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About politicswestchesterview

Nathaniel regards himself as a progressive Democrat who sees a serious need to involve more Americans in the political process if we are to rise to Ben Franklin's challenge "A republic, madam, if you can keep it," after a passerby asked him what form of government the founders had chosen. This blog gives my views and background information on the local, state, and national political scenes. My career in higher education was mainly in the areas of international studies, foreign languages, and student advising, most recently at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, from which I retired in 2006. I have lived in West Chester since 1986.

First they came for the…

A reference to this famed quotation with “children” in the blank came to me today, a reference to the Trump administration’s announced intent to confine undocumented immigrant families indefinitely, thus reneging on the prior agreement that, in a 2015 court … Continue reading

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Freedom from Fear… of guns

Is America’s “romance with guns” finally over? Who could feel romantic about an instrument of mass destruction? Democrats want to pass new laws; and Republicans, for the most part, don’t. Follow the money, as they say. The career totals chart … Continue reading

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Which sort of Republican are they?

The current extreme-right Republican party owes its origins to the Tea Party movement that first manifested itself ten years ago in actions against taxes and government spending. In Chester County it grew out of earlier groups opposing the peace movement … Continue reading

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Earth Year

The patient bee comes to the blueberry bush in bloom. They haven’t heard the bad news, climate and storms. Nor have the ferns, the squirrels, the spruces. One species among the endangered knows all about it, knows it and doesn’t.

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Let’s not lose sight of economic justice

This chart from David Leonhardt, “How the Upper Middle Class Is Really Doing,” New York Times, 2/24/19, shows the winners and losers since income inequality started its leap forward in the Age of Reagan. (The inflation-adjusted chart takes into account … Continue reading

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Now what do I do with those political signs and wickets?

Winners exult, losers lament, and all of us wonder what to do with our growing collection of political signs and their metal support rods (AKA wickets). They were so important to sway voters’ minds… maybe… and now?? If your candidate … Continue reading

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About a Chester County family separated by ICE

It’s not all in Texas! Over 600 people gathered at the June 30 Families Belong Together rally in West Chester. They heard, among many other speakers, Dida Gazoli of Kennett Square speak about the separation of a Kennett area family … Continue reading

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