Category Archives: Civic Concerns

Pertains to politics and governance, rights of citizens.

Fear

For about 10 seconds our conversation was impossible. Two Navy jets on final approach to the US Naval Station just a couple of miles from where we are camped made a deafening roar that it was impossible to talk over. “The sound of freedom,” Mark declared after they passed.

That sentiment has provided me with a lot of food for thought over the last several days. It’s is emblematic of the widely held belief that our overwhelming military strength alone is capable of safeguarding our freedoms. Although I recognize our need for strength, I question the scale of our military and the focus. Russia and China together spend half what we do each year. I think a great deal more than military power is required to keep us free. In fact I’m coming to believe that the greatest enemies toward freedom lie within our own society. Continue reading Fear

Honest Gil

What Can We Do?

Is American Democracy Hopeless?

The most expensive Senate campaign ever is underway in Kentucky. Millions will be spent, most of which is coming from outside of the state.  It’s an outrage, and a demonstration of the dysfunctional campaign finance system that has corrupted our democratic process.  Polling shows that over 90% of Americans think we should get the big money out of politics, but few people see much hope of that actually happening. Continue reading Honest Gil