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Terry H. Schwadron

Mar. 1, 2021

Somewhere between the decision to forgo any effective punishment to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for international murder and seeing the work to rehab the image of Donald Trump for ordering an attack on his own government, I hear alarm bells going off about the nature of justice and punishment.

It’s not just about how we carry out prosecution and punishment, it seems to be about whether we care about that sort of justice altogether. Just the week, we saw a raft of punishment-related issues that should have us scratching our collective heads.


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Terry H. Schwadron

Feb. 28, 2021

OK, the Senate procedures won’t allow consideration of the first minimum wage increase in 14 years in the coronavirus aid bill as a part of the arcane rules of “budget reconciliation,” based on the Senate’s nonpartisan parliamentarian’s study of what’s kosher. And the House approved the big aid bill early yesterday with the minimum wage hike included anyway.

But there’s nothing stopping this Senate from voting straight up and down on the question — other than the fear that the bill won’t pass, whether it calls for $15 an hour or $11 an hour…


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Terry H. Schwadron

Feb. 27, 2021

If we did not show daily that we need an Equality Act, maybe we could have stomached a congressional debate about extending the reach of legal discrimination protection to sexual orientation and gender identity.

But we’re not there, and this week’s display of rank scorn for those who would benefit should remind us that Civil Rights remains not only aspirational, but a practical code for guiding behavior. Aren’t we better Americans when we expand individual rights — or focused on more important issues as lawmakers than fighting over what school bathroom is the most…


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Terry H. Schwadron

Feb. 26, 2021

This week, immigration agents started moving migrant teens temporarily to a Texas tent facility that had been part of the Trump administration’s denounced holding tanks for children moved from parents and unaccompanied minors.

As you might imagine, that act has lit a match on the endless immigration debate, and, depending on political point of view, set off a conflagration between those immigration foes calling the move utter hypocrisy by the Joe Biden team and those who see the act as reopening the worst of his predecessor’s abuses — the prospect of kids including toddlers…


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Terry H. Schwadron

Feb. 25, 2021

We spent hundreds of millions of dollars and endless hours of talk, debate and generally insulting campaigns to elect a new president, even undergoing months afterwards of one side denying results, leading to an attack on the U.S. Capitol.

Where in all this was the decision to elect the winner to be Sen. Joe Manchin, D-WVa.?

Forget competing personalities, ideologies, even skills. What we effectively have wrought is that the decisions about whether we extend unemployment or try to save restaurants or pay to widen federal research into coronavirus mutations doesn’t sit in the…


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Terry H. Schwadron

Feb. 24, 2021

We got a good reminder yesterday that when senators insist vehemently about being non-partisan as they look into how the defense of the U.S. Capitol during the Jan. 6 insurrection, we should be ready for how the inevitable partisanship enters into the questions that get aired.

So, in fact, there was Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., inserting into his questions the distinct impression that insurrectionists actually were jolly Donald Trump supporters walking down Pennsylvania Avenue who were surprised to learn that some armored protesters up ahead had gotten out of hand — and probably not…


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Terry H. Schwadron

Feb. 23, 2021

Alas, Donald Trump won’t go away. So, neither will anti-Trumpism.

Ugh.

As we were learning that Trump actually could face New York criminal charges of tax fraud, the defeated Trump has signaled he will use the American Conservative Union’s invitation to speak at this weekend’s annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Orlando to lay out an early case that he is the presumptive Republican candidate for president in 2024 — and, of course, to call for virtual decapitation of anyone choosing to criticize him.

The real news, then, that despite sinking into legal…


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Terry H. Schwadron

Feb. 22, 2021

Stunningly, a year into coronavirus, we’ve reached 500,000 American deaths —and climbing, particularly since November.

That as many people as live in Miami, Atlanta, Omaha or Oakland, all gone in a single year, a disproportionate number of deaths — many avoidable — in the best medically equipped nation on the planet.

The marker is effectively reflected as accelerating graduated dots in a New York Times graphic.

It’s a moment that cannot pass without some solemn reflection, without thinking about personal loss and the effect on our nation and culture. The pandemic has shut our…


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Terry H. Schwadron

Feb. 21, 2021

If you don’t win at the ballot box, don’t bother rethinking your message. Instead, change the voting rules.

If there are fewer of Them, you win.

That’s the idea behind at least 165 proposals under consideration in 33 states so far this year that basically amount to a Republican state legislative campaign to block mail ballots and require onerous voter ID that will disproportionately strike Black, Brown and Democratic voters.

In the never-ending grind to Win Elections and pursue grievances, the Donald Trump “Stop the Steal” efforts have morphed into a series of attempts…


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Terry H. Schwadron

Feb. 20, 2021

On some level, Sen. Ted Cruz’s ridiculous vacation trip to a Cancun resort while Texans were left shivering, without power or water, was a gift to America.

Not only did we witness his obvious hypocrisy, we also saw vacuous attempts by Sean Hannity and other apologists to paper over the decision of a fellow traveler and we may have clocked permanent damage to Cruz’s hoped-for political future. Cruz overstepped a startlingly obvious right-wrong line.

But, like a football game, it was something that Americans can actually consume in a single, simple thought. …

Terry Schwadron

Journalist, musician, community volunteer

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