The Different Drummer

By Carl J. Petersen

Politics, Family, Music and other Musings.

George H.W. Bush Led a Different America

We have not always been separated into Red and Blue America and there used to be a time when presidents represented all Americans.

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Universal Acceptance

Theme parks like Universal Studios Hollywood are improving the experience of families who have children on the autism spectrum.

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The Real War on Christmas

Trump has declared victory on an imaginary fight while the actual battle against the values of the holiday continues.

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A City Councilman's Parting Gift

It has been over a month since Mitch Englander announced that he was leaving office and a special election has still not been called.

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A House Strategy for Retaking the White House

The Blue Wave has crested and left Democrats with control of the House. Can they use this win to dislodge Trump from the White House in 2020?

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Are These California Values?

Meme distributed by David BraytonDavid Brayton promoted violence and hatred against a former president, Muslims, Jews, and the press. Congressman Steve Knight put him in an ad.

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Domestic Terror and Trump's Failure of Leadership

The threat from right-wing extremists like the MAGA Bomber grows while our President looks the other way.

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California Senate Race Exposes Rifts in Democratic Party

I am proud to be a Democrat and I wish Bernie were, too.

- Hillary Clinton

Coming out of the 2016 presidential elections it looked like the Republican party was hopelessly fractured. Trump had steamrolled past primary opponents favored by the establishment turning party orthodoxy on its head. After a failed last-minute attempt to block his ascension at the convention, the party faithful fell into line and prepared themselves for a certain loss; they would regroup in 2020 and take on Clinton for her reelection.

But then Trump beat the odds and won. The Never Trumpers fell away along with long-standing planks in the Republican platform. The party that used to believe in free trade sat by while Trump instituted ill-conceived tariffs and started trade wars. While they once responded to complaints of abuse by police officers with the retort of “blue-lives matter”, no defense was forthcoming for career FBI agents subjected to Trump’s unsubstantiated charges against them. Former deficit hawks who used to insist on “pay for” for any social program gladly voted for a tax bill that primarily benefited corporations and the 1% while ballooning the deficit and increasing income inequality.

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Blatant Lies and the People Who Believe Them

Renate Alumnius

- Brett Kavanaugh

Like a child who had gotten caught with his hands in the cookie jar, SCOTUS nominee Brett Kavanaugh looked into the eyes of United States Senators and the American people and said he did not do it. However, no amount of tears or righteous indignation will change the fact that placing “Renate Alumnius” on his yearbook page was not an act of “affection”, he was not old enough to legally drink at the time he allegedly tried to rape Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, or that he regularly attended parties like the one described by Ford.

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Sex, Lies, and Hypocrisy: Kavanaugh's Glass House

It is our job to make his pattern of revolting behavior clear -- piece by painful piece

- Brett Kavanaugh

Much like Dr. Christine Ford, Monica Lewinsky’s life was turned upside down by the glare of someone else's spotlight. While Brett Kavanaugh asserted that engaging in sexual relations with Bill Clinton turned “her life into a shambles”, from Lewinsky's point of view it was his boss, Kenneth Starr, “who turned [her] 24-year-old life into a living hell”. As tribal politics raged, it was not the sex acts, but Clinton’s use of her as “a scapegoat in order to protect his powerful position” that provided his contribution to her enduring victimization.

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