America Continues to Choose Guns over Children

After the shooting of children and young people at Virginia Tech, Sandy Hook Elementary School, Santa Fe High School, and Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, American did next to nothing. Enough already. No more excuses. Unlike cars or knives, guns were made with one purpose: to kill. Contrary to what NRA leadership and the gun

Trump’s “Go Back Home” Tweet – A Diary

July 15th Yesterday, the president Tweeted about four congresspeople in a way that realistically can only be viewed as racist and white nationalist. It can be argued that he was just lashing out at criticism, but the fact that he chose the “go back to the country you came from” route for four U.S. citizens,

The Darkness of Trump’s Immigration Policy

“Freedom to starve is no freedom.” Patrick Harper, Sharpe’s Rifles (Movie), 1993 This morning, I rose from my cushioned slumber, tossed aside my covers, and went to the bathroom to relieve myself, after which I washed my hands with soap. A little later, I brushed my teeth with a toothbrush and took a shower with

Policies, Not Political Pablum

With the first debate of the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates only days away, we Americans need to shake off our conditioning and demand better than empty platitudes from our politicians. We have been raised on political pablum. When we ask politicians questions about policy, often they respond, at best, with generic, placating rhetoric designed to

10 Questions Congress Should Ask Robert Mueller

The following was compiled with the help of Torchlight Media’s editorial staff. UPDATE: After this article’s original June 3, 2019 publication, the House Judiciary and Intelligence Committees issued subpoenas for Robert Mueller to testify publicly before Congress on July 17, 2019. The House Committees confirmed that Mueller has agreed to appear. We here at Torchlight

THAT WAS NOT THE MUELLER REPORT, NO. THAT WAS JUST BARR’S TRIBUTE.

Barr and Pence's heads grafted onto a photo of Tenacious D

While we know little of the specific findings in the Mueller report, we still can still take some lessons from the experience, although not the ones many had hoped. But first we should review the basics of Mueller’s investigation. Robert Mueller’s appointment as special counsel to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 election was met

The Schoolyard Bully Pulpit – Part 3: High Societal Stakes

We have a narcissistic president who bullies as if he knows no other way to behave. By virtue of the office Trump holds, that behavior now involves all of us Americans, whether we like it or not. As observers, we can end up encouraging bullying behavior by joining in, by supporting the bully, or by

Climate of Emergency

A satellite image of a storm front wearing a MAGA hat

The United States faces an enormous emergency, but you will not find it at the border. Now, President Trump, of all people, has paved the way to finally tackling that crisis. Maybe something positive can come out of all of this. During the government shutdown of December 2018 – January 2019, with Trump finding himself

The Schoolyard Bully Pulpit – Part 2: The Media Misses the Boat

A pleased looking Donald Trump next to the dictionary definition of Bully

We’ve gone over the case for Trump as narcissistic bully. Now what? Now we need to start talking about it, beginning with how the media is not talking about it. The media has called Trump a narcissist or a bully before, but they don’t actually analyze Trump’s behavior using those terms. Instead, they keep falling

The Schoolyard Bully Pulpit – Part 1: Breaking the Silence

A grinning President Trump next to a dictionary definition of "bully"

After decades in the spotlight and two years as president, we still dance around the truth: Donald J. Trump is a schoolyard bully. He is a narcissist and a bully. It’s really that simple. Once you accept that, it explains almost everything else. Such pronouncements are not made lightly. These conclusions were only reached after