And from around the web this week…
Just in case you were wondering why it seems like democracy is dying in America, here’s an interesting piece from CommonDreams. Seems that the three richest Americans now own more wealth than the bottom half of the whole country. That is one scary statistic.
Another sad one: The Challenge of Teaching War to Today’s Students by Tyler Bonin in The Atlantic. Bonin, who is both a vet and a teacher, writes movingly about the difficulty of explaining the realities of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. He warns that students who don’t know, and don’t care about those conflicts may be doomed to repeat them.
Meanwhile, something kind of fun from The Independent, Rogues of The Resistance: The liberal activists and conspiracy theorists who want to take down Trump. Nice article on some of the more colorful personalities in the Resistance, including a couple of flat-out crazies. We were hoping for at least an honorable mention of LR Net in the raving loonie category, but…well, maybe next year.
It seems that the GOP is concerned that its defeats last Tuesday might be a sign of serious trouble. Robert Costa and Philip Rucker write in the Washington Post that “A wave of Democratic victories ignited a ferocious debate across the Republican Party on Wednesday over whether President Trump’s unorthodox behavior and polarizing agenda are jeopardizing the GOP’s firm grip on power in Congress, governors’ mansions and state legislatures.” We suspect the answer is, yah think?
While you’re celebrating the Dems’ wins across the country, be sure to check out this article by Marwa Elatgouri, and the photo by Jahi Chikwendiu, in the Washington Post. In Transgender people have been elected before. But they can finally let the voters know, Eltagouri writes about the complex realities of being a transgendered politician. The piece is moving and informative. But, we mention the photo because it shows newly elected Virginia state legislator Danica Roem falling to her knees and weeping in delight after the reality of her victory finally seeps through…and after Joe Biden called her to congratulate her on her win. So three cheers to Ms. Roem and kudos to Joe B. He’s a gentleman if there ever was one.