Middle-aged Midwesterner. I write about religion, politics and culture. Podcast: www.enroutepodcast.org newsletter: https://enroutenews.substack.com

America is a great country. But the US Capitol Insurrection is part of a long, dark, racial history in the United States.

January 6th, 2021 — Capitol Hill, Washington D.C. USA: Trump Supporters Siege Capitol Building: Front lines of Trump Supporters and Police outside Capitol Building. Photo 206955517© Julian Leshay Dreamstime.com

“This isn’t who we are.”

President-elect Joe Biden said these words in the aftermath of Wednesday’s assault on the US Capitol. Politicians like to say this during events like this. I believe that President-elect Biden and others who use that phrase mean nothing but good. …

The future of the Republican Party is faction-if NeverTrumpers are willing to try.

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Where are NeverTrumpers or anti-Trump conservatives headed? After helping to deny Trump a second term, many leading lights in the movement have moved from beating Trump to “saving democracy,” which basically means creating a front with Democrats to block a party that has become a threat to American democracy.


How two progressive writers’ electoral hopes for the future changed America in ways they could not have imagined.

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There are many factors that have made American politics so toxic. The 2000 Presidential election. The rise of the Tea Party and later Donald Trump. The Iraq war. The legacy of the Confederacy.

But there is one factor that has changed how our political parties operate, how they look at…

Is Sears dying because of Creative Destruction? Yes and No.

Former Sears in Chicago. Photo by artistmac.

In a few weeks' time, the last Kmart and the last Sears will close in the United States. Most people won’t notice let alone care. The real Sears story has never garnered much interest. Most people especially the media have bought into a certain narrative: that Sears and Kmart failed…

The United States is not a perfect country. That’s what makes it great.

President Ronald Reagan speaking at the Brandenburg Gate, Berlin in 1987. Public Domain photo.

It was the fall of 1983. I was a freshman in high school in Michigan. That fall I decided to try out for the cross country team. I wasn’t a great runner. I was truly, truly bad.

I was running in a cross country meet in the town of Swartz…

Dennis Sanders

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