Category Archives: Politics

Grass Roots or Participatory Democracy?

It is a commonplace that effective organizations, especially political ones, should be “grass roots” driven. It is so commonplace the words are virtually meaningless. Let’s think about this. What drove the election of the current president was a strong movement … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Hidden History Of The War On Voting

The Hidden History of the War on Voting: Who Stole Your Vote — and How to Get it Back by Thom Hartmann is a quick but important read for people who want or need to review the history and origins … Continue reading

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Freezing Rain

It’s been tense the first days of 2020 as Iowa voters prepare for the upcoming election cycle. I’m temporary chair of our precinct caucus and there is a lot to pull together before Feb. 3, including finding a new location … Continue reading

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It’s Not Really Winter

On Wednesday morning the ambient temperature is in the teens. By tomorrow at this time it will be in the mid-forties. I’m looking forward to a week of freezing temperatures so I can get tree pruning done. Not yet. What … Continue reading

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Pre-Caucus Politics

Yesterday a political canvasser rang our doorbell and was halfway down the street before I made it to the door. I can hardly hear the doorbell from my writing table. She came back to talk. “I noticed your Elizabeth Warren … Continue reading

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Slaying a Foreign Government Official

The politics of Iran has been on my radar since the Iranian Revolution when Mohammad Reza Pahlavi was overthrown in 1979 and an Islamic republic replaced the monarchy. I lived in Mainz, Germany that year. I was a mechanized infantry … Continue reading

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Questions About Our New War With Iran

At 3:15 a.m. CST my phone rang. It was an international call from Jordan. I don’t know anyone in Jordan and the caller did not leave a message. I know a few people who travel in the Middle East from … Continue reading

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