By John Kaufman I polled myself-- a single throng-- With two choices--right or wrong? When wrong was loud and right was soft, Wrong was the one I held aloft. . . But then I saw it wasn't right-- The crowd went quiet; the voice was mine.
"Elizabeth Warren" by Gage Skidmore is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 After the media and Democratic voters of Iowa and New Hampshire sent Senator Elizabeth Warren out to get coffee for the cream of the Democratic Primary, the debate last night in Las Vegas proved that Warren the candidate came back with a glass of … Continue reading Warren is Back. Cheers!
Democrats in 2019, to beat Trump in 2020: "Biden or Warren?" Biden, according to polls, beats Trump by the largest margin, especially in crucial swing states. Warren, however, is more liberal, intellectual, younger, has excellent grasp of policy and many plans, appeals to women, would be our first female president. . . also competitive with … Continue reading Dem Primary:"Look! A Billionaire vs. a Socialist!"
After a long retreat, a deep ebb tide of silence, the Pacific blog returns to regular publication for this momentous political year. The Pacific will remain "a still small voice" in the vast ocean of digital detritus, providing discriminating readers with shorter prose pieces on politics, literature and religion, as well as the occasional original … Continue reading The Pacific Returns for 2020
If Rudy* is a “hand grenade”*Why did Bolton* send his aideTo disarm the whole charadeWhile Bolton lounges in the shade? Well, that is how his wars are made:From the safety of Bolton's brain. Note: *Rudy Giuliani, former mayor of NYC serving as President Trump's personal attorney and covert diplomat in Ukraine. *John Bolton was the … Continue reading John Bolton's Wars (a poem)
There is a new “Commission on Unalienable Rights” Investigating whether there’s a thing called human rights For aliens & atheists & immigrants & kids And anyone who alienates It by the color of her skin.
"There's only one thing worse than being effete; And that's being a cosmopolitan elite! What we need is conservative nationalism: America white or wrong! You know, imperialism."
A Trump Voter's 2020 Dilemma "Assuming that Pelosi won't impeach, Some solution to my quandary must be reached: Having voted for a racist once, Can I now vote for a racist dunce?"
Propaganda is hard to tell. Eventually, it's "what the hell?"
To be "liberal" is to be "open to new ideas" and "favourable to or respectful of individual rights and freedoms." Given the above definition, can a true liberal be a promoter or defender of that most ancient flaw of humanity--war? Is such a thing as a "liberal hawk" logical or possible? One of the oldest … Continue reading Why I am a "bleeding-heart liberal"
Here are three poems by a neglected (some would say deservedly so) Wisconsin born and raised American poet-- Ella Wheeler Wilcox, whose late 19th and early 20th Century verse is full of rhyme and meter and "sentimental" Victorian optimism, the very thing the Modernists rebelled against. And yet many of her poems have a witty, … Continue reading Three Poems of Ella Wheeler Wilcox