The Dream Is Not Satisfied
If one is going to quote MLK’s thoughts on the “content of their character,” they should really take a look at the rest of King’s Dream. Too much of that dream has been deferred, even half a century after his death.
You May Have Heard Good Things About Him, But He Didn’t Debate Lincoln in 1858
Will VA GOP lead with wisdom? Will they turn away from performative patriotism? Will they learn the difference between Frederick Douglass and Stephen A. Douglas? Their efforts thus far resemble those of a man looking for a gas leak by the light of a candle.
Life Is Precious and Complicated
Today an ad flashed across my screen declaring, ‘Adoption cannot replace abortion.’ As an adoptive mother, my heart broke thinking of the message that this ad would send to my children.
Observers can almost sense the giddiness of the media at the potential of a new COVID variant. Plus, Omicron sounds so much sexier than Delta.
Leave Brandon Out Of It
There are many reasons to dislike and disagree with President Joe Biden, but this sophomoric rhetoric is beneath a party that was once led by a man with such reverence for the office of the President that he is rumored to have never entered the Oval Office without a jacket.
Election Season Closing Argument
A Youngkin win may help cure the superiority complex plaguing many on the left and help them learn that to change minds one must lead with their heart and not their wagging finger. A McAuliffe win would be the bitter pill that needs to be swallowed to keep the heat turned up in the hopes that the Republican Party can survive.
All too often in the past few elections, voting has felt more like going to watch a co-worker’s kid’s school play than a production of Hamilton, obligatory suffering that must be endured rather than relished.
The Blame Is Ours
Earlier this year, I wrote two recommendations for people applying to be on Virginia’s redistricting commission. Even as I wrote the letters, I knew that neither of these people had a chance of being selected. It wasn’t because they weren’t smart enough, dedicated enough, or ethical enough; it was because they weren’t partisan enough. And that is why the redistricting commission is failing.
From PA to VA: 64 Years and Not Much Has Changed
Two African-American families moved into new homes, one in Levittown, PA, and one in Virginia Beach, VA. One family was greeted by a neighbor blasting Dixie and Old Black Joe at their home, the other had monkey sounds and banjo music played anytime they left the house. The harassment of one family lasted for 3 months, the other for 5 years. Can you tell which was in 1957 and which was in 2021?
23 Years Ago Today My Friend Matt Shepard Died
This issue is not political but personal. It changes from one to the other the moment someone you love says two simple words: “I’m gay.”