First of all, I want to distinguish the difference between a tidal wave and a tsunami. A mighty wave suddenly crashes on the beach; there’s a great deal of destruction on and around the beach; then it pretty much washes back into the sea and disappears. A tsunami, on the other hand, builds slowly out at sea, generating vast energy. Then it washes ashore with almost silent ferocity, taking everything in its path with it. The destruction of a tsunami is more widespread, absorbing everything in its path, and traveling well inland. …


Our still-new president, Joe Biden, ran his campaign throughout 2020 on a message of what I have labeled Relentless Decency. His character projected all the opposite traits of the person he was running against. The American people chose his reassuring empathy over the exasperating divisiveness of his opponent. Despite the events of January 6th, his relentless decency showed up on January 19th when he and the vice president, along with their spouses, held a quiet vigil at a softly-lit reflecting pool on the national mall in Washington, DC. Relentless Decency underlay the entire presidential Inauguration. …


Do it. Do it now. Who cares if DJT supports it. Rid the nation, nay the world, of viral hate. If you watched “60 Minutes” on January 3, you know why.

Now that we have seen one man’s accounts, DJT’s, suspended or deleted by numerous social media platforms, it’s not hard to imagine that certain categories of speech can be curtailed too. I’m thinking of updating section 230 of the landmark 1996 Communications Decency Act. If legal liability for various categories of harmful speech, p’uis applied the same way it is to print publications, Twitter, Facebook, reddit, et. al…


As this and many other articles say about Senator Hawley and other Trump sycophants, they probably do and, if not, should know that they are wrong about objecting to the election of Joe Biden as president. In fact, that may be the most disturbing aspect of this stunt. They do know that they are playing a nihilistic game but don’t care. Or, if they do care, ambition or other goals are more important to them than the ideals of America; the ones they took an oath to uphold.

This and many such articles also say that the destruction of the…


Tom Friedman, in the 12/15/20 New York Times, wrote about how president Biden should give vice president Harris an opportunity to undertake a project to wire up rural america for broadband. This would do more than the obvious and laudable goal of getting broadband into communities where it is sorely needed. It would also put her and the new administration in front of a constituency that has all but left the Democratic Party.

But if she is the presumptive Democratic nominee in 2024, such a project would serve her well.


I was able to watch the simultaneous coverage of the Biden announcement of his Healthcare team and DJT at his so-called Vaccine Summit (where, it should be noted, the two makers of the vaccine did not even show up). The contrast could not have been starker. On one side of the screen was the president-elect who introduced the leaders of his health care team that will oversee the logistical effort of getting as many as 100 million Americans vaccinated against Covid-19. …


The national trauma that was, and continues to be, the Trump Administration calls for a national reconciliation in order to depolarize the country after DJT spent four years exacerbating it. DJT built his re-election campaign on issues that were meant to divide the American people even more than they already were. That effort failed. So as the Biden Administration assumes power, it needs to make part of their Relentless Decency project [my moniker] a national conversation among the disparate political interests that, like the covid-19 virus, infect our country.

President-elect Biden will need to use all of his coalition-building skills…


DJT has never been ideological. He’s always been about himself. That has been true especially in his ongoing battle to overturn the 2020 election that has cost him his job. He’s not trying to save the GOP or the federal courts he’s packed or national infrastructure he’s done nothing about despite his many feints nor is it really about anything else. He’s just trying to save his own job.

Compare this to President-elect Joe Biden’s campaign of Relentless Decency. During his campaign right up until yesterday’s Thanksgiving address, Biden has over and over again called upon the nation to unite…


Pretty soon, the Trump cult will begin to disperse and maybe even vote significantly Democratic in 2022, and more emphatically in 2024; that is, if electoral democracy survives. If these people could be sucked into a cult so easily, then they can be sucked out of it again fairly easily. Color me naive. After all, look what they did to Biden's tag team partner, Obama. But consider…

When Trump called the Michigan GOP legislators to the White House recently, none of them caved to what the president was asking. In fact, they used the opportunity to ask Trump for more…


We know how this ends in the short-term: Joe Biden will be inaugurated as the 46th president on January 20, 2021. It’s only a short matter of time and a few more frivolous lawsuits. What we don’t know is how things will go after that. We won’t know what the road ahead looks like until we’ve already traveled it.

In a way, this is yet another tragic legacy of the Trump administration. Liberal advocacy groups have become more in-your-face, more intense, partly in reaction to the intransigence of the Trump regime, a development that is in turn irrevocably linked to the intensity of the conflicts across the country and within the Democratic Party itself. (Thomas Edsall, 11/18/20, NYT)

Greg Waddell

I worked on Capitol Hill and then lobbied for IBM before they made me an IT geek. Redundant? I’m into politics. Now and then, I’ll throw something else in.

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