Lance Simmens: The politics of fear, anger, frustration, cynicism, and simpleminded denial of complex, long-term thinking have fostered a parasite class of political opportunists who have no more concern for the well-being of either the country or the planet than the proverbial man in the moon.
Lance Simmens: The quintessential dilemma facing Republican strategists at this point is how they will destroy their frontrunner without destroying the party. Further complicating the issue is whether or not a Trump implosion and subsequent retreat will not have the same effect on the health of the party.
Lance Simmens: In the eyes of the lunatic fringe evidently Obama is not only a Muslim, Kenyan, and Socialist but also a Nazi sympathizer.
Lance Simmens: he represents the right wing fringe of a party that is desperately reliant upon a fraying and decaying demographic composition that longs for the good old days when the good old boys (read white men) controlled the levers of power at all levels of government.
Lance Simmens: Tuesday marked a new low in the state of dysfunctional politics spawned by the right-wing Republican take-over that has held our representative democracy hostage.
Lance Simmens: We need a presidential commission on race akin to the Kerner Commission that attempted to dig deeply into the structural and systematic racism that helped prompt urban unrest in the 1960s.
Lance Simmens: The structural racism in American society today preordained that a decision not to indict the officer who killed Michael Brown would inflame the raw passions evident in communities of color.
Lance Simmens: Bill Maher is only half wrong and if he had only kept some consistency in his reasoning and logic there would be no controversy over the extent to which Islam is more or less violent than any other religion.
Lance Simmens: If not so tragic it would actually be amusing that today many are more worried about Sharia law what very well be the Sixth mass extinction.
Lance Simmens: Obama is facing one of the most difficult decisions of his presidency, one that will have profound consequences for not only this nation but for humankind as he sorts through options.
Lance Simmens: Whether it is in the Gaza Strip or at the Texas border, the world is being exposed to a level of child abuse that will have devastating effects upon our future for generations to come.
Lance Simmens: While it accomplishes little to reach back and point blame for the mess that Iraq has become, the overriding lesson that must be learned from this sorry episode in America’s continuing imperialist misadventures is that the consequences of a policy dictated by lies and deceit will follow us through the long-term and most assuredly adversely affect our standing on the world stage.
Lance Simmens: Howard Baker was not averse to partisan politics, it would be naïve to suggest otherwise, but in the formative years that I spent in Washington, DC and the halls of Congress it was accepted that compromise and civility would ultimately triumph and keep the engine of progress moving forward.