Category National Politics

Book Review: January 1973

January 1973: Watergate, Roe v. Wade, Vietnam, and the Month That Changed America Forever by James Robenalt is an essential read into a month in American history where a confluence of events all came together. The book doesn’t really cover new ground but does tie and weave the intricate motif of the a pivotal month in […]

The meaning of Christmas for the United States

In what is becoming an increasingly secular nation, Christmas isn’t celebrated as the festival of “Americana” that it once was – nor should it be. It always has struck me as odd that people who don’t embrace religion find Christmas to be a Holiday of note – perhaps its for family and the children this […]

The myth of America and Americanism – is it dead? Was it ever real?

Is the American idea over? Is it dead? The ultimate journal of America, The Atlantic turned 160 years old this year and the November issue of the venerable publication pondered this question. Both the left and right have different ideals of what America stands for and without a genuine national purpose or ties that unite, […]

Progressives and Democrats must decide – are they for women or for themselves?

As I am sure y’all have noticed, I’ve been absent from these pages for several months now. Where have I been?  An unforeseen event, the shocking US Soccer Men’s National Team elimination from the World Cup at the final qualifying hurdle thus leading to an open Presidential Election for US Soccer President (eight candidates with […]

GOP reliance on white supremacist voters far greater than just Trump especially here in Florida

Large portions of the news media and liberal activists have made the Charlottesville aftermath all about President Trump. In today’s personality-driven political climate, we should not expect any different.  But Donald Trump didn’t invent this problem in the political arena, and it will be around far after he’s gone. What Trump has done is spoken […]

Trump crony Doug Manchester role in voter suppression by San Diego Democrats is an embarrassment to the #restorethevote campaign

The idea of Democrats siding with developers over the voters is nothing new in Florida or California. But in this era of Trump, it’s still surprising to see some Democrats play ball with his close associates. Doug Manchester needs no introduction to most people – he has a stranglehold over much of San Diego from […]

Identity politics, radical secularism, economic messaging and its impact on key congressional districts (Part I)

The Democrats are hoping to win back  both houses of Congress in 2018 – this cannot be done without holding certain key seats in the industrial Midwest, the heartland and here in the southeast. Jon Ossoff’s loss in GA-6 on Tuesday despite exorbitant spending by the Democratic Party and allied groups as well as the […]

The Phlip Side: Lessons from 2016

Election night 2016 was incredibly painful for everyone who fought tooth and nail to defeat Donald Trump.  The only thing saving me from still sucking my thumb from the fetal position is the fact that Florida’s 29 electoral votes weren’t decisive.  We are reminded of the pain from last November every time an outrageous statement […]

What we are reading: How Florida lobbyist Brian Ballard is turning close ties to Trump into big business

Excellent piece from The Tampa Bay Times Washington-based Bureau Chief, Alex Leary. Ballard Partners has grown into arguably the leading Florida-based firm on state issues thanks to closeness to a lot of Democrats and Republicans in the state but now is taking on the national scene. Notable additions to the firm beyond Congressman Robert Wexler […]

The Phlip Side: Analysis of the Sally Boynton Brown Controversy Part 2

Part 1 of this column Miami New Times Article quoted The Miami New Times article about new Florida Democratic Party (FDP) President Sally Boynton Brown, written by Jerry Iannelli (A link to the article is above, as is a link to Part 1 of this article), was an unfair piece that was full of both […]