Lesson of Trump’s retreat on immigrant family separation

One of my students happily reported that citizen voices have succeeded in convincing President Trump to stop, via executive order, the "zero-tolerance" practice of separating illegal immigrant children and parents.  Hurrah!   Democracy is still alive, even in Trump's America! Well, sort of.  The family separation policy had called down an avalanche of criticism from virtually … Continue reading Lesson of Trump’s retreat on immigrant family separation

Breaking up families is bad, but it’s even worse than you think

By now, at least half the country is outraged over the Trump administration's zero-tolerance immigration policy of "baby snatching" and "state-sponsored child abuse."  As well it should be.  The president's efforts to blame Democrats for the public relations imbroglio is ludicrous, as is first lady Melania's lame exhortation for "both sides" to join in resolving … Continue reading Breaking up families is bad, but it’s even worse than you think

Does “pro-life” militancy extend to war, gun control, police shootings, and degradation of the ecosystem?

I think Iowa's governor, Kim Reynolds, spoke for most of the militant movement to restrict women's reproductive rights when she rhapsodized over her state's new  abortion ban.  The so-called "heartbeat" legislation, signed into law just days ago, prohibits abortion from the moment a fetal heartbeat has been detected, usually around six weeks of pregnancy.  Said Gov. … Continue reading Does “pro-life” militancy extend to war, gun control, police shootings, and degradation of the ecosystem?