You know that once the voting is over, Trump will be looking for vengeance against those he perceives as having wronged him or failed him.
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I'm a Lutheran pastor with a bachelors degree in math and economics to go with a masters and Ph.D. in religion. Like Marcy and others here at Emptywheel, I've got a lot of experience in the close reading of various texts, whether religious texts, legal opinions, political speeches, or governmental regulations. Years ago, before it was a dirty word, I was an intern at the State Department. While my career path took me into the ministry rather than the Foreign Service, I continue to follow the ins and outs of international affairs. For several years, I also regularly blogged at Firedoglake on religion and politics, foreign affairs, and just about anything else that caught my attention, and am delighted to return to blogging here at Emptywheel.
Since high school, I worked on a number of campaigns, from local school board stuff to Paul Simon’s presidential campaign and a bunch at every level in between. One thing I’ve never forgotten is simple: read the election law. With all the “will we have a winner on Election Night?” blather, it seems few in the media have bothered to do that one very simple thing.
I went to bed in tears last night.
They weren’t tears of pain or shock or outrage. They were the tears you cry when the last of your grandparents “goes home.” They’re the tears of grief at the loss you’ve suffered, and the tears that say “It’s your turn now.” You have to tell the stories you learned at their knees, as you go on to make a difference in the lives of others as they made a difference in your life.
I’m still in tears this morning, because I’ve got lots of stories to tell.
Martin Luther King’s “Letter from a Birmingham Jail” is more than 50 years old, yet it reads like it was written yesterday. In that letter, King identified “the great stumbling block in the stride toward freedom” not as the hoodwearing Klanners or the poltically powerful White Citizens Council folks, but the Moderate. Fortunately, King also identfied the cure to that block, if only we’d embrace it.
BBQ: In KC, it’s how we recognize the Apocalypse, and it’s also a beacon of hope.
The language of mountains is all over the COVID-19 coverage, from the talk of “reaching the peak” of infections to the euphoria of “hitting the plateau.” But here’s the thing: we’re still on the mountain, and the descent is much more dangerous than the climb.
Kansas Gov Laura Kelly (D) issused a statewide “Stay at Home” order yesterday, and beyond the impact on corralling the COVID-19 epidemic, it also is forcing some in the Kansas GOP to straddle a very nasty fence, like US Representative Roger Marshall.
During the 1918 worldwide flu epidemic, some leaders understood the first rule of viruses, and others did not. The rule is simple: a virus does not care.
Here’s the story . . .
It’s rough being a career member of the US State Department workforce in the Donald Trump era. These days, there’s a new rule: don’t do anything to make the guy in the room with no corners look bad. This is becoming increasingly hard for anyone to follow.
John Lewis has been a fighter his whole life long. He is the last living member of the Big Six, the speakers at the 1963 March on Washington for civil rights, and now is a senior member of Congress fighting pancreatic cancer. But it’s important to remember that John Lewis was not always old.