A Trump supporter finds the humility to admit he is powerless over tyrannical demagogues and adapts a 12 step program to assist himself and others with the healing process

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Warning: The reader may be deeply saddened by the following, as the genuine regret that the Trump supporter shares in this article, stemming as it does from heartfelt grieving and soul searching over the harms of the past four years, is therefore fictional. Any resemblance to real persons is likely a symptom of our wishful thinking.

Dear America, I hope you can forgive me for the harm I caused you. I voted to elect Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States. I am hereby acknowledging that I am powerless over tyrannical demagogues. I am currently following a 12 step program that I adapted to overcome this disease. What follows is the required moral inventory of my harms and my attempt to make amends. I understand what is involved in a genuine apology, and I am prepared to acknowledge all of the harms that my negligent actions caused. I will also attempt to make America whole through proper atonement. …


Trump’s homicidal deceit regarding coronavirus pales next to the Republican Party’s refusal to act to curtail global warming.

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Bob Woodward’s new tell-all book, Rage, revealed specific evidence that Trump knew about the severity of Covid-19 (C-19) before it ravaged our nation, so far killing over 250,000 and sinking our economy. Not only did Trump willfully withhold information that he knew would save lives, but he also actively lied about the virus, and even invited supporters to mass gatherings against all medical advice. By definition then, Trump could be guilty of mass homicide. The same is true of Trump and all Republican political leaders who are knowingly deceiving the public about global warming.

The tragic effects of global warming which climate scientists have been warning us about for over fifty years are here, and they are and will be more deadly than C-19. Unlike the virus, scientists will not be creating a vaccine to end global warming, so it will continue to get more deadly and more costly. The only way to mitigate the death and destruction is to dramatically cut greenhouse gas emissions. …


The leaders of Right Wing Militia groups pretend to be defending our Constitution against tyranny. Some even carry copies to their gun toting protests. It would serve them and the rest of us well if they would take the time to read the first paragraph of the document.

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Earlier this year, thirteen members of right-wing militia groups were arrested by FBI agents for attempting to kidnap Michigan’s Governor Gretchen Whitmer. They appear to have attempted an armed coup against a democratically elected government, and possibly to assassinate Whitmer. During the first presidential debate, Trump stumbled over a simple request to denounce another right wing militia group called “Proud Boys.” Recently, the House of Representatives was compelled to officially condemn right wing groups that rally around the QAnon conspiracy theory. …


With the 2020 Election behind us, but for the Georgia Senate run-off elections, it is a good time to argue over more enlightening things than our degraded political discourse, so let’s discuss music.

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The 2020 Election is over but for the run-off for the two Senate races in Georgia, and I’ve already sent in my donations to assist the Democrats, Ossoff and Warnock. Best get yours in soon, yes?

That said, even if Democrats don’t take the Senate this year, all is not lost as they are likely to in the 2022 mid-term election as Republicans have nearly twice the number of seats coming up for that election as Democrats. …


Ethical arguments regarding driverless cars requires us to confront the question over whether the computational theory of mind has any merit.

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As aspiring manufacturers work out the technical problems with driverless cars, many of us are questioning the ethical and legal problems. Many supporters of driverless cars falsely believe that the ethical and technical problems are one and the same, so that reducing glitches that would likely cause accidents is the only concern. They don’t consider an equally fundamental problem that confronts us when in the drivers’ seats of our cars we replace humans with computer technologies.

It should be pointed out in advance that the claim that driverless cars will one day reduce accidents overall by reducing human error is clearly hasty. This is because an equal or greater number of accidents could take place due to technological errors such as those already occurring; or worse, by purposeful hacking of computer systems. Further, not only is it near impossible to calculate the number of current accidents that are due to human error, it is absolutely impossible to calculate the number of accidents that have been averted due to human acuity. Yet, who among us hasn’t witnessed a potential accident that was avoided by a conscientious driver? It is likely that an alert person can recognize and account for other human drivers in ways that computer programs never will. …


The leaders of Right Wing Militia groups pretend to be defending our Constitution against tyranny. Some even carry copies to their gun toting protests. It would serve them and the rest of us well if they would take the time to read the first paragraph of the document.

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Source: State Symbols USA. “The U.S. Constitution.” https://statesymbolsusa.org/symbol-official-item/national-us/state-cultural-heritage/united-states-constitution

Last week, thirteen members of right-wing militia groups were arrested by FBI agents for attempting to kidnap Michigan’s Governor Gretchen Whitmer. They appear to have attempted an armed coup against a democratically elected government. The previous week at the Presidential debate, Trump stumbled over a simple request to denounce another right wing militia group called “Proud Boys.” …


Statehood for Puerto Rico and Washington DC will not be enough; we need to move to Wyoming.

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One of the more profound civics lessons we all should have learned during Trump’s presidency is the importance of the US Senate. If Democrats had control of the Senate today, we would be able to fully appreciate RBG’s life and legacy rather than anxiously plotting strategies to block the GOP’s next power grab. Hell, if Democrats had control of the Senate, Trump would no longer be the president. They may even have had the time to investigate and impeach Pence. …


A brief primer to what Marxist theory is and is not: Part 1, what Marxist theory is not, or how Trump and his far-right instigators get it very wrong.

In the Octagon: Bannon vs. Marx, original work by Mark Glaeser
In the Octagon: Bannon vs. Marx, original work by Mark Glaeser
In the Octagon: Marx vs. Bannon/Original work by Mark Glaeser

As he stumped for re-election on September 17, 2020 at the National Archives Museum, President Trump gave a speech for The White House Conference on American History. If you go online to find what else might have occurred at the conference, you won’t find anything because it isn’t a conference but a platform for presidential speeches. Trump’s topic regarded the lack of a properly patriotic American history education. There are many critics of the speech, as there should be, but I haven’t heard anyone mention the fact that Trump was successfully sued for operating a fraudulent for-profit university, which should disqualify him from ever giving advice about education. …


Trump’s homicidal deceit regarding coronavirus pales next to the Republican Party’s refusal to act to curtail global warming.

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Creator: Josh Edelson, Credit. AFP/Getty images

Bob Woodward’s new tell-all book, Rage, reveals specific evidence that Trump knew about the severity of Covid-19 (C-19) before it ravaged our nation, so far killing nearly 200,000 and sinking our economy. Not only did Trump willfully withhold information that he knew would save lives, but he also actively lied about the virus, and even invited supporters to mass gatherings against all medical advice. By definition then, Trump is guilty of mass homicide. The same is true of Trump and all Republican political leaders who are knowingly deceiving the public about global warming.

The tragic effects of global warming which climate scientists have been warning us about for over fifty years are here, and they are more deadly than C-19. Unlike the virus, scientists will not soon be creating a vaccine to end global warming, so it will continue to get more deadly and more costly. The only way to mitigate the death and destruction is to dramatically cut green house gas emissions. …


A brief analysis of why young men are seduced into violent tribes that terrorize the rest of us.

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There is rising fear of domestic terrorism in America. This fear is heightened by the upcoming election and Trump’s unprecedented refusal to disavow right-wing militia networks like QAnon that support him. These right-wing militia groups have more in common with street gangs and other terrorist groups like ISIS than they do with Americans who support and defend our Constitution.

According to a report by the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), “right-wing extremists pose the most significant terrorism threat to the United States.” While conservative media outlets like FOX focus their viewers’ attention on Islamic extremism, according to CSIS right-wing terrorism has accounted for the vast majority of incidents since 1994, including two thirds of the attacks in 2019, and over 90 percent so far in 2020. CSIS continues, “Over the next year, the threat of terrorism in the United States will likely increase based on several factors, such as the November 2020 presidential election and the response to the Covid-19 crisis.” …

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Retired college lecturer of philosophy and humanities. Specializing in environmental ethics. CEO of KLAW Enterprises™, “We salvage failing art projects.”

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