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There are no good outcomes: Thoughts on Bill Clinton, Donald Trump and impeachment

January 31, 2020

By Matthew E. MillikenMEMwrites.wordpress.comJan. 31, 2020 Author’s note: This post contains brief references to sexual assault and suicide. MEM Over the years, I’ve come to believe something that I suspected but tried to suppress at the time: That Bill Clinton disgraced and endangered his office of the presidency by conducting an extramarital affair in the […]

President Donald Trump’s Dec. 17, 2019, message to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on impeachment

December 17, 2019

Author’s note: President Trump’s letter to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi on impeachment is widely available on the web in portable document format. However, I wanted to present it in text form, as many readers, myself included, find that easier to absorb. I’ll have some comments on the president’s message in an upcoming post. […]

Donald Trump and Barack Obama: Examining off-the-cuff American history lessons from our two most recent presidents

May 3, 2017

By Matthew E. Milliken May 3, 2017 I was tickled to my cynical core Monday morning when I learned that President Donald Trump had bloviated about Andrew Jackson, one of his antecedents in the Oval Office, and the Civil War. After all, who better than Trump — who in February became the first to discover, regarding health […]

On presidential propriety and Donald Trump

March 31, 2017

By Matthew E. Milliken March 31, 2017 Last June, journalist Robert Kuttner examined the different ways in which a then-hypothetical President Trump might abuse his power. We are now 70 days into the Trump administration, a span in which the administration has been mired amid scandal, incompetence and apparent if not actual corruption, not to mention historically low […]

Why #ImWithHer: Considering Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump

November 7, 2016

By Matthew E. Milliken Nov. 7, 2016 On Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016, I will vote for Hillary Clinton to become the 45th president of the United States of America. The Democratic candidate is an imperfect individual, but she is eminently qualified to serve as president, and I expect her to be an acceptable — and […]

Man on the run: Contemplating the intent and the future of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign

April 5, 2016

By Matthew E. Milliken April 5, 2016 Eight days ago, a hitherto obscure public relations expert and New York University adjunct professor named Stephanie Cegielski generated a great deal of attention when she wrote an open letter explaining why she would no longer support Donald Trump’s run for president. The most notable thing about the letter […]

Two more major reasons why (some) people love Donald Trump

March 9, 2016

By Matthew E. Milliken March 9, 2016 I wrote the other day that Donald Trump had bragged: “I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose voters.” I found that outlandish claim to be eminently believable, in part because voters supported Trump in large numbers after he issued that boast […]

The entertainer: Exploring why Donald Trump fans adore Donald Trump

March 5, 2016

By Matthew E. Milliken March 5, 2016 If Donald Trump is so loathsome, why is he so beloved, or at least appealing? The short answer is that Trump isn’t that well-liked among the general population, even when “general population” is defined as Republicans who have participated in a primary or caucus this year. As Nate Silver […]

Patented Pundit Scorecard™ No. 2: I was wrong, wrong, WRONG about Donald Trump

February 26, 2016

By Matthew E. Milliken Feb. 26, 2016 In November, I introduced a feature exclusive to this blog: the Patented Pundit Scorecard™. I am now pleased to roll out the second edition of the PPS™. When Donald Trump declared that he was seeking the Republican Party nomination as a candidate for president of the United […]

Washington Post reporters chronicle a chaotic White House in ‘A Very Stable Genius’

June 30, 2020

By Matthew E. MillikenMEMwrites.wordpress.comJune 30, 2020 Multiple books have been written about Donald Trump’s presidency by insiders or former insiders, or by journalists with access to such people. John Bolton’s recent publication, The Room Where It Happened, is but the latest example. But no matter the author, or the author’s ideology, the fundamental story remains […]

Cheeps and Chirps for June 28, 2020

June 28, 2020

By Matthew E. MillikenMEMwrites.wordpress.comJune 28, 2020 Man, I haven’t done one of these posts for the blog in a reallllly long time.  • Coronavirus, Donald Trump edition 

Covid-19 diary: Part 12

May 31, 2020

By Matthew E. MillikenMEMwrites.wordpress.comMay 31, 2020 One of the problems with having a scatterbrained lout like Donald Trump lead of the free world is that he does so many mendacious and malicious things that it’s virtually impossible to keep track of them all. I realized recently that my catalog of the inadequacies and missteps of […]

Covid-19 diary: Part 10

May 26, 2020

By Matthew E. MillikenMEMwrites.wordpress.comMay 26, 2020 The United States has started to reopen after around two months in which vast swathes of the public have been strongly encouraged to stay home. I’ve looked on this partial return to normalcy with major misgivings. As of Tuesday evening, according to data kept by The New York Times, […]

Surveying the Democratic presidential campaign

March 3, 2020

By Matthew E. MillikenMEMwrites.wordpress.comMarch 3, 2020 As the rain fell this afternoon, I drove to a nearby elementary school and cast a ballot in North Carolina’s primary election. I am not a Democrat; back in the spring of 2004, shortly after my move to the Old North State, I registered as an unaffiliated voter. But […]

Let’s look back on four years of fun and adventure as leap day comes to a close!

February 29, 2020

By Matthew E. MillikenMEMwrites.wordpress.comFeb. 29, 2020 How’s your leap day been? Feb. 29 comes no more than once every four years, so I hope you’ve had a special one! Just think: Four years ago, we had no idea that Donald Trump would… • lose the popular vote — by a lot! — but win the […]

The theoretical impartial senator and the very real imperial president: Thoughts on the impeachment trial

January 29, 2020

By Matthew E. MillikenMEMwrites.wordpress.comJan. 29, 2020 If there were such a thing as a truly impartial senator, then he or she might be in quite a pickle right now. Before start of the ongoing proceedings against the president, senators took the following oath: “I solemnly swear [or affirm] that in all things appertaining to the trial […]

What if the Senate impeachment trial results in conviction?

January 24, 2020

By Matthew E. MillikenMEMwrites.wordpress.comJan. 24, 2019 2020 I’d originally planned to post a review of Ted Chiang’s outstanding recent anthology Exhalation this week, but life got in the way. There was the big January charity Scrabble tournament, which took up most of Saturday and Sunday and about half of Monday. Then, of course, the impeachment […]

Marriage, money and inequality haunt the four March sisters of Greta Gerwig’s strangely delightful ‘Little Women’

December 30, 2019

By Matthew E. MillikenMEMwrites.wordpress.comDec. 30, 2019 Little Women, Greta Gerwig’s adaptation of the classic Louisa May Alcott novel, is a charming chronicle of a Massachusetts family, particularly the challenges faced by the four young daughters. Alcott’s book, published in two volumes in 1868 and 1869, was based on her own life. In reality, her family […]

President Trump’s impeachment message to the Speaker of the House: A close read

December 18, 2019

By Matthew E. MillikenMEMwrites.wordpress.comDec. 18, 2019 Let’s look at some of the more interesting parts of the letter that President Trump sent yesterday to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi. This impeachment represents an unprecedented and unconstitutional abuse of power by Democrat Lawmakers… Two American presidents have been impeached to date; Richard Nixon resigned in 1974 when […]

Cheeps and Chirps for Aug. 8, 2019: Political edition

August 8, 2019

By Matthew E. Milliken Aug. 8, 2019 I guess it’s time for another dive into my stream of consciousness. • Politics ’n’ stuff A point I’ve made a ZILLION times: Between the relentless cruelty (asylum-seekers caged; refugees turned away)—and the kowtowing to dictators (Putin, Kim, Orbán, Mohammad bin Salman!)—it’s almost as if Trump is begging […]

A rudderless prodigy enters a bizarre tournament in a distant, barbaric space empire in Iain Banks’s ‘The Player of Games’

July 17, 2019

By Matthew E. Milliken July 17, 2019 Iain Banks’s 1987’s novel Consider Phlebas chronicled a shape-shifting secret agent undertaking a dangerous secret mission on behalf of the Idirans, a species of giant three-legged lizards locked in a bloody galactic struggle with a foe called the Culture. The following year, the British author published the second entry […]

Cheeps and Chirps for May 11, 2019

May 11, 2019

By Matthew E. MillikenMEMwrites.wordpress.comMay 11, 2019 Let’s fire up the old tweeting machine. • Politics Wayne Allyn Root is telling Bill Cunningham that Mexican drug cartels are paying Democrats to maintain lax immigration laws and enforcement. No freaking joke. — ((( Matt Milliken ))) immigrant’s grandson, VOTER (@memomoment) April 15, 2019 Nixon eventually lost the support […]

Recent Readings for May 9, 2019

May 9, 2019

By Matthew E. Milliken May 9, 2019 Author’s note: One of the articles linked below involves a porn star; the article is not particularly explicit, but I wanted to give warning. Also, two of the articles below contain upsetting details about violent crimes. MEM Gosh, I haven’t done one of these in nearly two and […]

Cheeps and Chirps for Oct. 31, 2018

October 31, 2018

By Matthew E. Milliken Oct. 31, 2018   Chirping from the hip. • Politics, Supreme Court edition Let’s peek at CNN’s website to see how the Kavanaugh nomination is going, shall we? — ((( Matt Milliken ))) immigrant’s grandson, VOTER (@memomoment) October 2, 2018 A Supreme Court nominee walks into a bar. ‘I like […]

In the executive and judicial branches, Trump appointees will advance ever more severe conservative principles

July 20, 2018

By Matthew E. Milliken July 20, 2018 When the history of Donald Trump’s presidential administration is written, a chapter will likely be devoted to Scott Pruitt’s feckless reign over the Environmental Protection Agency. The former Oklahoma attorney general’s 17-month tenure at EPA was a microcosm of Trump’s chaotic rule. Disdain for science, contempt for […]