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.”
The More Things Change: Reading 1984 in 2021
While Big Brother, the omnipresent government idol who is the face of the Party in Oceania, is the aspect of the novel that most people remember from their high school English class, the real genius of the novel is in its dissection of how those in power can warp and control the thoughts of their members.
Southlake: a review
The podcast series Southlake focuses on a town of the same name and a period of about 2 years in which this North Texas town has a racial reconning that starts with the defacement of a park memorial to a beloved African American citizen and follows through to its current battles regarding CRT.
Teaching Government to Jaded Teens
I was shocked when the one thing my students could agree upon was the need for a strong, unbending, authoritative government that forces people to do right. When I asked if they trusted democracy to keep us off the path of self-destruction, they universally said that they didn’t.
The Southern Strategy Goes to School
Critical Race Theory is not being taught in any elementary, middle, or high school in Virginia. However, across the Commonwealth, school boards are being asked to prove a negative, and when they can’t, because one cannot prove a negative, that is used as irrefutable proof that the schools are hiding something. It is a self-created political sleight of hand.
A Vote Against Truth
We were once a shining city on a hill, but men and women with spades of deceit and shovels of lies have dug out the foundation of our republic while they point the finger at others for sending us careening into the bottom of a ravine.
A Republican Woman Spoke Up … Again
“To sit back hoping that someday, someway, someone will make things right is to go on feeding the crocodile, hoping he will eat you last – but eat you he will.” Ronald Reagan’s warning should ring like a siren in the ears of every Republican capitulating to the delusional conspiracies of a certain septuagenarian from Florida.
Remember the Ladies
Just when I thought that, after 244 years, the guys would have finally gotten it, they proved to be just as obtuse as good ole John Adams when he laughed at his wife’s letter saying, ‘I cannot but laugh… We know better than to repeal our Masculine systems.’