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…They Should Declare the Causes Which Impel Them to the Separation

On this Fourth of July, I know a lot of people who have celebration plans.  I know others who can’t bring themselves to celebrate, in light of certain humanitarian crises created by our own government with no remorse and no intention of mitigating anything any time soon. And I know of some who are all gung ho for a display of military might in Washington, DC because why shouldn’t there be?

 

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Torchlight Media: The Darkness of Trump’s Immigration Policy

When it comes to the immigration practices at the southern border, like many people, I find myself heart-heavy and mind overflowing with too many thoughts, all fighting to come out. In such circumstances, I can’t always find the words.  Yet, I feel compelled to try. Here are the ones I managed. If they move you, if you feel they are useful, or if you feel they are effective in any way, please share and spread the word.

 

Torchlight Article: The Darkness of Trump’s Immigration Policy.

Warning: Linked article contains graphic images.

Torchlight Media: Policies, Not Political Pablum

As the 2020 presidential debate season kicks into gear, we need to demand more of the candidates.

 

Torchlight Media Article: “Policies, Not Political Pablum.”

 

The article touches on something I strongly urge we do more often. As I described in an earlier blog, we should ask “how.”

Torchlight Media: 10 Questions Congress Should Ask Robert Mueller

In Robert Mueller’s recent public statement on his investigation, he tried to make a case for why there was no need for him to testify before Congresss. Despite his protestations, several things remain unanswered. The Torchlight Media editorial staff came up with 10 possible questions for Mueller, and I filled in the background and the explanations for why these questions are important.  Take a look.

 

Torchlight Media Article: “10 Questions Congress Should Ask Robert Mueller”

A Shining Moment When Gothic Meant Light

Ephemeral once,

Shattered walls of rainbow light

Now glow infernal.

 

Recent events in Paris triggered ruminations on how art can transcend its contextual origins to affect us a primal level. Let us take comfort in that art, and remember how, once upon a time, craftsmen played with light to create a glimpse of Heaven down on Earth.

 

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Barr’s Summary of Mueller’s Report and the Lack of Exit Ramps

With the Mueller report completed but remaining unknown to Congress and the nation at large, we sit in a purgatory. Where some Americans sees proof positive of a witch hunt, and other Americans see a cover up of gross criminality, the truth probably lies somewhere in between those two poles. I thought I’d share some of my musings on the limits of what we know and why none of this so far should be surprising.

 

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Torchlight Media: The Schoolyard Bully Pulpit Part 3 – High Societal Stakes

In the final installment of my series for Torchlight Media about Trump as a narcissistic bully, I talk about what such behavior from the top means for our society and ways we can address it.

 

The Schoolyard Bully Pulpit – Part 3: High Societal Stakes

 

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Torchlight Media: Climate of Emergency

“The national edifice is on fire. Every man who can carry a bucket of water, or remove a brick, is wanted.”

-Frederick Douglass, 1861

 

Some thoughts on Trump’s recent declaration of national emergency to build his border wall.

 

Climate of Emergency

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Torchlight Media: The Schoolyard Bully Pulpit Part 2 – The Media Misses the Boat

Calling President Trump a narcissistic bully means little if we don’t understand how to apply the terms to our analysis of Trump’s behavior. The media keeps falling down in this area, although it may in part be because they are also the bully’s victims here.  Hence, part 2 of my series talking about Trump as a narcissistic bully at Torchlight Media:

 

The Schoolyard Bully Pulpit – Part 2: The Media Misses the Boat

 

Please take a look.  In understanding how the media is not properly applying the narcissistic bully analytical model to Trump’s behavior, we better understand the model ourselves.

Torchlight Media: The Schoolyard Bully Pulpit Part 1 – Breaking the Silence

Narcissism and bullying, and stupidity fueled ignorance; that’s was Donald Trump is made of.

 

The Schoolyard Bully Pulpit – Part 1: Breaking the Silence

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