Lance Simmens: We have become a nation of cynics and an intellectually lazy society far too willing to accept inane and simplistic arguments about dangerously complex issues.
Lance Simmens: What is called for, in my humble estimation, is a more dispassionate expression of differences that aims towards acknowledging different approaches to agreed upon goals.
Lance Simmens: In darkness I fell asleep early and now am wide awake wondering what lies in the darkness and whether or not I will be forced to use my one and only escape plan, a kayak and the ocean.
Lance Simmens: Trump either is incapable of discerning fact from fiction, or truth from lies, and wanders wildly from positions that contradict any notion of visionary thinking.
Lance Simmens: Our bedrock institutions are under direct assault from the White House and its accomplices on Capitol Hill. Congress can change, the Executive branch can change, but the Supreme Court still maintains as a bastion of longevity.
Lance Simmens: His positions notwithstanding, one could not help but notice the true character of the man who described himself as a maverick.
Lance Simmens: Donald Trump acts as though he has much to hide, like a dog who has despoiled the carpet and betrays any innocence by tucking his tail between his legs, pinning his ears back, and skulking around with his head down.
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: 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
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.