In the telling of the later versions of the Genesis tale of Noah and the Ark (those not in the original Biblical accounts), the people are shown mocking Noah and his family for wasting a century in constructing the large vessel that would sustain them and the selected animals during the flood. In other versions, they ignore Noah’s warnings to build arks of their own so they avoid the cataclysm that God intended for Earth. Today, with a significant portion of the Trump (formerly Republican) Party denying the existence of human-made climate change, it is easy now to see the Genesis Flood story as one of climate change with Noah as the protagonist warning people of the natural catastrophe that was about to be unleashed and the rest of the populace denying and ridiculing him until it was too late. Today, it is the scientists warning of the consequences of our actions and inactions on climate change and it is the Trump Administration, in denying its own far-reaching report, that are not heeding the lessons of history and pursuing policies to combat the problem while it still can be.
We need to pay heed to the environmental lessons of Noah and the Ark.
It is ironic that the now Trump Party in its former Republican Party form once embraced and championed science, land conservation, and environmental protection. It was a Republican President Theodore Roosevelt that helped develop the United States Forest and Park Services. It was a Republican President Dwight Eisenhower, following the launch of Sputnik, who oversaw the creation of N.A.S.A. and the start of the space race. It was a Republican President Richard Nixon that signed the legislation that created the Environmental Protection Agency (E.P.A.) and Clean Air Act.
Posted in Climate Change, Commentary, Community, David Gordon, Editorial, Education, Energy, environment, GOP War On..., History, Infrastructure, Science, Water
Tagged Barack Obama, Bush, Clean Air Act, donald trump, Dwight Eosenhower, E.P.A., George W, Jim Bridenstine, Kyoto Climate Accords, Mo Brooks, N.A.S.A., Paris Climate Agreement, Richard Nixon, Theodore Roosevelt
Former Vice President Hubert Humphrey
Over the last week, there have been numerous salutations of the late Attorney General and New York Senator Robert Francis Kennedy who was assassinated after having won the California Primary in May 1968.
The tragic assassination, coupled with the horrific murder of his brother in Dallas five years earlier has left no shortage of historians and public policy wonks wondering “What if RFK had lived? Would he have won the nomination? Would he have been able to beat Nixon? What kind of President would he have been?”
These are all interesting and valid questions but it presupposes that the Democrats had no Progressive Champion carrying the banner for them in 1968 and that cannot be further from the truth.
Posted in Activism, Campaigns, Civil Rights, Commentary, Community, Congress, Convention, David Gordon, Economics, Editorial, Education, Elections, Energy, environment, Healthcare, Infrastructure, Justice, Labor, Legislation, Military, Party Politics, Poverty, President, Uncategorized
Tagged civil rights, Hubert Humphrey, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, Medicare, Peace Corp, Richard Nixon, Robert Kennedy
The President and his devout counsel must think we are a Banana Republic. Despite his, and the zealots in his party, best efforts to facilitate this development, we are fortunately not there yet.
It was revealed today in the New York Times that some of the Presidents lawyers (including those no longer serving him) argued that obstruction of justice charges against the President cannot be pursued because, as head of the Executive Branch, he has the power to supervise investigations.
This is the zenith of chutzpah because if the President had such power, former Presidents Nixon and Clinton would have had their Justice Departments strangle the Watergate, and Whitewater Investigations in their infancies.
We are a Republic Mr. President, not an Absolute Monarchy or a Banana Republic. Being a Republic, you are not above the law and your people have to wonder if you are so innocent, why are you acting so guilty and making pronouncements and gestures that show culpability.
Sooner or Later the truth will come out. It always does. Just ask those who served Presidents Nixon and Clinton. It is inevitable.
Posted in Commentary, Community, Constitution, Corruption, Courts, Crime, David Gordon, Editorial, Ethics, Justice, Law Enforcement, Party Politics, President, Russian Affair, Scandals
Tagged Bill Clinton, donald trump, Richard Nixon
Prop 122 allows Arizonans or their elected representatives to determine the Constitutionality of federal laws.
Prop 122— the misguided nullification of federal law ballot initiative– has passed and will now become law. Liberals bemoaned this initiative before the elections, but we lost. 🙁
Rather than cry in our beer, we liberals should put on our thinking caps and come up with laws that we believe are unconstitutional. (Remember how the Satanists turned the Hobby Lobby decision to their advantage?)
After all, any Arizonan can play the Constitutionality game because Prop 122 says “… the people or their representatives [can] exercise their authority pursuant to this section…” What about laws promoting voter suppression, restrictions on abortion clinics, unnecessary medical procedures (like vaginal ultrasound), or racial profiling. Aren’t those unconstitutional? Oops. Those are state laws.
Turning to federal laws, I declare the Controlled Substances Act to be unconstitutional. Here’s why…
Posted in Civil Rights, Constitution, Crime, Drug Policy, Economics, Ethics, GOP War On..., IOKIYAR, Law Enforcement, Pamela Powers Hannley, Racism
Tagged Controlled Substances Act, marijuana, Prop 122, Richard Nixon, War on Drugs