Category Archives: Tom’s Tidbits

Tom’s Tidbits- Can the Mail save Representative Democracy?

Aristotle saw two ways of maintaining societies with great wealth discrepancies:  either reduce the inequality or reduce democracy.  By and large he thought reducing inequality and increasing participation (except, of course, for the poor, women and slaves) was the better … Continue reading

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Tom’s Tidbits- Trump may be smart, but we need to be smarter.

Greetings! They say that when you point one finger, three more point back at you.  With that in mind I’d like to talk about three seemingly unrelated events… the Clinton/Trump debate, the ongoing criminality of Wells Fargo bank, and the … Continue reading

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Endless war. Endless squandered opportunity.

Greetings! America is currently at war with between 0 and 134 countries.  Constitutionally-required Declarations Of War may be passé, but our war machine limps along vigorously under endless “authorizations for use of military force”.  However, war can only be a … Continue reading

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Posted in 2016 August, Newsletter Columns, Newsletters, Tom's Tidbits | Comments Off on Endless war. Endless squandered opportunity.

What’s happening to the Rule of Law?

Greetings! The Rule of Law, the quaint idea that societies should be governed by objective laws instead of the whims of individuals, dates back at least to the Code of Hammurabi in 1750 BC and predates democracy by about 1200 … Continue reading

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Posted in 2016 July, Newsletter Columns, Newsletters, Tom's Tidbits | Comments Off on What’s happening to the Rule of Law?

Tom’s Tidbits- Past is Prologue

Greetings! Are we the United States of Amnesia, creatively rewriting our stories to soften their marks on history?  We’re a nation born of the genocide of Native Americans and built by the suffering of slaves among our many other sins, … Continue reading

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Posted in 2016 June, Newsletter Columns, Newsletters, Tom's Tidbits | Comments Off on Tom’s Tidbits- Past is Prologue

Tom’s Tidbits- Space… The Fiscal Frontier

Greetings! Most people don’t pay attention to our military space program.  If you’re like me, you didn’t even know we had one!  I certainly assumed the military had a presence in space, but on the rare occasions I thought about … Continue reading

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Posted in 2016 May, Newsletter Columns, Newsletters, Tom's Tidbits | Comments Off on Tom’s Tidbits- Space… The Fiscal Frontier

Tom’s Tidbits- Business Healthcare Blues

Greetings! On a 1980 relief mission to Uganda, Dick Gregory told Thom Hartmann; “I don’t know why America thinks she has to run around the world forcing people to take our way of governance at the barrel of a gun.” … Continue reading

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Tom’s Tidbits- Mitch McConnell’s slavish devotion to Joe Biden

Greetings! I never thought I’d see it… Mitch McConnell and the Senate Judiciary Committee have completely caved to the Democrats!  They’ve fought loudly to keep the sacred Constitution safe for all of us, but when it came to doing the … Continue reading

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Posted in 2016 March, Newsletter Columns, Newsletters, Tom's Tidbits | Comments Off on Tom’s Tidbits- Mitch McConnell’s slavish devotion to Joe Biden

Tom’s Tidbits- Let’s make this easy for the pundits

Greetings! For the Punditocracy, the takeaway from the 2016 Primaries so far has been the inexplicable rise of the “outsider” or “insurgent” candidates.  Over the past months they’ve all sung the same song… voters are angry, upset, and furious; they’re … Continue reading

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Tom’s Tidbits- America’s Choices…

Greetings! The 2016 election is already being called “the most important election ever”, and while I think the elections around the Civil War, Depression, and World Wars (to name a few) could probably give some stiff competition, I get the … Continue reading

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Posted in 2016 January, Newsletter Columns, Newsletters, Tom's Tidbits | Comments Off on Tom’s Tidbits- America’s Choices…