Author Archives: Dave Alpert

‘Our democracy’

I must be a closet masochist. I just completed several hours of watching the impeachment hearings and am amazed at how many times “our democracy” was mentioned, how many times Russia’s threat to “our democracy” was mentioned, how many times the Ukraine’s fight against Russian aggression was mentioned, and how many times Trump’s withholding of billions of dollars plus weapons, from the Ukraine, was a threat to our national security was mentioned. This was an effort indulged in, not only by our elected officials, but by the star witnesses as well. Continue reading

Why not Medicare for All?

“I don’t want my taxes to increase”; “I don’t want to lose my current insurance”; “I don’t want the government involved in or interfering in my health care”. Continue reading

Celebrating Thanksgiving

It’s that time of year again, a time to give thanks to the white men who perilously crossed the ocean to discover America. Along with this discovery came the genocide and the murder of tens of thousands of indigenous people who never realized that these white men discovered the land they had been living on, for centuries, until years later when they read about this in our text books. Continue reading

Let us pause for a commercial

Sports have become so commercialized and militarized that I often am tempted to shut my Tv and retire to a state of depression. First, we have what was once a game become a vehicle to sell products. For example, a one hour (that’s 60 minutes) football game has been remade into a 3 to 4 hour commercial. The game has become incidental. The same can be said for basketball, baseball, and hockey. There is rarely a moment when play stops and there is no commercial or commercials to tolerate. Continue reading

We are all expendable

Almost daily, I am confronted by an article and/or photo of starving Yemen children and the destruction of their homes. I keep learning that such an attack on the civilian population is against international law. I would like to know, how often or when the US felt the obligation to abide by international or even domestic law. The reality is that they are the bully on the block and they are not obligated to follow any laws. After all, who has the chutzpah (nerve) to challenge them? Continue reading

Now repeat after me, impeach Trump, impeach Trump, impeach Trump!!

The world has stopped. The revolutions in Chile and Lebanon are not happening; the destruction of Yemen and the killing of tens of thousands of its citizens are a figment of my imagination; Israel’s continuing program of genocide of the Palestinian people; racism and violence in the US; the lack of a decent, comprehensive health care program; the lack of affordable housing for millions of Americans, etc. are all issues that are not worthy of our attention. The only worthwhile news is the impeachment of Mr. (not my president) Trump. The mainstream media have made certain that we do not hear any news other than Trump and the congressional Democrats who are pursuing impeachment proceedings. That might be why millions of Americans don’t bother to vote… they know no one gives a damn. Continue reading

Why are Americans so accepting of war?

Why are the American people so passive and accepting of war? We have not experienced war on our soil since the Civil War. The closest we came was the destruction and deaths caused by the 9/11 attack and that wasn’t even implemented from a foreign nation. It was a homegrown incident to gather support for US military action in the Middle East. Continue reading

Wake up, world, the clock is ticking

When WW2 ended, I was 10 years old, naive, uninformed, and impressionable. I celebrated the end of the war as well as finding a relief in the fact that the creation of an Israel gave the Jewish people a safe homeland. The fact that they were taking the land from the Palestinians never entered my mind. Continue reading

Pills not guns

“Clearly, it’s a mental health issue.” Those are the words of Donald Trump, president of the United States, responding to the mass killings in El Paso, Texas, and 13 hours later, in Dayton, Ohio. Continue reading

‘I don’t have a racist bone in my body’

Those were the words of presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden when confronted about his comments regarding his cooperative working arrangement with two racist, white supremacist Dixiecrats, James Eastland of Mississippi and Herman Talmadge of Georgia. Continue reading

I was once a liberal

When I was young and naive, I actually believed that we could make this society kinder and gentler. I was 23 years old when I began teaching. My salary was $4,500 per year, I was married and my wife was pregnant. Continue reading

It’s our choice, socialism or barbarism

There is no doubt that people, especially the young, are experiencing less difficulty and anxiety mentioning and even conversing about socialism as a construct. Unfortunately, most progressives are still reluctant to mention socialism or consider it as an alternative and are engaged in maintaining a capitalist structure and fighting to make it kinder and gentler. Continue reading

The greatest threat to the working class…liberalism and the Democratic Party

I remember, as a young man asking how do the Republicans win elections? After all, they are clearly in the minority and, yet, seem to fare well at the voting booths. I was unaware that for some elections, more than half the eligible voters, most of them working class people who realized that it mattered not who won, did not vote. Whether Republican or Democrat, their struggles remained unchanged. Continue reading

Capitalism and a primitive, violent society

I was born here in the US, grew up and went to school here. Like everyone else, I was taught that I was fortunate because I lived in the greatest, most democratic country in the world. We are such a good people that we voluntarily intercede in other countries to ensure that the people’s freedom is maintained. Continue reading

The un-Terrorist

Since my youth, I’ve heard the term “un-American” tossed around. In the 1950s, we even had the House Un-American Activities Committee, a committee whose responsibilities included weeding out those Americans who were really un-Americans. Continue reading

While America remains silent

It’s encouraging to see the young people take to the streets demanding that the adults in the room do something about the gun violence in this country. But our young people are just that . . . young and in most respects naive. Continue reading

The rise of fascism . . . the rise of anti-Jewish sentiment once again

Approximately 82 years ago I was born in New York City to Jewish parents. Therefore, I am a Jew by birth but an atheist by choice. However, as far as the fascists are concerned, as demonstrated in the 1930s and 40s, I am a Jew regardless of my beliefs or lifestyle. Continue reading

Keeping our eyes on the prize

It is upsetting and angering to see, time after time, so-called “leftists” refer to international banking with the name of the Rothschilds, a Jewish family. Continue reading

It’s nothing more than political theater

“What much of the Left does not sufficiently appreciate is that the two-party system is a SYSTEM, that the parties operate in tandem, that it is the ROLE of the Democratic Party to be the lesser-of-the-two evils, to move to the Left when the masses begin to become radicalized so as to prevent the formation of a true people’s party. In that sense, the theory of the lesser-of-the-two evils is the greatest evil.” Continue reading

The ugly American: It’s not really about Trump

First, let me get this out of the way . . . Donald Trump is a loudmouth, arrogant, narcissistic, racist, misogynist pig. Have I made my feelings clear? Continue reading

What should we be fighting for?

Many years ago, when I was young, vibrant and, I thought, sexy, I learned an important political lesson . . . the powers that be couldn’t care less what we, the people, felt, wanted, or needed. Continue reading

The imperialist’s playbook

All football fans know that every team has its own playbook. Every player on the team gets a copy of the playbook and learns what his role and responsibility is on every play his team runs. Key elements to a team’s playbook is the use of deception and misdirection. This allows the team to attempt to defeat the other team with a well organized, disciplined game plan. Continue reading

Does capitalism work?

In the United States, one of the world’s wealthiest nations, 41 million people are living in poverty. Continue reading

From darkness to light

Donald Trump is a corrupt, dishonest capitalist. So, why isn’t he liked by the moguls of Wall Street? Why did they support not only Barack Obama, but Hilary Clinton? Continue reading

Let’s not ignore a society that accepts misogyny as a way of life

For many years, I have dedicated myself to fighting against racism. I have pointed out that we are all contaminated with this disease, even the decent and well-meaning folks. Continue reading

Now hear this!!

The UN General Assembly was considering a resolution introduced by the Russian Federation to condemn the glorification of Nazism and two countries voted against it . . . Ukraine whose government is dominated by neo-Nazis and . . . the United States of America. Continue reading

Wake up, folks, fascism is back in style again

This past week, in Warsaw, Poland, tens of thousands of young Poles marched in an independence-day procession organized by a nationalist youth movement that seeks an ethnically pure Poland with fewer Jews or Muslims. Continue reading

Donald Trump, the divider in chief

One has to admire Donald Trump. He really knows how to play to his constituency. Continue reading

What else did you expect?

During the 60 years I worked, I came to realize that the tone of an organization was almost always the reflection of the values and behaviors of that organization’s administration. Continue reading

We are our own worst enemy

During and after Donald Trump was sworn in as president, last January, thousands of people took to the streets refusing to accept the openly racist, misogynist, anti-immigrant, and insulting Trump as their president. Continue reading

Did Donald Trump really discover fascism? Part 2

Fascism . . . a political philosophy, movement, or regime (such as that of the Fascisti) that exalts nation and often race above the individual and that stands for a centralized autocratic government headed by a dictatorial leader. (Merriam-Webster) Continue reading

Did Donald Trump really discover fascism?

Donald Trump ran his presidential candidacy to appeal to the racist, fascist, and misogynist elements residing in the United States. Yet, we see so many surprised and outraged at his response to the violence perpetrated by his people in Charlottesville, Virginia, the weekend of August 11th through the 12th. As David Duke, former Grand Dragon of the KKK stated, Donald Trump is fulfilling his campaign promises. Continue reading