We are now in a time of public collapse, known as "social distancing." Perhaps anti-social distancing is a more accurate label. Our global economy is proving to be more fragile than we expected. And it seems there are limits to what our scientific knowledge and technology can accomplish: we are vulnerable to viruses, be they … Continue reading Life in a Time of Covid-19: Local, Private Joys and Separate Politics
If we can’t have Liz Warren, let’s elect a president who emotes and cries.
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
"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."
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”
Because no one will pay to build His WALL-- Not Mexico, not Congress, not even the Wall Street Journal or Faux News, not anyone-- The PRESIDENT will send soldiers with guns To make sure Mexico does not invade. Nat. Guard will guard the desert (without shade) As long as Trump proclaims that they will stand On … Continue reading Couplets: “The Human Wall”
By John Kaufman In honor of World Poetry Day Couplets for those who don't betray The verse of stars, the vow of stones And meet the sinking sun alone-- As if a cell can bar a soul ... As if a whale can hide the whole.
If Trump banishes Mueller will Republicans banish him? Offhand I'd say the odds are much skinnier than slim. It's going to take some form of electoral disobedience To evict a president who demands we pledge allegiance To him, to him, to him, to him, to him, to him--to Him! ("Fake news" if he should lose, … Continue reading Couplets: “King of the Expedient”