Category: Human Rights

The Trump Show… and What It Means for the Rest of Us

Photo above: Donald Trump and his Laughing White Men's Supreme Chorus back when they thought they were celebrating the removal of you and your children from affordable health care in the U.S. It's been a bit comforting to hear more and more conservatives and liberals speak out on the threat the Trump administration poses to ...

Has the Time Come to Mandate Universal Service?

Photo above: John F Kennedy meeting with early participants in the Peace Corps, a program of people to people outreach in foreign countries. Radical Centrism: Remaking Citizenship Part IIIn my last post I promised a more detailed follow up on a key idea about rebuilding citizenship in the U.S. — mandatory universal service to country. ...

What Can We Do — What SHOULD We Do — for Our Country?

Radical Centrism Papers: Remaking Citizenship I "Ask not what your country can do for you... Ask what YOU can do for your country!" So John F Kennedy inspired us almost 60 years ago in his electrifying inaugural address.  But since the idealism he unleashed with that statement, it seems we've been just been doing a lot ...

Time to Deconstruct Systemic Racism?

It's time to end it.  "But how?" you plead. "Because we are blind. No, not colorblind as we had hoped, but blind to our own prejudice... How can we rise above ... our tribal selves to reclaim our humanity and move forward together as one country?" Well, there are models... Let's be honest: The notion ...

Our Heart of Darkness

In honor of Black History Month, this is the first of a multi-part series on the struggle for racial equality in the U.S.  I'm aware of the potential arrogance of writing about racial experience while occupying the throne of the U.S. racial pyramid (whiteness), however false it may be.  I hope you will have forgiveness ...

Readers React! So What Would YOU Do to Deconstruct Systemic Racism?

Below is a comment I received on my last post about ending system racism. It seems to require a fairly long response. Love to hear from more readers as well... Please comment below. From Shal: "OK, Pat..You are now on the clock..You are President of the US (not king or emperor, mind you) and you ...

What Does Morality Even Mean Anymore?

Radical Centrism Papers: 2Doesn’t it seem like our nation used to have a true moral compass? That the gathered mass of our people had a more common sense of purpose and destiny? The nation had fewer laws, but it brought individual values into political and business decisions — the quiet web of morals and manners ...