Category Archives: politics

“vanity of vanities; all is vanity”

    The news depresses me. It is too much, far too much, about trivialities presented as matters of grave concern to the nation and body politic. It is not informative and instructive and is in fact rebarbative. It induces … Continue reading

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immigration policy, Walt Whitman, and Donald Trump’s wall; or, the Berlin Wall redux

    For decades, open borders have allowed drugs and gangs to pour into our most vulnerable communities. They have allowed millions of low-wage workers to compete for jobs and wages against the poorest Americans. Most tragically, they have caused … Continue reading

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prevarication; institutionalized cruelty

    Two news stories caught my eye this morning.   “This way madness lies” by Dana Milbank Washington Post January 16, 2017 https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/this-way-madness-lies/2018/01/16/0b627fe2-fb0a-11e7-a46b-a3614530bd87_story.html?utm_term=.3b24634fb0e1   and   “Michigan Father Deported After Living in U.S. for 30 Years” By Christina Caron … Continue reading

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a better, stronger country?

    re “As a 2-State Solution Loses Steam, a 1-State Plan Gains Traction”   By David M. Halbfinger The New York Times January 5, 2018         *****************************************************   The article states: The Israeli right, emboldened by President Trump’s … Continue reading

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Sic semper tyrannis

    Have you noticed? On cable news stations now, it’s all Trump, all the time. Trump and his administration should be covered closely and his actions, statements, and claims scrutinized. But, in my humble opinion, it’s way too much. … Continue reading

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philosophy class

        *****************************************************   Sarah Huckabee Sanders, in a press conference on November 17, 2017, asked about why President Trump tweeted ridiculing and criticizing Al “Frankenstein” (but had no comment about Roy Moore) was asked to elaborate on … Continue reading

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Nuts?

      I could not help but think of my recent post “After Racist Rage, Statues Fall”   https://rogersgleanings.com/2017/09/06/after-racist-rage-statues-fall/     when I read an op-ed piece by Gail Collins in today’s New York Times: “Dogs, Saints and Columbus Day” … Continue reading

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