Roundtable – Terms of Impeachment

The Roundtable is Torchlight staff’s discussion of news and events. The text has been lightly edited for clarity, and some links may have been added after the fact. This conversation happened on October 20, 2019. Josh Kyu Saiewitz, Senior Managing Editor Hello and welcome to today’s Roundtable, Torchlight staff’s discussion of news and events. As

Roundtable – A Shooting, A Hurricane, and Brexit

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 September 2, 2019. Josh Kyu Saiewitz, Senior Managing Editor Hello and welcome to another edition of our Roundtable, Torchlight staff’s discussion of news and events.

Trump’s Empty Chair on Climate Change

There was a climate change meeting on Monday, August 26, 2019, at the G-7 summit. Trump did not show. Instead other administration members went, supposedly. All the other leaders were there and went on without the American president. Trump’s actions once again left the U.S. increasingly isolated on the world stage, distanced even from its

Roundtable – More Shootings

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 August 5, 2019. Josh Kyu Saiewitz, Senior Managing Editor Hello and welcome to our Roundtable, Torchlight staff’s discussion of recent news and events. Today we

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,

Treat the Cancer: Why Democrats Should Impeach Trump

A chest X-ray with a shadow of Trump's face in the left lung

Editor: Today’s guest contributor, Mark Baker, is a stay at home dad with a degree in Political Science and a minor in history. Mark is a USAF vet, liberal, atheist, vegetarian, ex-Mormon, ex-Republican, ex-conservative, living in the most Mormon, Republican, conservative state in the country. The following are his opinions in response to the current

Roundtable – Christchurch Shootings

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 March 18, 2019. Josh Kyu Saiewitz, Senior Managing Editor On March 15, a 28-year-old Australian man filmed himself committing a mass shooting at two mosques

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