Lance Simmens: Democratic approaches to rectifying inequality in the human condition are empathetic, compassionate, and rest on the belief that yes it really does “take a village.” Republican approaches are premised on the belief that everybody is responsible for their own “success.”
Lance Simmens: While it is easy to characterize each succeeding week of this disaster that is the Trump Era as cataclysmic it is still too early to proclaim his imminent demise.
Lance Simmens: Trump, in repeated winks and nods on issues of race and violence, might just as well have loaded the ammunition clips into the weapons used in what are acts of domestic terrorism.
Lance Simmens: Donald Trump is not nearly as devious as he is cruel. He cares little for anyone beyond himself or anything beyond money. We are certainly better than this!
Lance Simmens: Mueller’s testimony does not close the chapter on investigation, only on his involvement in it. We owe it to ourselves to continue to plumb the depths of this sorry chapter in our history and follow it to wherever it leads.
Lance Simmens: Trump’s ill-tempered bluster and saber-rattling bravado, ironically built around narcissism and cowardice is full evidence of a temperamental and intellectual immaturity befitting a very young and very, very spoiled child.
Lance Simmens: Given the success of his Svengali-like obsession and success with cultivating massive, gut-wrenching cult-like obedience and razor sharp divisions within the American society there is no guarantee that the time frame might not be longer
Lance Simmens: Over the past 40 years, however, partisan rancor has risen to such a level as to make our system of governance and policy-making largely dysfunctional. I attribute this to the lost art of compromise.
Lance Simmens: All the potentially adverse political calculations of moving forward only serve to highlight the Party’s impotence. Unless we stand for something the public will only conclude that we are weak and stand for nothing.
Lance Simmens: Under the current leadership we as a nation have lost our ability to lead, our moral compass is damaged or maybe just simply missing, and our destructive capacity is unquestioned while our proclivity under this administration to use it should scare the hell out of any rational human being.
Lance Simmens: If we do not address the current unbalance we run the risk of creating a modified form of government that is the result not of thoughtful consideration but childish recrimination.
Lance Simmens: The attendant damage of allowing the Trump administration to essentially dictate the public narrative for a solid month before stepping up to the plate is both unforgivable and may prove fatal.
Lance Simmens: Mr. Mueller, whether or not this was your intent, your devotion to institutionalist restraint has sufficiently clouded the issue of whether the President can be held accountable for criminal actions