S/SW blog philosophy -

I credit favorite writers and public opinion makers.

A lifelong Democrat, my comments on Congress, the judiciary and the presidency are regular features.

My observations and commentary are on people and events in politics that affect the USA or the rest of the world, and stand for the interests of peace, security and justice.

Friday, October 02, 2015

From blogging to what?

Like many of my web friends, I rarely blog these days, but I am active on Twitter.  "Follow me at Twitter," is one of my current Internet invitations.

I am also an active curator/editor of my auto-published editions at  Please take a look:
See you there . . .

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Diversity vs. fear of "The Other" in governance

How different are political party attitudes about the idea of diversity in the workplace?  Historically, the Republican party has been a very long way from achieving diversity and inclusiveness. Republicans are living out fear of "the other" in their presidential campaign.  Compare the Republican lineup of "mostly white men," with the Democratic lineup, led in the polls by the first female having a real chance of getting elected.  Democrats in Washington have actually lived out "diversity and inclusion" in the Obama administration.

How diverse is the current Democratic administration led by President Obama?  The effort formally began with the establishment in the President's Office of Personnel Management of a Diversity and Inclusion in Government Council in 2011.  By 2013 Real Clear Politics wrote that the White House was very committed to a diverse cabinet.

How hard did the Democratic administration push for real inclusion up to 2015?  Yesterday, according to Juliet Elperin in the Washington Post, President "Obama has vastly changed the face of the federal bureaucracy."  Diversity initiatives are "baked in" at the cabinet level such as in the Energy Department and the Department of Veteran's Affairs, for example.

What happens when there is genuine commitment to diversity in the federal government workforce?  According to Chron/Small Business, there are some distinct advantages to having a diverse workforce.  There can be increases in productivity and creativity.  Our government's global focus demands a variety of language skills.  Additionally, a positive reputation for diversity enhances the possibility of attracting the best and brightest workers, who choose the government as their employer.

Why do so many Republicans believe that government cannot work?  We ended up with a deeply divided government in Washington, starting in 2013.  That year, the Lee and Low Blog, argued that the U. S. Congress lacked diversity, citing a number of unfortunate reasons.  Republicans took control of the legislative branch of government using gerrymandering, exclusionary voter ID laws, low voter turnout, inadequate campaign finance rules, along with racism and sexism.

What would have to happen for Republicans to elect the next POTUS?  It occurred to me that the Trump phenomenon currently manifesting in the Republican party indicates that achieving voter diversity is not one of their goals.  Contrast among their candidates is not high.  They have one African American, one female, and one Latino. 

What are their chances?  Not good in a general election.  There are far too many diverse voters, the "others" so feared by the Far Right.

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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

The Future of our Nation Examined Through the Eyes of Twitter

Do you ever worry about the future of our nation?
Re-reading my Twitter/HootSuite 2015 national news threads just now, proved to be alarming for me.
  1. Budget War talk started early.
  2. Republicans made head-spinning claims as soon as they took over.
  3. Legislating under Republicans began with the meaningless Keystone Pipeline bill.
  4. My own crazy state of Texas has not disappointed in its heartlessness this year.
  5. The Secret Service admitted to having problems with alcohol.
The Republican budget that has just been introduced favors the "One Percent."  It would abandon large swaths of vulnerable people.  Even though they claim credit for an improving economy, Congress will do nothing to fix the essential infrastructure needed to support and continue that healthy economy.  The Keystone Pipeline benefits the Canadian economy.  Texas turns farther towards the extreme right as each month passes.  And we cannot protect the safety of the POTUS.  These realities reinforce my worry about what is happening to the USA in early 2015 .

But there are bright spots that should not be ignored.
Not all Congressional Republicans are stupid or corrupt.  Science continues to prevail.  Truth continues to have its brave apologists. We can count on our centuries old friend, Europe, to have our back.  Some states in the USA are not insane.  And optimists tweet.

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Monday, April 01, 2013

Is it time for a new Bill of Rights?

Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 1933. Lietuvi┼│: Fra...

Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 1933. Lietuvi┼│: Franklinas Delanas Ruzveltas (Photo credit: Wikipedia)



President Obama won the 2012 election,  but the gap between the very rich and the poor is still far too wide.  Wages are stagnant, corporations are bloated with excess earnings and far too many people often go hungry.

President Franklin D. Roosevelt was President during the Great Depression.  His vision probably saved our nation.  Republicans exhibited some of the same symptoms of intransigence that we see today.

Author Ellen Brown  wrote an article for The Asia Times in 2011 that posits an idea Roosevelt put forth in 1944.  It is worth quoting:


Time for a new Bill of Rights
By Ellen Brown


Roosevelt’s own vision reached its sharpest focus in 1944, when he called for a Second Bill of Rights. He said:

“This Republic had its beginning, and grew to its present strength, under the protection of certain inalienable political rights. ... They were our rights to life and liberty. As our nation has grown in size and stature, however - as our industrial economy expanded - these political rights proved inadequate to assure us equality in the pursuit of happiness.”

He then enumerated the economic rights he thought needed to be added to the Bill of Rights. They included:

“The right to a job;

The right to earn enough to pay for food and clothing;
The right of businessmen to be free of unfair competition and domination by monopolies;
The right to a decent home;
The right to adequate medical care and the opportunity to enjoy good health;
The right to adequate protection from the economic fears of old age, sickness, accident, and unemployment;
The right to a good education.”

Asia Time Online - Daily NewsNov 16, 2011

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