Category Archives: United States

The election will not solve America’s civic disengagement

Photo: Anthony Moretti 18July2016

Americans can’t be blamed for being excited for next Tuesday. While we might not know who won the presidential election when we go to bed that night, far too many of us are eager to see this election season end.

But the partisan divide will continue.

One candidate can’t fix it, and the other candidate has no interest in fixing it.

The irony is the left and the right are talking about the same issues, but they remain steadfast they’re correct in the positions they hold. Worse, they remain interested more in mocking the people who dare to disagree with them.

Pick your topic: Immigration? Guns? Abortion? Gay rights? Social justice? Police reform?

There’s no need to rehash the now familiar arguments emanating from the left and the right on these issues.

If you think a “Blue Wave” — and one is possible next week — will force the right into some kind of an act of contrition, you’re kidding yourself. Likewise, if you think another Republican surprise will compel the left to tone down their rhetorical blasts, you, again, are in denial.

My mother often reminded me “don’t air your dirty laundry for all to see.” Americans of all sorts of political stripes are doing just the opposite: They’re engaging in full throated vulgarity, boasting as they go.

We can hope, however fruitless such thoughts might be, that Americans see the need to be mature after November 3rd.

Yes, I know, good luck with that.

What the what? FBI arrests five people for trying to force Chinese citizens to go home

Public Domain image

NBC News has the details.

Federal prosecutors said the five, plus three others in China, were part of an international operation called “Fox Hunt,” described by the Chinese as an anti-corruption campaign that seeks to locate fugitives.

But John Demers, assistant attorney general in charge of the Justice Department’s National Security Division, said, “In many instances, the hunted are opponents of Chinese Communist Party Chairman Xi — political rivals, dissidents, and critics.”

Forget about mom this Thanksgiving?

Traveling in about a month for Thanksgiving?

Better rethink that plan.

The Boston Globe has the details.

“The advice I’ve given my patients is that this is the year to be thinking hard about visiting your family,” said Julita Mir, an internist and infectious disease specialist at the nonprofit Community Care Cooperative. “Put it into perspective. Weigh the value against the potential consequences. Even with the best of intentions, traveling to see mom or grandma could be the worst thing you could do. Maybe the best thing you could do is to come up with an alternative celebration.”