You’ve been called a “Libtard,” a “snowflake,” and any number of disgusting things on Facebook by a suspect source or sources. Worse yet, these bullies and bots bring in garbage about Hillary, the “baby killer,” depict President Obama in hate-filled cartoons or call him any number of unspeakable names, or simply continue to spread outright lies. People respond to this negative post and soon enough, your entire Facebook page or Twitter feed is filled with frustrated responses to a disgusting line from a name you don’t recognize. Let’s end this now. Bots and Trolls: Bots and Trolls are not the same things, but they areRead More →

Waking up, I resolve not to think, talk, or write about Trump for at least a day, maybe a week. His brew of likely criminal corruption, manipulation, lying, complicity, collusion with dictators, bullying, sexism, racism, xenophobia, and historical and scientific ignorance is too toxic to consume daily. It is now considered likely that he is a traitor, to boot. I want relief from this “Trump fever.” Yet, Trump is hard to avoid. His toxic brew is loud, brash, and grabbing the attention of everyone in media every hour of every day. Trump and his surrogates who roam the White House or our nation’s Capital areRead More →

The words of the framers of our Declaration of Independence held the promise of a grand, exceptional design: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” Within that asseveration lies the first glimpse of what is meant by the phrase “American exceptionalism.” Those words in our Declaration of Independence also belie veracity. To the millions of black slaves already part of the fabric of the new nation, those words were a falsehood and cruelty. To the women ofRead More →

Ah, if only Aristotle was more widely read today in America. The ancient Greek’s work on blame, force of circumstances, undesirable consequences, and individual responsibility is not widely known to the general public, even the most educated among us. The American public, however, purports to be experts at assigning blame, and in the advent of Trump, there is plenty of blame to go around. A recent New York Times front page news headline read: “Democrats as Toxic as Trump.” That would certainly place blame equally in a way that makes absolutely no sense at all. Not every reader is aware that headlines are an editor’sRead More →

Journalists are finding themselves in the increasingly uncomfortable position of being attacked since the advent of Trump. Donald Trump has led the way in demeaning actual news organizations that report on information he does not like, calling the outlets and reports “fake news” and journalists the “enemies of the people.” Without much analysis, it would appear that Trump finds his attacks on journalists play well with his base, as he creates new scapegoats even when evidence to the contrary is right in front of our eyes. The old line about a “liberal media” bias is long outdated if it was ever based in fact, notRead More →

Straightening up my living room one evening, I stopped to listen to the local news station broadcast. Suddenly, the announcer changed mid-broadcast, and a woman I had not seen on the channel before appeared and started talking about the FBI and Clinton conspiracy to illegally violate the Constitution. I stopped what I was doing and paid careful attention. Then, the segment cut back to the local newscaster who proceeded to describe a fire in Syracuse. Something was off—way off. I immediately checked all reliable news outlets to see if there was some bizarre story I had missed, but I had not. The “newscast” about theRead More →