Ken Burns’ “Vietnam” series on PBS has attracted a surprising amount of attention in the social media and from left-wing critics. Here’s a hint: If you’re a fan of Salon, Slate, MSNBC or Rachel Maddow, ignore what they say about “Vietnam.” The series is spectacular, bold, honest, tragic, and heart-wrenching. (This is just a wild-ass […]
The recent events in Charlottesville and the movement to remove confederate memorials across the South have again inspired confederate apologists to cry, “It wasn’t about slavery!” Oh, but it was. For generations we Americans have been taught that the American Civil War was a bloody disagreement over states’ rights. Something about tariffs, and Northern fabric […]
“I’m not ready to make nice,
”I’m not ready to back down
“I’m still mad as hell, and I don’t have time
“To go ’round and ’round and ’round
“It’s too late to make it right
“I probably wouldn’t if I could
“’Cause I’m mad as hell
“Can’t bring myself to do what it is
“You think I should…”
Gorman uses a pathos-laden narrative to try to portray a creative, bi-partisan attempt to fund badly needed improvements in health care, infrastructure, and education as something nefarious.
For all of (Trump’s) adoration-soaked, flag-draped rallies, for all of his whipping up of racists and other losers into frenzies of violence and just plain stupidity, he forgot to give his legions the two things he truly needed to take over the government: Guns and organizational leadership.
It isn’t enough to give leftovers, to give what we won’t miss. Like the hay farmers helping their fellow producers, we need to give what we can ill afford, the widow’s mite, the pint of blood to save the bleeding.
I’m rather fond of educators, classroom teachers in particular, and again and again I hear that federal regulations issued by the USDOE are harming our public schools.