Category Archives: Tribalism in American Politics

The Purest Politics

Call it identity politics, or tribal politics, but it’s clear that when it comes time to choose someone to run things, that someone should be one of “us” – because few have the time or energy or patience to consider … Continue reading

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Most Likely to Succeed

Don’t look back. You’ll be reminded of better days, now gone, when you were young and relatively cool, and probably thin. Or you’ll be reminded of something deeply embarrassing, long forgotten, and forgotten for a reason. You might also be … Continue reading

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Tribal Science

It could be that Mitt Romney didn’t lose the 2012 election because of his forty-seven percent comments – although claiming that nearly half the country was a bunch of hopeless losers, lazy moochers who have no sense of personal responsibility, … Continue reading

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Resuming Normal Time

It was back to normal. As November began, Daylight Savings Time, that marginally useful fiction, ended. Everyone set their clocks and wristwatches and little black boxes back one hour, even if the days are still the same length, even if … Continue reading

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The Oddest Spook

There’s work to do – there always is. These days it’s an economy that’s miserable, save for the one or two percent at the top, and out here another fellow with mental problems got himself an AR-15 and some body … Continue reading

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Watching the Collapse

Grow up in Pittsburgh and it never leaves you – unless you’re Oscar Levant or Andy Warhol. A good baseball game is a joy, but if it’s not the Pirates you look on the game clinically, noting the great plays … Continue reading

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The Culture War Resumes

America can stand down now. The holidays are over and we all dodged a bullet – no one brought up politics at dinner. Your conservative Fox News relatives didn’t sneer about Obama – the man won the election decisively – … Continue reading

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