Lance Simmens: Rampant politicization of the three branches of government fueled by a charismatic leader more likely to be compared to Hitler or Mussolini than Lincoln or Roosevelt is threatening to irreparably split the nation in two
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Lance Simmens: One-party government where party power takes precedence and prominence over nation building, both from a societal and a physical infrastructure perspective, has overtaken our collective consciousness.
Lance Simmens: Where is the integrity, the honesty, the intestinal fortitude of individuals to simply refuse to do things they know are wrong? You will not be spared from the ridicule and disdain of your refusal as you face your own children. Shame on you.
Lance Simmens: California’s Senate race may be a bellweather for rejecting the orthodoxy of party leaders and embracing wholesale change in the direction of the Democratic Party.
Lance Simmens: Words can help elevate one into a position of power, but once in such a position it is actions that define whether a society or a world is advanced for the betterment of all.
Lance Simmens: What mesmerized me when I first observed conduct on the Senate floor was the extent to which civility and decorum punctuated even the most heated debate.
Lance Simmens: Trumpery is actually a word and it derives from late Middle English denoting trickery or from Old French tromperie or tromper meaning to deceive, according to the Oxford dictionary.
Lance Simmens: I will never forget the day after the shootings when one of my teachers broke down in tears before our class and begged us to think and think very carefully about what had happened the day before.
Lance Simmens: Trump is known for many things, among them that he is a pathological liar, is relentlessly hyperbolic, projects strength through bluster, and is enamored with litigation. All of these things have the potential to torpedo his presidency, particularly in light of the deliberate efforts of the Special Counsel’s investigation.
Lance Simmens: Even this accomplished policy/political actor has within two weeks of his appointment managed to find himself in the middle of a s@#tstorm that seems to be the trademark of the Trump administration.
Lance Simmens: Trump lives and operates in a zero-sum world. You are either with him or against him. In a world where win-win situations are optimal he views them as weakness.
Lance Simmens: At the 2004 Democratic National Convention in Boston I had the honor of escorting the members of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party on stage forty years after they had been denied to be credentialed delegates at the 1964 Democratic National Convention in Atlantic City.
Lance Simmens: The problem with this President is that he is liable to sneak up behind you when you are not looking and sucker punch you. This is the quintessential trait of a thug, and he exhibits these characteristics daily.