The Different Drummer

By Carl J. Petersen

Politics, Family, Music and other Musings.

A City Council Candidate Peddles Fear

John Lee hands out the pitchforks in an attempt to turn the tide against the opponent who beat him in the primary. Will common sense prevail?

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Has Biden Thrown His Candidacy Under the Bus?

Obama’s VP can’t get out from under a 40-year-old issue without current relevance. Trump still manages to prove he is even more incompetent.

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Bernie Sanders Takes a Sledgehammer to Student Debt

While Bernie Sanders' plan would eliminate all student debt, is this really the fairest way to address a $1.6 trillion problem?

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The Death of Community?

Is there any hope for the future of the country when we have lost the ability to empathize with our neighbors?

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The High Cost of the Trump Presidency

America was already bitterly divided when Trump became the 45th occupant of the Oval Office. Then he threw kerosene on the fire.

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A Father, a Son, and the Next Generation

For 19 years I was lucky enough to celebrate Father’s Day from both sides of the holiday. Like a lot of things in life, I do not think that I appreciated how special that was until it was gone. I was a bridge between two generations, both shaping the man that I am today. Through that bridge flowed the lessons of the past and the promise of tomorrow.

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An Ordinary Mom (With a Degree in Astrophysics) Takes On the Status-Quo

Loraine Lundquist’s first-place showing in an LA City Council race was a bright spot in a week that highlighted the new normal that we live in.

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Trump-Style Politics Infects a Local Race

An LA City Council race shows how the president’s themes of anti-intellectualism, immigrant bashing and a lack of empathy have taken root locally.

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A Sarcastic Look At Political Correctness Under Trump

Should Obama have warned the Right that he was about to commit a microaggression before Tweeting his condolences to the people of Sri Lanka?

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Can Pete Buttigieg Reclaim Religion from the Right?

The presidential candidate and his husband put a liberal spin on traditional marriage showing how progressivism encompasses family values.

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