Politics, Moderate



On July 4th let's ponder the question of where we went wrong and how

Politics, Moderate / Bob Franken /

As the country pauses for the Independence Day break, perhaps it's time not for celebration but for introspection. Specifically, we can ponder the question of where we went wrong and how. Perhaps it really started on that first July 4 in 1776, when the Declaration of Independence -- with its inspiring words "We hold these truths to be self-...Read more

Never count your predictions before they hatch

Politics, Moderate / Bob Franken /

Breaking news! In the polls, Trump is trailing Biden by a ton. In other words, Donald Trump has Joe Biden exactly where he wants him.

While citizens of all hues are engaged in national introspection over the racism that permeates our society and ongoing deadly police violence, Trump has been pandering to bigots. Plus, given Trump's dismal ...Read more

Consider defunding it all

Politics, Moderate / Bob Franken /

Many of you dismiss the "Defund the Police" movement as merely rhetorical excess, designed to get everyone's undies twisted in knots. And you'd be correct. It's really hyperbole meant to focus everyone's attention to the need to reform law enforcement in this country, and to weed out racist, deadly brutality by cops who all too often literally ...Read more

Camouflaging outrage

Politics, Moderate / Bob Franken /

This is when the follow-up reporting will be the most important part of the stories. I don't know if President Donald Trump and his people were using the "Friday Night Dump" to obscure the news that the administration moved to get rid of Geoffrey Berman from his post of U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York or whether it was the "...Read more

Racist Branding

Politics, Moderate / Bob Franken /

If the owners of Aunt Jemima syrup can phase out a brand that's been around since 1889 because it's racist, certainly the Washington NFL team can get rid of the racist R-word that has only been around since 1933.

Quaker Oats Company, which is in turn owned by PepsiCo, decided to abandon the familiar trademark even though it's been around for ...Read more

Tricky Don's election smear campaign will have no boundaries

Politics, Moderate / Bob Franken /

Consider the possibility that President Donald Trump never had any intention of holding his first rally on Juneteenth in Tulsa, Oklahoma. That is so absurdly insensitive even for him. Instead, perhaps he was announcing that plan so he could publicly change his mind at the behest of "many of my African American friends and supporters," as he said...Read more

The racist in chief is destroying our country

Politics, Moderate / Bob Franken /

He might be correct: Donald Trump has influenced the lives of African Americans as much as any president, with the possible exception of ... Jefferson Davis. No wonder he sides so consistently with those who want to maintain statues of Confederate leaders, including Jefferson Davis, president of the Confederate States of America during the Civil...Read more

Voting the bigots out will only be a start

Politics, Moderate / Bob Franken /

There are various degrees of bigotry. At the top of the dung heap are the perversely proud racists, those who used to dress in hooded robes. These days they are wearing camo and carrying weaponry that should be illegal but is not. They form militia groups and are usually white supremacists, and many have allies in police departments across the ...Read more

Repairing the country Trump leaves in tatters will be difficult

Politics, Moderate / Bob Franken /

Back during the pandemic (remember that?), nearly every corporate advertiser rushed out TV commercials stating, "We're all in this together."

No, we're not.

Even our name, the United States, is a load of hooey. There's nothing united about this country. We are instead bristling with divisions: right and left, white and black, pro-Trump and ...Read more


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