"This story," I said, "goes a little beyond quirky. Maybe kinky is the more appropriate word." I set the scene in the dark shadows of AIDS in mid-80s NYC.
Since Marx and Engels pinned the adjective "scientific" to socialism, we have toggled between the burden of Utopia and the urgency of fighting for justice.
Think the pain of a Trump presidency might be worth it in order to inflict a little punishment on Hillary? Not everyone can afford such arguments.
Trump is a man who consistently puts his profits over the prosperity of the people - imagine the kind of short-sighted policies he'll push for as president.
Tomorrow, Obama will visit Hiroshima, where the U.S. dropped the first atomic bomb. He should recommit to the goal of global nuclear disarmament.
In May 2008, 60 percent of Clinton supporters were willing to vote for Obama. This year, 72 percent of Sanders' voters say they'll back Clinton against Trump.
Having gains rolled back is a bitter experience. Personally, I'm tired of fighting for the same things again and again.
Hillary, if she is smart, will tip her hat and extend a hand to Bernie long before they meet in Philadelphia.
It will soon be time to face the reality of the two-party system; either the Republicans or the Democrats will win the presidency.
Politics as usual won't change things. It will take a wave election, a sweeping rebuke to the obstructionist Republican Congress, for anything to happen.