Simone Biles: Re-modeling Mental Health and Female Self-Esteem

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Listening to Simone Biles at Tuesday's press conference, I was struck by how comfortable she appeared with her decision. Let's be clear: Simone is not the problem. We are. In our media-driven culture, where appearance is confused with substance and simple solutions are thrown at complex problems, Simone taught the country a lesson: mental health … Continue reading Simone Biles: Re-modeling Mental Health and Female Self-Esteem

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

This country was founded on two atrocities: the displacement and massacre of indigenous people and the abduction and enslavement of Africans. But this isn't about "us versus them." This is about us versus us. And Trumpism is America's reckoning. Joe Biden was right. The 2020 election was about the soul of America. We've been in … Continue reading The strategy for beating Trumpism: Learn from the past and reach out to the future

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

Published December 2019 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 … 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 Age of Ageism

Senator Diane Feinstein received a lot of criticism yesterday for calling the hypothetical retirement of Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer "a great loss." She is quoted as saying, "My general belief is if a person serving with integrity and working hard and producing for whatever the constituency is, that's what these jobs are all about." … Continue reading The Age of Ageism

Demonizing Joe Manchin

Take it from someone who worked on Capitol Hill: DC Statehood was always one of those causes every Democrat in congress would get behind knowing it had zero chance of passing. The question is if 2021 is any different. With the momentum of the Black Lives Matter movement and increasing engagement of Black voters, along … Continue reading Demonizing Joe Manchin

Trump’s Insults Veterans: How this is different and why it matters

I joined the Army late in life, at the age of 42. In announcing this decision, the first question I'd get was "Why?" While I feared my answer would sound hokey, I told the truth: because I wanted to be part of something bigger than myself and to make a larger impact. It wasn't until … Continue reading Trump’s Insults Veterans: How this is different and why it matters

Police Brutality and 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 Police Brutality and the Art of De-Escalation

The New York Times Versus the Truth: How the media giant shut down warnings of Trump’s dangerousness

Published April 28, 2020 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 … Continue reading The New York Times Versus the Truth: How the media giant shut down warnings of Trump’s dangerousness