Entries by vminjesu

Enemies of the Nation State

November 2017 My interest in the political came alive during my senior year in high school.  Our “Problems of Democracy” class, aptly led by Frank Lupashunski our teacher, fueled my enthusiasm.  Being fully aware of my militant opposition to communism, the Soviet Union and “red” China, Mr. Lupashunski knew exactly how to set my patriotic […]

One Nation, under Assault

Chauncey DeVega with Johns Hopkins psychologist John Gartner: Donald Trump’s presidency is dangerous and destructive. Because he is an autocrat and petit-fascist, he has repeatedly demonstrated contempt for American democracy. His personal and political behavior has diminished America on the world stage. He has torn apart basic assumptions about political normality in an effort to […]

Bannon Banished? Not Really.

Good Sunday morning, WaPo! Bannon banished?  Nah.  I doubt it.  This is all for public consumption.  I seriously question this is the end of the Trump / Bannon bromance.  Bannon is Trump’s brain just as Rove was Bush II’s.  I have every good suspicion there will be late-night phone calls between T & B.  Bannon […]

About Hate

Good Sunday morning, Mr. McCoy/WaPo! The six (6) men interviewed for your column on hate represent the underbelly of American society and culture.  They are the worst among us; certainly not even so much as the slightly good among us. They live in a monolithic bubble where only whites (white trash, as I see it) […]

The Charlottesville Massacre

Sunday, August 6th, 2017 Governor Terry McAuliffe Dear Governor McAuliffe: It has been many years since I last wrote to you.  I was living in Boston at that time, and you were Chair of the Democratic National Party.  That letter was highly critical of the Democratic Party.  In fact, you provided the courtesy of phoning […]

Communicating effectively

May 2017 Words matter.  We humans communicate orally and in writing.  The hearing impaired use sign language to communicate, even when they learned how to speak before becoming deaf.  The blind communicate orally; read and write in braille. The mantra, “Say what you mean.  Mean what you say” has its own sense of importance.  I […]

Trump Biblical? Not likely.

Dear Senator Flake: I laughed aloud when I read your remark about Trump and the Biblical Ark. As both a seasoned business executive of many years and an ordained Christian theologian (I actually STUDIED the topic at seminary) I can assure you that Trump is anything but Biblical, even in the most evil of Biblical […]

On Leadership

The terms “leader” and “leadership” get bandied about often without a clear understanding of what a leader is; or, what the resultant leadership means.   It has been written and stated widely that “leaders are born, not made”.  While that axiom may get some pushback, leaders have an innate character that ultimately will take them into […]

Thoughts on Dr. Travis Bradberry

April 2017 As a fan and follower of Dr. Travis Bradberry, author of “Emotional Intelligence 2.0”, I admire and respect his plaudits for self-reflection/introspection and road maps to greater success. There is a “however”. Isn’t there always? Dr Bradberry lives and breathes in a world that is far removed from the world many others of […]

Email to Kevin Sullivan, Washington Post, 22 May 2016

Dear Mr. Sullivan, Your commentary in today’s Sunday Washington Post heralds a cause for concern among those of us who believe in the rule of law and staying within the parameters of those rules; and, for those of us who truly love our country, warts and all. Soper and his followers/colleagues are, simply stated, anarchists. […]