Trumpism is merely the logical next step.

People express shock over the extreme popularity of Donald Trump’s campaign — one centered around psychologically- and physically- charged rhetorics of violence. Trump has, as we know, recently expressed hatred for all other countries and everyone accept the so-called “silent majority.” He and his followers are the perfect embodiment of the ideology bell hooks calls the (Heteronormative)Continue reading “Trumpism is merely the logical next step.”

Rhetoric, Code Switching, and Some Defenses of Hillary Rodham Clinton

During Democratic debates Hillary Rodham Clinton regularly interrupts and speaks over Bernie Sanders and the various moderators against official rules. This is not news, of course. However, this has been on my mind, as I try to understand what happened and look at it from various points of view. My latest thought is that if weContinue reading “Rhetoric, Code Switching, and Some Defenses of Hillary Rodham Clinton”

Donald Trump and the Future of Higher Education

Colleges and universities are always in various states of growth, transition, and uncertainty. Support from political leaders (and the people they theoretically represent) in the form of either tangible monetary support or positive rhetoric always ebbs and flows. Post-secondary institutions of learning enshrine creativity and thinking and are led by very highly-educated people – peopleContinue reading “Donald Trump and the Future of Higher Education”

The Difficulty of 2016 Politics That No One Talks About

Due to the extremely unusual (and important) nature of the upcoming presidential election, its candidates, the people, and the media, I keep having a strong desire to write blogs over all kinds of possible topics. (Yes, I know I should be dissertating!) I’ve started blogs addressing problems with various candidates running for the Democratic andContinue reading “The Difficulty of 2016 Politics That No One Talks About”

“Just making fun of the political system” (and other waiting room observations)

While waiting forever in a doctor’s office waiting room this morning (we’re talking four hours of waiting!), I got to hear some very interesting conversations while I was finishing Becoming Mexican American and preparing this study guide for my students. One of the first comments I heard was from a person in their 50s whoContinue reading ““Just making fun of the political system” (and other waiting room observations)”