The Different Drummer

By Carl J. Petersen

Politics, Family, Music and other Musings.

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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It is Time to Stop Talking About Impeachment

According to the GOP, lying about oral sex met the definition of High Crimes & Misdemeanors. Isn’t telling subordinates to ignore the law worse?

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Employer-Based Health Insurance Works - Until It Doesn't

Any health care system that relies on private business to provide access to health insurance leaves employees open to gaps in coverage.

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One (White, Property-Owning, Gender Specific) Man, One Vote

Elizabeth Warren gets it half right when she calls for the elimination of the Electoral College. The much bigger problem is unequal representation in the federal government.

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The Trump Years: Politically Driven Willful Ignorance

The Internet was supposed to equalize the spread of information. Instead, it ushered in the Disinformation Age.

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Sometimes It Is All About the Benjamins

While the establishment tries to distract with false charges of anti-Semitism, Ilhan Omar’s attack was actually against money in politics.

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Trump's Wall Hits the Popular Vote

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George H.W. Bush Led a Different America

You will be our President when you read this note. I wish you well. I wish your family well.

- George Bush to Bill Clinton

January 20, 1993

My birth as an activist occurred during the presidency of George H.W. Bush. As the GOP gained traction in their attempts to overturn Roe vs. Wade, I spent many Saturday mornings protecting access to women’s health care clinics as mobs of anti-abortion protesters tried to shut them down using physical force. Often standing by my side were members of the activist LGBTQ+ community who exposed me to the personal side of their fight, which at that time included an AIDs epidemic that was unchecked.

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