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The Red Electric

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From 1915 to 1928, the interurban Red Electric train passed through Hillsdale, now part of Portland. The trip offered a chance for passengers to share their views. My Red Electric blog is a vehicle for web travelers to do the same.

In the introduction to Neil Postman’s classic “Amusing Ourselves to Death,” the author draws several distinctions between the dystopia of George Orwell in “1984” and that of Aldous Huxley in “Brave New World.”As Postman described it, Orwell’s vision was of an oppressive dictatorial mind con

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Given the close results of the 2016 presidential election, in which the president-elect won the electoral college but lost the popular vote, We the People desperately need an “Administration of National Unity.”President-elect Trump should appoint an administration that reflects a range of views and is

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On the eve of this frightening election, words spoken more than 350 years ago have helped me.They come from George Fox, who founded the Quakers.England was in the throes of a tumultuous, bloody civil war at the time. Fox was a young, uneducated, deeply troubled man. He was literally adrift in t

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This just in!My previous post was about how my sister, a North Carolina resident and avid Bernie Sander’s backer, was strongly considering writing in Bernie’s name on her North Carolina ballot.I offered a swap. The deal was that she’d vote in the Tar Heel State, a crucial “swing state,

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Want to defeat Trump but not vote for Clinton?Consider the deal I struck up with my sister Kate.I’m a resident of Oregon; she lives and votes in North Carolina.We were both avid Bernie Sander’s supporters during the primaries, but after Hillary Clinton won the Democratic nominat

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Last Sunday in silent Quaker worship, I was obsessed by a “monkey mind” dominated by this absurdist presidential campaign. Finally, I concluded, I simply had to let go. But how?Then I realized the chaos was in my mind.What if I moved all of that “stuff” to my heart?

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A red swath of Trumpism still winds a lazy “S” curve from Idaho and Montana down across the nation’s “Heartland” to the Deep South to Georgia and South Carolina. Add in the “islands” of Alaska, Indiana and West Virginia.How could this be in light of revelations in the past few days (and, real

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Note to the Commission on Presidential Debates:When candidates talk over and interrupt each other, the whole purpose of the debate — to communicate and inform — is utterly lost.What the audience hears is verbal static. What it witnesses is rude behavior. Interrupti

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During the Vietnam War, New Yorker television critic Michael Arlen coined the phrase “Living Room War” to help readers understand television’s role in shaping the public’s “experience” and perception of the disastrous conflict.Hillary Clinton and her advisors seem unaware of Arlen’s perceptiv

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It’s pretty clear that the fate of the Republic, and perhaps the world, rests in the hands of one group of people who have yet to organize.Their main barrier is that they lack an identity, a name that conveys a conflicted message.The group, mostly Bernie Sanders supporters, is hyper-conflicte

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I have just received the following self-leaked mental health assessment for one Donald John Trump, candidate for the presidency of the United States of America.Mental Health Assessment:Patient/Client: Donald John TrumpGeneral description: Cauc

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The question facing Republicans is no longer whether or not to support Donald Trump's candidacy.Today in North Carolina, the ante was raised. Trump obliquely suggested that "Second Amendment people" might take matters into their own hands to end Hillary Clinton's presidency

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For many the most searing line in the speeches given at either political convention was delivered by First Lady Michelle Obama when she said, “I wake up every morning in a house that was built by slaves.”In another way, she and all of us are enslaved in this “White House” called America. We are, in

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I do not consider myself the sort of person I once imagined would be drawn to Bible Study.I am about as far away from being a “fundamentalist” and a “Bible thumper” as one can be. For starters, I’m a non-theist…but that’s another story. So I often surprise myself (and others) by m

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In the hours after Britain’s vote to leave the European Union, I received e-mails from English friends who said they were in shock. My requests for them to share their feelings were rejected.Their feelings were too raw to write about, they wrote. In essence I was being insensitive to their pain

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Recently I was reading to Clara, my three-and-a-half-year-old granddaughter. The book was a colorful little title from our Quaker meetinghouse’s nursery room. Clara was sitting on my lap engrossed.I was unfamiliar with book about a mean and greedy king, and the more I got into its stor

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As a Quaker, I am helped in turbulent times by considering the five Quaker “testimonies.”The testimonies are: Simplicity, Peace, Integrity, Community and Equality. (You can remember them with the mnemonic “SPICE”)Recently I’ve weighed the three major presidential candidates against th

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This frightening political season has been rife with demagoguery and indecency.The prime demagogue has been Donald Trump but there have been examples of other much more subtle demagoguery. Much of it has been in a biased establishment press that reports a favored half of the story — the half that pleases

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Today's polls on Real Clear Politics show what I believe will be the beginning of a growing trend. If Donald Trump can beat Hillary Clinton in places like Ohio, and Bernie Sanders can prevail over Trump there, the Democratic Party's superdelegates gathering

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Bernie Sanders should stay in the Democratic Presidential race. He may win it yet.The media is once again creating its own myth when it predicts Clinton being nominated. The outcome of this primary season is far from set in stone as the media would have us believe.Today

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The media’s coverage of the 2016  presidential nominating campaigns is wedded to the “pathway” metaphor. Like all metaphors, this one locks us into unchallenged and misleading assumptions.Pathways are “narrow,” “wide,” “closed” or “clear of obstacles.” They promise inevitability.

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One of the most important questions a voter should ask is whether a candidate can be trusted. But as this frightening presidential primary season unfolds, in the Fall we likely will not have the opportunity to ask the question.Instead, with Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton on the ballot, the qu

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And now, in the middle of this wild political season, we are waiting for the other shoe to drop.I speak of the “Panama Papers” revelations. We are told there are more to come.And could the “more” shake up the already shaky presidential primary races?Could Donald Trump, who h

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If Donald Trump were just a fraction as smart as he claims to be, he would endorse the nomination of Judge Merrick Garland to be on the US Supreme Court.Say what?Trump needs to prove there is indeed “another” Trump, as ex-candidate Ben Carson claimed in endorsing Trump. If there is a “Goo

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Those who have studied media literacy know the concept of “the suspension of disbelief.”Here’s how it works. When we read fiction, watch films and most TV drama, we shut down our disbelief and critical abilities. We permit ourselves to accept fiction as being true. How can we enjoy fiction if we are

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We are beginning to see a plausible Republican “firewall” against Donald Trump. You’d expect to read about it in the New York Times, but the paper is too busy helping the Clinton campaign (Bernie can’t win, Bernie faces cool reception from Blacks, etc) to strike out editorially against a clear and present dang

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For the past 30 years, political pundits have wondered why working-class Republicans vote against their own interests. For their GOP backing they get “trickle-down” economics that never trickles down, cuts in social services, lay-offs as jobs go overseas, a rigged tax system benefiting the wealthy, and war, endless war,

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Anyone who has ever majored in college psychology knows that the big pay-off in the field is in advertising. The 2016 presidential campaign is about to unleash the full force of psychological manipulation on the vulnerable voters in Iowa and New Hampshire…and South Carolina etc.Opponents will be portrayed in g

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If you search “Trump” and “narcissist” on the web you get dozens of hits linking the two words. Many posts are from therapists.(Vanity Fair recently posted an overview story on the subject.)But a therapist

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As noted in the previous post, greedy CEOs place their own financial interests above those of the companies they are responsible for and the needs of their workers.And boards of directors, seemingly accustomed to such executive palm-geasing in their own organizations, look the other way, or cover their behinds b

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