Around the globe, rainbow flags fly at half-mast. Orlando was not so much of a wake-up call, but rather a reminder. First we mourn, then we act.
Mike "had the most fun when he was hanging out with his buddies ... and talking (loudly) about politics."
The xenophobic bloviator has already done some damage in Prince William County. Now he wants to be governor.
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.
This election is less a choice about personality than about direction, less about individuals than about movements.
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.
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.
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.