Walter Brasch: To understand Donald Trump, who may be the greatest political philosopher in recorded history, is as critical to understanding America’s future as it is to understanding the motivations and philosophies of the creature from the black lagoon.
Walter Brasch: Near the end of his first term in Congress, JOe Sestak appeared on “The Colbert Report,” infuriating the party’s leaders who had decreed that no freshmen Democrats in Congress should appear on the late-night satire.
Walter Brasch: Politicians and their political parties say they want all American citizens to register and vote. There are voter registration campaigns at colleges, in bars, at fire halls, and street fairs. But, the politicians really don’t care about your vote. Disenfranchising Voters
Walter Brasch: If the Republicans have a contested convention or if Trump has captured enough delegate votes to be the nominee it could mean a continuing decline of the Republican party. President Donald Trump
Walter Brasch: Although Sanders has pushed Clinton more to the left, she might be able to go into the Democratic convention with a substantial lead and the nomination.
Walter Brasch: Hopefully my flu will end and I’ll be able to find amusement in something other than a flush caused by high volume egotistical hyperbole laced with half-truths and statements, all of which are enough to inflate my blood pressure. Campaign Craziness
Walter Brasch: Give the high school students in marching band a break—they already are physically fit and contributing every bit as much as varsity athletes who get waivers from taking PE.
Walter Brasch: Why Ringling Brothers is removing its elephants from the touring company is because of increasing public pressure and charges of animal cruelty, much of it leveled by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and other animal rights groups.
Walter Brasch: The Tea Party darling may have endorsed Trump not because of any ideological similarities, as both proclaimed, but because she needs media exposure.
Walter Brasch: Journalists are too busy channeling what Donald Trump says to devote much time to domestic issues, especially ones that directly affect Americans.
Walter Brasch: TV news—including parade coverage—has become more of a personality-based medium than a news medium. The Happy News TV anchors chat with each other. A few seconds here. A few seconds there.
Walter Brasch: A few million Americans, led by the jingoistic “take-no-prisoners” right-wing media, defend the holiday by shouting, “Merry Christmas” at everyone from a homeless veteran to strangers at airports to store clerks to business executives.
Walter Brasch: In the past, the media had their defects and biases, the nation’s media understood they were the system that helped assure a free and unencumbered forum for debate about major issues.