The strategy for beating Trumpism: Learn from the past and reach out to the future

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This country was founded on two atrocities: the displacement and massacre of indigenous people and the abduction and enslavement of Africans. The arguments that Native Americans would still be living in teepees or mud houses if it wasn't for "us" or that African Americans can "go back to where they came from," are astonishingly racist, … Continue reading The strategy for beating Trumpism: Learn from the past and reach out to the future

The New York Times Owes Americans an Apology: Shutting Down Mental Health Experts Amounts to Journalistic Malpractice

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I'm the last person in the world who believes in conspiracy theories. So if anyone had told me what I read in Joshua Kendell's article, "Muzzled by Psychiatry in a Time of Crisis: The Man in the White Coat, The New York Times and The Stifling of the Public Debate about Donald Trump's Fitness to … Continue reading The New York Times Owes Americans an Apology: Shutting Down Mental Health Experts Amounts to Journalistic Malpractice

Magnificent Obsession: a plea to Mike Bloomberg, Pete Buttigieg, Tulsi Gabbard, Amy Klobuchar, Bernie Sanders, Tom Steyer and Elizabeth Warren to support Joe Biden

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Hear me out. Please.If there's one thing Americans can agree on it's how divided we are. Theories abound as to why, mostly in the form of finger-pointing. Solutions from government officials, media consultants and civic leaders are bantered about like intellectual sport. The anger is palpable. I'm no politician but, as a former Army Behavioral Health … Continue reading Magnificent Obsession: a plea to Mike Bloomberg, Pete Buttigieg, Tulsi Gabbard, Amy Klobuchar, Bernie Sanders, Tom Steyer and Elizabeth Warren to support Joe Biden

The Most Dangerous Man in America: It’s Not Who You Think

Some readers may remember Congresswoman Connie Morella. I grew up in her district. I used to quip she was a "Republican in name only." She even voted against impeaching President Bill Clinton. Morella served eight terms before being defeated by then-State Senator Chris Van Hollen. While I understood the Democratic Party's desire to bolster its … Continue reading The Most Dangerous Man in America: It’s Not Who You Think

“America is Not a Racist Country:” The politics of semantics

We've watched it hundreds of times: the verbal chess match between reporters and politicians. One trying to corner the other into admitting something the audience already knows. The purpose of these interviews is less about substance and more about gamesmanship. As long as the politician keeps arguing - no matter how disingenuous or irrational the … Continue reading “America is Not a Racist Country:” The politics of semantics

The Art of De-Escalation

de•es•ca•late [de-es-kuh-leyt] verb (with or without object), to decrease in intensity, magnitude, etc. As a Social Work Officer at Fort Bragg, my primary mission was the Family Advocacy Program, the Army's solution for addressing domestic violence. When recounting a domestic incident, I was struck by how Soldiers described what happened. They never said, "I was … Continue reading The Art of De-Escalation