President Trump’s voter fraud

Among true believers on the right, there is no sturdier fiction — no more popular fairy tale — than the one that insists American elections are plagued by voter fraud. “Election integrity” is the hallmark of GOP activists, and stories that purport to show voter fraud are a staple in the rightwing media-sphere. Every now […]

Keep the DREAMERS here

If you listen closely to the most logical arguments presented by immigration skeptics, you’ll hear a recitation of the ways in which undocumented border-crossers drain public resources and strain the social fabric. You’ll hear about people sneaking over the border to take low-wage jobs from American laborers. You’ll hear tales of neighborhood schools overwhelmed by […]

Human activity = worse storms

Even President Donald J. Trump, a man who trafficks in hyperbole, has run out of ways to describe the calamity that has unfolded in southeast Texas. He and others have bandied about words such as “epic,” “historic” and “record-breaking,” though mere rhetoric fails to capture the magnitude of the disaster. Authorities are not yet sure […]

Too many walls already

During a rage-fueled rant in Phoenix a few days ago, President Donald Trump threatened a government shutdown if Congress doesn’t appropriate the billions he needs to construct a wall along the Southern border. Though he now ignores his once-upon-a-time pledge that Mexico would pay for the wall, it’s no surprise that the president pulled out […]

Confederate memorials honor slavery

Our new government is founded upon . . the great truth that the negro is not equal to the white man; that slavery, subordination to the superior race, is his natural and normal condition. — Alexander Stephens, vice-president of the Confederacy, 1861 As if he had not already dumped enough fuel on a raging inferno, […]