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Trump, The Stock Market, Tax Reform & The American Dream

Tweet Our country has reached the apogee of the American Dream. The stock market is roaring, new heights almost weekly.  Tax reform has sent trillions of dollars to the most affluent of our citizens.  Daily, President Donald Trump is releasing all controls on the dammed up flood of investment and money flowing to new oil [...]

Traveling to a New America Stops at Berkeley Book Fair

Tweet “Traveling to a New America” appeared this past weekend at the Berkeley Book Fair in Berkeley, California.  I was there with my wife Elizabeth.  Each year, the event draws thousands of people interested in new books and ideas. This year and next, I will be traveling to towns and cities all across America, meeting [...]

Republicans, Trump, and others “Left Behind”

Tweet Evangelicals proudly point to the series of “Left Behind” books, which former televangelist Jerry Falwell called “In terms of its impact on Christianity, it’s probably greater than that of any other book in modern times, outside the Bible.” The war in these books is between the Tribulation Force, the good guys marching towards the [...]

Envy, Racism & Democracy in Trump-Time

Tweet I was in a food store recently, standing next in line behind a young black woman who was checking out some items.  Her behavior was rather uncontrolled, her voice loud as she spoke to a friend seemingly, several feet away.  Her language bespoke a lack of education, and her appearance – disheveled jeans, and [...]

Last Gasp of a Dying White/Christian Order

Tweet So Donald Trump comes out today vowing to unleash the shackles of  political participation on behalf of religious (aka Christian, most notably Evangelical) groups. It is just the latest (and will certainly not be the last) attempt to resurrect the buried hopes and dreams of a dying, gasping segment of America that has been [...]

Traveling to a New America – People Along the Way – Vallejo, CA.

Tweet Traveling to a New America – People Along the Way Keisha.  Vallejo, California. __________________________ Keisha, are you from this area originally? “I grew up in East Oakland, one of the roughest neighborhoods.  I moved my children here 16 years ago.  I raised all five of my children here.  My son just passed away from [...]

Civil War in America

Tweet America has always provoked a Civil War. It is the nature of the ideal: brotherhood, sisterhood, equality, compassion like a river surging through blood-soaked fields. War at each moment, within our very own breasts.  Shall we advance? Staring defeat in the face, to muster courage and go for what has never yet been given [...]

Traveling to a New America/The Greater Self

Tweet Donald Trump is trying to steer America into a small, walled-off world.  He is rapidly shutting off all doors to the future, to connections to a greater world and its people, and retreating into a fearful shell of protectionism that can only end in disaster. There are eternal principles at work here.  No one [...]

The Dawning of a New America

Tweet Today, Donald Trump is sworn in as the next President of the United States.  He has campaigned on the slogan, “Make America Great Again.” The America he, and millions of other Americans, are looking forward to is already buried deep and irrevocably in the past.  It is nowhere to be found.  It was a [...]

Abraham Lincoln & Donald Trump

Tweet I’ve just finished rereading Carl Sandburg’s great biography, Abraham Lincoln, The Prairie Years and The War Years. What Lincoln meant to the American people was shown by Lincoln’s final journey across the country by railroad car from the East Coast to Springfield, Illinois, where he was buried.  Along the journey, millions of people turned [...]