By Jill Richardson ( Otherwords.org ) – The recent COP26 climate summit in Glasgow was the 26th attempt to get the nations of the world to fix the climate crisis. During the summit, the Washington Post reported that countries have been under-reporting their emissions, so the negotiations are based on “flawed data.” We’ve known about […]
Feeding the Crocodile: Do Any Republicans Still Support Democracy?
( Otherwords) – Republicans should heed Churchill’s warning about appeasing authoritarians: “Each one hopes that if he feeds the crocodile enough, it will eat him last.” By Jill Richardson | November 3, 2021 Investigative accounts of the Trump administration, like the recent Washington Post feature on the January 6 insurrection, routinely write about three kinds […]
The Republican Big Lie about 2020 is Old News, but the Stakes are Still High
( Otherwords.org ) – Unless we debunk the lies about 2020, the next election may be a lot less fair. By Jill Richardson | August 18, 2021 Right now our nation still has two competing narratives about the 2020 election. One is that Joe Biden legitimately won and that Donald Trump encouraged a false narrative, […]
1/6 Committee: Can a Pinochet-Style Chilean Dictatorship be Forestalled in the United States?
( Otherwords.org) – If you believe violence instead of voting is justified, I implore you to at least consider the alternative viewpoint. By Jill Richardson | July 28, 2021 As the congressional investigation into the January 6 insurrection gets underway, we’re learning disturbing new details about Trump supporters’ violent attempt to overturn the 2020 election. […]
How Florida’s Political “Survey” of Universities threatens Freedom of Speech
( Otherwords.org ) – Florida officials say they want to promote “intellectual freedom” — by using political surveys to target university funding. By Jill Richardson | June 30, 2021 The state of Florida just passed a law that — to put it mildly — grossly violates academic freedom. Under the new bill, recently signed by […]
If You Love Our Country, Don’t Ban Its History
( Otherwords.org) – Across the country, several states have passed or introduced bills that ban teaching “critical race theory.” Oklahoma’s governor just signed one. Arizona’s governor just vetoed one. Texas and North Carolina are moving ahead with similar bills. I’d like to set aside the fact that the people most upset about critical race theory […]
The Scientists made the Vaccines; Now can we Get Americans to Take them?
( Otherwords.org ) – With the new COVID-19 vaccine available, Dr. Anthony Fauci says Americans can begin to achieve herd immunity by next summer. Herd immunity occurs when so many people are immune to the virus that it can’t spread, because an infected person won’t have anyone left to spread it to. Yet as of […]
Time to Value our New Americans: Trump Spent 4 Years Telling Monstrous Lies about Immigrants
( Otherwords.org ) – New data confirms what’s been true all along: Trump built his brand selling fear-mongering lies about immigrants and crime. By Jill Richardson | December 16, 2020 As Donald Trump leaves office, it’s worth remembering how he first launched his campaign: by calling immigrants “murderers” and “rapists.” This was outrageous then. And […]
The Worst Possible Leader in a Pandemic: Trump’s Authoritarianism is all about Him
( Otherwords.org ) – The Trump administration is apparently undertaking its latest effort to make 2020 more of a Kafkaesque nightmare than it already is. Yes, we’ve got murder hornets and a swarm of flying ants that can be seen from space over in Ireland, but maybe the scariest plague of the year is the […]