Politics, Moderate



Reviewing Trump's Future

Politics, Moderate / Bob Franken /

Could it be that Donald Trump is losing his touch? "Who?" you ask, and that's exactly the point. With the Trumpster sliding from the main stage to lounge act, we may soon imagine a world where he's traveling from small town to small town in a rickety old bus, playing before a handful of seats in a shabby motel with a dwindling number of old ...Read more

Pups And Pervs (Alleged)

Politics, Moderate / Bob Franken /

Pups and pervs (alleged)

Up until now I haven't written about Rep. Matt Gaetz because he's too pervy for my taste. And by now you know how warped my taste is.

Besides, he is ALLEGEDLY pervy, so there might be a perfectly good explanation for why he's being investigated by the feds and the House Ethics Committee for, among other things, taking ...Read more

Woke This Way

Politics, Moderate / Bob Franken /

The way it usually works out, organized labor is aligned with the Democrats, and big business is closely connected to the GOP. And it is true that the Dems still march in lockstep with those who are the employees, by and large. However, it's both Republicans and Democrats who are slugging it out with the corporations.

First of all, when I say "...Read more

Decoys And Other Fakes

Politics, Moderate / Bob Franken /

When we constructed the interstate system, we simply bypassed much of our country's intricate variety. Still, in spite of losing this national character, there are those who get their kicks motoring the monotonous I-ways of America. They find a comfortable routine in the coast to coast, border to border ennui of signs for toll collection, motels...Read more

Take Me Out To The Ballgame

Politics, Moderate / Bob Franken /

Just as opening day was going to provide some semblance of normalcy, the coronavirus once again shut things down. For the second straight year, I am being denied the right to celebrate a rite of spring in my unique way. In seasons past, I'd return to Nats Park on the MLB official beginning of the season and shout "Happy New Year!" to my heart's ...Read more

The Other J-C

Politics, Moderate / Bob Franken /

Jim Crow is not a real person. He's a fictional character invented by a white guy for demeaning performances in minstrel shows. But for generations of Black Americans, Jim Crow is very real and ever present in their lives.

It evolved into the name given to whites' grudging end to slavery, or almost end to slavery. That is, if you consider an ...Read more

GPI And Other Rankings

Politics, Moderate / Bob Franken /

It doesn't rank as the most dangerous country in the world -- that would be Afghanistan, with Syria a close second -- but the United States is in pretty dismal company when it comes to the so-called Global Peace Index.

The U.S. ranks 121st out of 163 countries, just ahead of Burkina Faso. That's according to the Institute for Economics and ...Read more

The Split Personalities

Politics, Moderate / Bob Franken /

Which is it: Are the police inherently thuggish, brutish enforcers of a racist America? They have been accused of being complicit in the deaths of so many minorities, particularly from the Black community, like George Floyd. Or are they the protectors of America's democracy, like the heroes and victims in the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol?

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