The Different Drummer

By Carl J. Petersen

Politics, Family, Music and other Musings.

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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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

What [Ilhan Omar] said is so deep-seated in her heart that her lame apology..was just not appropriate.

- Donald Trump

On August 11, 2017, white-supremacists marched through the streets of Charlottesville, Virginia chanting “Sieg heil” and “Jews will not replace us.” The next day James Alex Fields Jr., “who a former teacher said was fascinated by Nazism and Hitler”, purposefully drove his car into a crowd of counter-protesters to the “Unite the Right” rally, killing Heather Heyer in cold blood. Donald Trump responded by saying that there were “fine” people on both sides. There are no “fine” people in a crowd of people chanting Nazi slogans.

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