Sam for President

By Jan Warrington For Christmas 2017, my sister gave my husband and me a dish towel with a drawing of a dog seated behind a desk, and not just in any office, but the Oval Office. (We loved it!) The towel reads: “My dog would make a better president.” So true, several friends said after […]

An act of heroism

Writers, politicians, editors, and some of the public rushed to label Robert Mueller’s testimony on Wednesday “a mess” and “a disaster.” They could not be more wrong, unless of course what they wanted was entertainment. Perhaps that’s the problem; The Washington Post has assigned its theater critic to review the Democratic presidential candidates. But government and […]

On Fascism

The author Umberto Eco was uniquely qualified to recognize fascism. He was eleven years old when Italy’s tyrant Mussolini died and the boy read the words “freedom,” “dictatorship,” and “liberty” for the first time in his life. “I was reborn as a free Western man by virtue of these new words,” he wrote in a […]

The Shameless, Shameful, Shamer-In-Chief

Hello again — I’m writing again for Frank’s blog — until I start my own. Thanks so much for taking the time to read, and all comments are appreciated. — Jan By Jan Warrington The day I thought Donald Trump would be expelled from the roster of 2016 Republican presidential candidates was in July, 2015, when […]

This is a full-blown emergency

Donald Trump’s attacks on four freshmen congresswomen of color—his use of the centuries-old insult to the unwanted that they should “go back where they came from”—is nothing less than a declaration of war on our very democracy. True, this attack was racist, painting the women as outsiders because they are not white. Yes, his defenders […]

No Coincidence

It’s a good bet that Donald Trump doesn’t know Nicola Sturgeon, but it would do him a world of good to study her example. On the day he defied mourners by visiting Pittsburgh, the first minister of Scotland, his counterpart, was leading students on a tour of Auschwitz to show them first-hand “what can happen […]

The Inevitable

Who, if I cried out, would hear me among the Angelic Hierarchies? –Rainer Maria Rilke Now Trump’s love of insult and violence has given us this: the massacre of Jews in their synagogue. It was bound to happen. Eventually, inevitably, in this atmosphere created by his demagogic politics. It is not the Holocaust, not even […]