If stupidity were oil, America would be Saudi Arabia. We elected Trump. We believe idiot fake stories on Facebook. We mainline conspiracy theories like a back alley oxy fiend. We think vaccines cause diseases. We love guns, believe climate change is a hoax, and use motorized scooters at the …

I am thankful, in passing, for a lot of things—decent health, relative financial security, bourbon mixed with sweet vermouth, sunset on the South African highveld, NASA, Miles Davis, and baseball. But in my bones, I am profoundly thankful for a few things—my wife, my daughter, my grandchildr…

Evil disguised as common sense is as American as Thanksgiving, and now we have research to back it up. An international gaggle of well-meaning researchers spent a year talking to Americans and have produced a study called “Hidden Tribes: A Study of America’s Polarized Landscape.”

The bug-eyed MAGA red hats who pack Donald Trump rallies aren’t attending  political events so much as a worship services, with Trump as the angry white tribe’s messiah. And while Trump may be a blovating racist, a narcissistic despot, a cowardly liar, an unfit sociopath, and a gelatinous gr…

If the penalties for aiding and abetting right-wing domestic terrorism were the same as those for supporting and funding Islamic terrorism, the next Republican Convention could easily be held inside Leavenworth Federal Prison. The entire Republican Party, from “nothing to see here” types lik…

If America were an all-white country, we would have had universal health care decades ago.  Even though cancer, heart disease, and diabetes are color-blind, conservative whites have consistently opposed expanded health care access because many whites would rather be sick than share a waiting…