In 2023, the polar ice caps are melting. The political polarization in the U.S. is hardening. That’s proof that climate change is not just limited to the environment. The political, social and emotional climate in our nation is changing as well. Much of the environmental climate change can be attributed to things that we humans are doing. In contrast, much of the political, social and emotional climate change can be attributed to what we humans are not doing. We are failing to develop … [Read more...]
Word of the Year: Democracy
After a long and hard-fought campaign, it is now my honor to utter the four most powerful words in a democracy: “The people have spoken.” I have often said that a vote is a prayer for the world we desire for ourselves and our children. — Raphael Warnock, victory speech …I don’t want any of you to stop dreaming. I don’t want any of you to stop believing in America. I want you to believe in America, and to continue to believe in the Constitution and believe … [Read more...]
Republicans Trumped: Reflections on the Midterms and Beyond
This guy (Donald Trump) is the best thing for Democrats since FDR. — Former GOP Rep Francis Rooney (R-FL) Going into the mid-term elections, the conventional wisdom espoused by pundits, pollsters, and the media was that the Democrats were going to take a serious shellacking. They were wrong. On November 8, the Democrats did some shellacking of their own. Politicians, analysts, and reporters cited a number of reasons for this including: abortion, democracy, turnout, boots on … [Read more...]
2022 Thanksgiving Thoughts: The Light of Democracy Still Shines
This Thanksgiving we are thankful that the light of our American democracy still shines. Much of the media in the period from Labor Day in September until the midterm elections on November 8 was consumed with politically-related coverage. That coverage featured stories about: an American people who were polls and poles apart; crazies and conspiracy theorists; threats and intimidations of election officials and workers; voter suppression versus voter expression; lawsuits alleging fraud … [Read more...]
Stop Making Sense: America’s New National Anthem?
In 1984, the American rock band Talking Heads released a classic live album titled Stop Making Sense. That album featured songs such as Psycho Killer, Burning Down the House, and Life During Wartime. That album title could be America’s new national anthem as those cuts are emblematic of the politically and socially divided times in which we Americans find ourselves today. We are living in a country in which truth has become fiction, conspiracy theories have … [Read more...]
What is the Future of Public Education in the U.S.?
Public education is one of the primary pillars on which this American democracy was built during the 19th and 20th centuries. In this 21st century, especially over the past few years, public education has been pilloried. The question becomes what is the future for public education in the U.S.? To determine that let’s examine its history, current status, and the challenges and opportunities for public education going forward. Public Education … [Read more...]
Is Our American Democracy Unfurling or Unraveling?
January 6, 2021 is a date that will be remembered in American history. This will be the case because of the storming of the halls of Congress by a mob of insurrectionists intent on impeding the democratic process. January 6, 2011 will not be remembered. But there was something that happened in Congress then as well which tells us something about the nature of our American democracy. On that date, near the outset of the newly assembled 112th Congress, members of the … [Read more...]
Recession: A Critical Time for Small Businesses
72% of the 198 panelists polled by National Association for Business Economics (NABE) in early August predicted that the United States would be in a recession by the middle of 2023. 19% of those surveyed felt the economy is already in a recession. There is no certainty in either of those assessments. There is a certainty, however, that a recession would lead to the deaths of small businesses and precipitate the births of small businesses as well. The small business deaths will be … [Read more...]
Will “Moneypox” end America’s Labor Daze?
The outbreak of Monkeypox in the United States continues to worsen. It has been declared a national health emergency and the federal government is taking steps to reduce its spread through vaccinations. Moneypox in our country also continues to worsen. We define moneypox as an infectious condition of the American economy in which those with considerable wealth get richer and those of lesser means get poorer. There are and will be no vaccinations that can be used to … [Read more...]
News in America is in Trouble. Part 3: Time to Rewrite the Story
This is the third part of a three-part series on News in America. Part 1 provided the consumers’ perspective on the news. Part 2 presented journalists’ thoughts and industry data. This part sets out improvement recommendations… The News in America is in trouble. Consumers think that. Journalists think that. It is time to rewrite that story because, as discussed in our earlier blogs, the news has been in a downward trajectory in this 21st century. If that trajectory … [Read more...]