Politics, Moderate



The case against continued violence

Politics, Moderate / Bob Franken /

"No justice, no peace." Surely we have all heard that chant for decades at various protests ... well, all but the most cloistered in their white privilege. One can debate about the justification for violence in the wake of still another police murder of an African American man, this time George Floyd. But there is, in the final analysis, one ...Read more

We're having a face-off over face masks

Politics, Moderate / Bob Franken /

In the United States these days we fight about everything, even about wearing face masks, where the advantages are obvious. In addition to protecting others from your coughing and sneezing, which can spread the deadly coronavirus, it has several cosmetic benefits. Personally, I don't shave as often as I used to; the stubble is hidden. This ...Read more

Taking his own snake oil?

Politics, Moderate / Bob Franken /

Admit it: You don't know whether to believe him or not. Is President Donald Trump lying about taking hydroxychloroquine? He usually does make things up, but one thing is absolutely true about the Trumpster: He always manages somehow to focus all of the attention on himself.

And we in newsbiz fall for it every single time. The moment he slipped ...Read more

Trump surrenders in the fight of public health while retreating into personal ambition

Politics, Moderate / Bob Franken /

A month or so from now, it will be interesting to see how many of the customers who crowded into Wisconsin bars without masks the moment their local government leaders lifted the taverns' restrictions have caught the coronavirus ... and how many have died. It's morbid, but so is the trade-off that comes courtesy of the highly political ...Read more

Trump's defensive offense is to be offensively defensive

Politics, Moderate / Bob Franken /

I can never remember: Is it "The best offense is a good defense," or "The best defense is a good offense"? Let's choose offense as defense, because the president, Donald Trump, wants to get re-elected. He constantly uses his offensiveness to shield him from accountability for various obnoxious acts. And it usually works. At least so far. Note ...Read more

Trump's wishful thinking won't make it so

Politics, Moderate / Bob Franken /

Let's take one of those magical trips down memory lane, way back to 1939. One of the popular tunes back then was "Wishing (Will Make It So)."

"Wishing will make it so, Just keep on wishing and care will go."

It was sung by Vera Lynn, among others, and covered by the likes of Glenn Miller, Bing Crosby and now, 80 years later, by Donald Trump ...Read more

Believe no one

Politics, Moderate / Bob Franken /

It's a sad commentary on the United States when you have to wonder if either side is telling the truth when you see a spat between our government and China.

China's leaders cannot be trusted; we all know that. We've had that pounded into our heads as part of our indoctrination -- er, education -- from our first days of school. And we've had it ...Read more

"You have done a heckuva job, Donnie!"

Politics, Moderate / Bob Franken /

W has found it necessary in this crisis to dust off his presidency and issue a plaintive video statement that should be obvious but in this day and age is not.

"Let us remember how small our differences are in the face of this shared threat. In the final analysis, we are not partisan combatants. We are human beings, equally vulnerable and ...Read more


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