Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Where are the Fresh Candidates?




There are almost twenty men and women running for president of the United States this year. So far. Yet, the field seems strangely muted and empty. Kind of like the feeling we have in the pit of our collective national tummy, when we contemplate the lack of seriousness of purpose among these collected ambitious pols. Why is America so bad at producing politicians of substance? Or, a better question to ask is this: why is the current crop of 2016 hopefuls so apparently listless and hopelessly uninspiring?
Let’s start with the Republicans because they have the biggest pool. At the present time, there are around a dozen Senators, Governors, and businesspeople vying for the party’s nomination. There will be nearly a year and a half of back-breaking infighting until the Summer convention produces a winner. Why are all these people willing to put themselves through so much to be Leader of the Free World? Whatever their reasons are, the candidates for 2016 seem like a particularly lackluster lot. They all spout the same truisms and offer the same tired solutions to problems that are vexing and pressing, problems that threaten the nation and the world. They pretend to come from different corners of the Party but they all seem like listless iterations of the same tried-and-true formulas. Where are the future faces of Mount Rushmore? Ted Cruz? Carly Fiorina? Please.
And then there are the Democrats. Or, as now seems more than likely, the Democrat. Let’s face it folks, love her or loathe her, Hillary Clinton now seems more than a little inevitable. And is that a good thing for a Party that needs some serious reinvention? The national debate isn’t going to go very far if these are the men and women who populate our political conversation for the next eighteen months. In fact, there isn’t going to be much of a debate at all because all of these people, despite their advertised differences are really, as former Alabama governor and racist, George Wallace, used to say, “not worth a dime’s difference.” Even racist governor’s sometimes said things that made more sense than some of the sorry pols that people our national landscape. Pretty sad.

A SPECIAL NOTE: I am about to begin a Kickstarter campaign and I would like to ask anyone who’s interested in this blog, WASHINGTONSPECTACLE.COM to participate. The campaign begins June 1, 2015 and it’s called “Help Me Write a New Novel–And Then Give it Away FREE (FOREVER). I am going to write a 500 page novel called “Magic Blue City” about “swinging” Miami Beach of the 1960s and with the help of Kickstarter supporters I’ll be able to distribute the ebook without cost for the life of the book. This has never been done before. Be a modern day Medici and support the writing of an original novel by a veteran novelist and journalist. Please check out the Kickstarter campaign when it appears next week and support me if you can. My other 8 novels are for sale at Amazon as we speak!

Monday, June 1, 2015

Keeping Your Sanity in Insane Times (Again)

I think its worth running this post again, folks.




It isn’t always easy waking up in the morning, especially these days. You turn on the TV and the first thing you hear about is how many people have died in this and that conflict. How the president of the United States is at war with the Congress. How nothing is being done to make the lives of individuals easier or more fulfilling. How your money is going nowhere fast. How your kids are going to have college debts they’ll never manage. How, how, how…
Here’s a tip to make you feel better instantly. And I’m not kidding about this. When you wake up tomorrow morning do these few easy steps and don’t skip any of the details. I guarantee you will feel a lot better; this kind of thing can become addictive.
First of all, call your office and tell them you’re finally taking that personal day. Don’t make excuses, just say you have things to take care of (things called YOURSELF). Then (and this is the big one) turn off your cell phone, your landline phone, your television, your radio.
Lay down in bed and close your eyes. Rest, relax, you have nothing to do today, no one to see, no issues to take care of. You’re free today.
For the first few hours, this will all feel really strange. But as the day goes on, you’ll become accustomed to the rhythm of your own relaxation and soon you will crave it. Take the rest of the day to revel in your own serenity.
Go to sleep and don’t think about the things that stress you all the time. Today is the day for…nothing.
Tomorrow, you will wake refreshed and ready to start the usual routines. But you’ll feel as if you’ve been on a desert island for a month. Call it as daycation-not a robo-call or loud politician to break the silence.

A SPECIAL NOTE: I am about to begin a Kickstarter campaign and I would like to ask anyone who’s interested in this blog, WASHINGTONSPECTACLE.COM to participate. The campaign begins June 5, 2015 and it’s called “Help Me Write a New Novel–And Then Give it Away FREE (FOREVER). I am going to write a 500 page novel called “Magic Blue City” about “swinging” Miami Beach of the 1960s and with the help of Kickstarter supporters I’ll be able to distribute the ebook without cost for the life of the book. This has never been done before. Be a modern day Medici and support the writing of an original novel by a veteran novelist and journalist. Please check out the Kickstarter campaign when it appears next week and support me if you can. My other 8 novels are for sale at Amazon as we speak!

Friday, May 29, 2015

Where are the Fresh Candidates?




There are almost twenty men and women running for president of the United States this year. So far. Yet, the field seems strangely muted and empty. Kind of like the feeling we have in the pit of our collective national tummy, when we contemplate the lack of seriousness of purpose among these collected ambitious pols. Why is America so bad at producing politicians of substance? Or, a better question to ask is this: why is the current crop of 2016 hopefuls so apparently listless and hopelessly uninspiring?
Let’s start with the Republicans because they have the biggest pool. At the present time, there are around a dozen Senators, Governors, and businesspeople vying for the party’s nomination. There will be nearly a year and a half of back-breaking infighting until the Summer convention produces a winner. Why are all these people willing to put themselves through so much to be Leader of the Free World? Whatever their reasons are, the candidates for 2016 seem like a particularly lackluster lot. They all spout the same truisms and offer the same tired solutions to problems that are vexing and pressing, problems that threaten the nation and the world. They pretend to come from different corners of the Party but they all seem like listless iterations of the same tried-and-true formulas. Where are the future faces of Mount Rushmore? Ted Cruz? Carly Fiorina? Please.
And then there are the Democrats. Or, as now seems more than likely, the Democrat. Let’s face it folks, love her or loathe her, Hillary Clinton now seems more than a little inevitable. And is that a good thing for a Party that needs some serious reinvention? The national debate isn’t going to go very far if these are the men and women who populate our political conversation for the next eighteen months. In fact, there isn’t going to be much of a debate at all because all of these people, despite their advertised differences are really, as former Alabama governor and racist, George Wallace, used to say, “not worth a dime’s difference.” Even looney, racist governor’s sometimes said things that made more sense than some of the sorry pols that people our national landscape. Pretty sad.

A SPECIAL NOTE: I am about to begin a Kickstarter campaign and I would like to ask anyone who’s interested in this blog, WASHINGTONSPECTACLE.COM to participate. The campaign begins June 1, 2015 and it’s called “Help Me Write a New Novel–And Then Give it Away FREE (FOREVER). I am going to write a 500 page novel called “Magic Blue City” about “swinging” Miami Beach of the 1960s and with the help of Kickstarter supporters I’ll be able to distribute the ebook without cost for the life of the book. This has never been done before. Be a modern day Medici and support the writing of an original novel by a veteran novelist and journalist. Please check out the Kickstarter campaign when it appears next week and support me if you can. My other 8 novels are for sale at Amazon as we speak!

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Keeping Your Sanity in Insane Times




It isn’t always easy waking up in the morning, especially these days. You turn on the TV and the first thing you hear about is how many people have died in this and that conflict. How the president of the United States is at war with the Congress. How nothing is being done to make the lives of individuals easier or more fulfilling. How your money is going nowhere fast. How your kids are accruing college debts they’ll never manage. How, how, how…
Here’s a tip to make you feel better immediately. I’m not kidding about this. When you wake up tomorrow morning do these few easy steps and don’t skip any of the details. I guarantee you will feel a lot better; this kind of thing can become addictive.
First of all, call your office and tell them you’re finally taking that personal day. Don’t make excuses, just say you have things to take care of (things called YOURSELF). Then (and this is the big one) turn off your cell phone, your landline phone, your television, your radio.
Lay down in bed and close your eyes. Rest, relax, you have nothing to do today, no one to see, no issues to take care of. You’re free as a bird today.
For the first few hours, this will all feel really strange. But as the day goes on, you’ll become accustomed to the rhythm of your own relaxation and soon you will crave it. Take the rest of the day to revel in your own serenity.
Go to sleep and don’t think about the things that stress you all the time. Today is the day for…nothing. So’s the night.
Tomorrow, you will wake refreshed and ready to start the usual routines. But you’ll feel as if you’ve been on a desert island retreat for a month. Call it as daycation. Not a robo-call or loud politician to break the silence.

A SPECIAL NOTE: I am about to begin a Kickstarter campaign and I would like to ask anyone who’s interested in this blog, WASHINGTONSPECTACLE.COM to participate. The campaign begins June 1, 2015 and it’s called “Help Me Write a New Novel–And Then Give it Away FREE (FOREVER). I am going to write a 500 page novel called “Magic Blue City” about “swinging” Miami Beach of the 1960s and with the help of Kickstarter supporters I’ll be able to distribute the ebook without cost for the life of the book. This has never been done before. Be a modern day Medici and support the writing of an original novel by a veteran novelist and journalist. Please check out the Kickstarter campaign when it appears next week and support me if you can. My other 8 novels are for sale at Amazon as we speak!

Friday, May 22, 2015

A repeat of a previous post:

This morning www.washingtonspectacle.com sadly–and happily–remembers the great actor, Robin Williams. And I remember him personally because he played a part in my life, far away from the glitz of Hollywood television and movie studios.
 When I was a young man, growing up in New York City, I used to sit on the steep steps out in front of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, along with hundreds of Sunday strollers and tourists. There, slightly uncomfortable with my back wedged against the stiff stone of the steps, I would pass the time watching a young mime perform his smooth magic. At the end of his brief show, he would pass the hat and the people who had been watching his amazing work would eagerly support him with their quarters and dollars. The mime was always gracious, always appreciative, and he would go on to do many shows for the rest of the long afternoon. And then, the next Sunday, he would be back in the same spot.
 Robin Williams made people feel good about life, and about themselves; generations of people laughed and cried along with him. But before the big TV break, or the Academy Award, Robin Williams performed live and made people smile.

 That mime in front of the Metropolitan Museum, all those years ago, was Robin Williams. Good Night, Robin.

A SPECIAL NOTE: I am about to begin a Kickstarter campaign and I would like to ask anyone who’s interested in this blog, WASHINGTONSPECTACLE.COM to participate. The campaign begins June 1, 2015 and it’s called “Help Me Write a New Novel–And Then Give it Away FREE (FOREVER). I am going to write a 500 page novel called “Magic Blue City” about “swinging” Miami Beach of the 1960s and with the help of Kickstarter supporters I’ll be able to distribute the ebook without cost for the life of the book. This has never been done before. Be a modern day Medici and support the writing of an original novel by a veteran novelist and journalist. Please check out the Kickstarter campaign when it appears next week and support me if you can. My other 8 novels are for sale at Amazon as we speak!

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Why Hillary Clinton is Not Inevitable




Everyone has already made up their minds–Hillary Clinton is going to be the nominee of the Democratic Party as their next presidential candidate. It seems so unavoidable that the candidate is not even bothering to talk to the press, or for that matter, the American people. Why talk to anyone when you can spend that valuable time measuring the drapes for the Lincoln bedroom? But is Hillary really all that inevitable?
A few years back a candidate announced that he was running for Governor of New York. There were all sorts of assumptions about who the next Governor was going to be and there were some pretty formidable candidates already in the field. At some late date, a new name entered the race and I remember thinking at the time that this candidate must be crazy for throwing his hat into an already overcrowded ring. There was absolutely no possibility of this candidate gaining any traction with voters–and besides, there wasn’t enough time left for a viable candidacy to reach the hearts and minds of the huge New York electorate. I remember wondering who this man was, this deluded, confused Democrat who would put all his effort into an apparently Quixotic campaign?
A few months later, the answer came in the form of his resounding victory in the Gubernatorial elections. That sad Don Quixote had moved swiftly past the other more well-known contenders, and won the New York. His name was Hugh Carey.
And I never again assumed anyone was unelectable. Hillary may seem like the next president, but there are many months until election day. The next president may be someone we haven’t heard from yet. Someone by the name of Don  Quixote.

A SPECIAL NOTE: I am about to begin a Kickstarter campaign and I would like to ask anyone who’s interested in this blog, WASHINGTONSPECTACLE.COM to participate. The campaign begins June 1, 2015 and it’s called “Help Me Write a New Novel–And Then Give it Away FREE (FOREVER). I am going to write a 500 page novel called “Magic Blue City” about “swinging” Miami Beach of the 1960s and with the help of Kickstarter supporters I’ll be able to distribute the ebook without cost for the life of the book. This has never been done before. Be a modern day Medici and support the writing of an original novel by a veteran novelist and journalist. Please check out the Kickstarter campaign when it appears next week and support me if you can. My other 8 novels are for sale at Amazon as we speak!