From The Staff Lounge – Stripping Bernie For Parts

So, we talk about a lot of stuff in the luxurious Torchlight offices, and occasionally between gulps of filtered water and saltines something interesting bubbles up, and we decided to share them with you.  Enjoy. David Spitzley, Senior Contributor Wow, this is solid –  Joe Biden Is Winning The Primary But Losing His Party’s Future

Cards for Debbie – Turning Rage to Love

On the night of his impeachment, Trump appeared at a rally in Battle Creek, Michigan, an expected swing state for the 2020 election. In offhand remarks, he went low, even by his standards, and suggested that late Congressman John Dingell of Michigan was in Hell. John’s widow Debbie Dingell has held her husband’s former seat

Trump’s White Nationalist Administration Slaps Liberty in the Face Again

In an effort to drape an ugly agenda in patriotism, yet another white nationalist from Trump’s administration has lied to re-write the ideals to which America aspires. White nationalism espouses the belief that white people are a race and seeks to develop a white national identity and to maintain a white nation. Just like Hitler

Roundtable – July Grab Bag

The Roundtable is Torchlight staff’s discussion of news and events. The text has been lightly edited for clarity, and some links were added after the fact. This conversation happened on July 21, 2019. Josh Kyu Saiewitz, Senior Managing Editor Hello and welcome to today’s Roundtable, our regular discussion of political events with Torchlight staff. This

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,

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

New York Times Reports Open Season On Sanders

Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck staring at a poster of Bernie Sanders labeled "Bernie Season"

Jonathan Martin recently wrote an article in The New York Times about efforts by elements in the Democratic party to organize opposition to Bernie Sanders’ primary campaign. The article was remarkable mainly for what it did not address, which is what these Anybody But Bernie activists’ objections are to Sanders winning the nomination. The article

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

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