A hollow gesture

Dear President Biden, It was so moving to read your proclamation designating October 11, 2021 as Indigenous People’s Day this afternoon – reading it brought tears to my eyes. But now I feel snookered. I thought at first that you were getting rid of Columbus Day and replacing it with Indigenous People’s Day and that’s …

Hard, hard choices

Dear President Biden, This is a hard letter to start. Most of me wants to deflect and focus on something current and removed that deserves hefty measures of righteous anger. Mitch and the GOP mobsters are generating an endless supply of such things so it wouldn’t be hard to pivot to a rant about the …

“DON’T GIVE UP”

Dear President Biden, I didn’t tell you (why, I don’t know), but I took the latter part of this past week off from work and it was lovely. Laura, dog-Buddy, and I went on around-town-excursions every morning for three whole days, two of which were to Discovery Park. I’m pretty sure I’ve told you about …

This shit is real

Dear President Biden, I’m not sure what exactly tipped my brain over into that space where it’s acting like a tongue that can’t leave a rough tooth alone, but just now the phrase “existential dread” landed like a lead balloon and won’t leave me alone. Actually, I doubt it was any one thing having just …

The Dems need to swear off the fantasy of bipartisan tea parties and get real ~ fast

Dear President Biden, A couple of days ago I cut and pasted the following sentence from Perry Bacon Jrs’ WP editorial: “Moving forward, the Democratic Party should commit to actually fighting back aggressively against the Republicans.” This morning’s headline about how the Democratic party, emboldened by Newsom surviving the recall vote, is beginning to adopt …

Conspi-racist candidates and middle names

Dear President Biden, Maybe it was because of the heretofore unusual pairing of “conspiracist” and “candidates” in the WP Editorial Board’s piece “A Weird Story Out of Colorado Shows the Dangers U.S. Democracy Faces”, but when I first read it, I parsed “conspiracist” as “conspi-racist.” Here’s the full sentence: “Across the country, conspiracist candidates are …

Circus-like excrement

Dear President Biden, I’m reading Alyssa Rosenberg’s WP editorial about how many of us are apt to engage in highly problematic hero worship when it comes to elected officials. So far she’s already taken apart the ‘Cuomosexual’ phenomenon, which I’m grateful to say I somehow completely missed, as well as the Ruth Bader Ginsberg ‘Notorious …