Some things are so obvious they go without saying. Others, despite their obviousness, need to be said clearly and loudly. Judging by the sheer number of conversations carried out in hushed tones over the past few months, this piece falls into the latter category.

In a country that needs to laugh to keep from crying, a Saturday Night Live sketch this last weekend hit our national funny bone with a ballpeen hammer. Called “Them Trumps,” it asked “What if Trump was black?’ and presented President Darius Trump with wife Malika and their children Darius J…

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 …

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…

In deep-red rural and exurban Missouri, the Democrats’ progressive economic and political policies are pretty popular, while the Democrats themselves are toxic. Democrats can change that if they would go back to being 1938 Democrats and abandon 2018 support for minority rights, abortion righ…

It’s a given that U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill is no Kamala Harris or Cory Booker or even Dick Durbin. That’s because Missouri is no California or New Jersey or Illinois. Those states have huge economies driven by dynamic multi-ethnic urban areas. Missouri is a withering state shrinking in imp…

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In Rwanda and Serbia, ethnic cleansing required guns and rivers of blood. In Missouri, all it required was a few strokes of a computer mouse and, poof, thousands of black people disappeared. Which is why most people reading this will probably end up voting for U.S. Rep. Wm. Lacy Clay for Congress.

In the aftermath of Ferguson, when police violence against black bodies was finally noticed in the region’s white community, the relative silence of then-County Executive Charlie Dooley and the indifference (if not outright disdain) for the protest community shown by then-County Executive-el…