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Author: John Pavlovitz

The purposeful effort to cripple our Postal System is a domestic attack on the Constitution

Growing up, I was fascinated by the “Dead Letter Office,” the room in the Post Office where undeliverable mail went; letters and packages without decipherable addresses and with no return address. I remember hearing about it and its stranded, homeless contents — and feeling sadness for all the disappointment and frustration it represented: a grandmother’s birthday card, a passionate love letter from a long-distance relationship, last-minute cash to avoid impending eviction, a good little child’s Christmas present from Santa — all lost in transit. I grieved for the interrupted connections because I knew that they represented so many unexpressed...

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What Hurts God? A for-profit false prophet

“A completely deranged Trump claims Joe Biden will ‘hurt God’ if elected president.” – Timothy Burke “He’s following the radical-left agenda: take away your guns, destroy your Second Amendment, no religion, no anything, hurt the Bible, hurt God.” – Donald Trump “Like so many people, my faith has been the bedrock foundation of my life: it’s provided me comfort in moments of loss and tragedy, it’s kept me grounded and humbled in times of triumph and joy. And in this moment of darkness for our country — of pain, of division, and of sickness for so many Americans —...

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Presidential Child Abuse: Trump uses extortion on parents in effort to prematurely re-open schools

The President wants schools open in the Fall and he is threatening to withhold funding to those that refuse, this while several states are seeing record numbers of new COVID-19 cases each day. This is medically irresponsible. It’s partisan politics of the most heinous variety. It’s extortion leveraging the most vulnerable among us. It’s also child abuse. Willfully endangering the welfare of a child is almost universally agreed upon as the greatest of human transgressions, and yet this is the certain crime of an Administration who want to forcefully send millions of children, teachers, administrators, and support staff into...

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The Sounds of Fear: Why terrified politicians are trying to silence American voters

These Republicans are telling you something right now, America. If you listen carefully, you can hear them. With every panicked and quivering move they are clearly testifying. They are confirming how frightened they are right now. There is no other logical conclusion to be reached. There is only one reason they cull down the polling sites for thousands of people, to only one. It’s the same reason they condemn voting by mail — after repeatedly voting by mail. The same reason they continually gerrymander themselves a more favorable playing field. The same reason they oppose paper ballots and absentee...

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Those who declare the value of “All Lives Matter” seem to have little regard for so much of it

ALL LIVES MATTER… until someone dies in an ICE detention center and “well, they should have come here legally. ALL LIVES MATTER… until you want a haircut and “COVID-19 only kills old people.” ALL LIVES MATTER… until your neighbor dies of an overdose and “addiction is a choice.” ALL LIVES MATTER… until you find out they are LGBTQ+ and “that’s against my religion.” “ALL LIVES MATTER” when it’s convenient for you, otherwise it sounds like a lie. – Author Unknown White friend, we need to talk. When I joined millions of people in loudly declaring that Black Lives Matter,...

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Protests can encourage imperiled people for a day, votes can save them for a lifetime

As I stood recently inside a glorious mass of humanity moving through the city streets with fists and signs and voices raised, I found my mind wandering. Even as I basked there in the radiant glow of disparate people assembling to celebrate black life and demand its defense, even as I joyfully gorged on the Tweets and photos streaming in from similar gatherings through the country, even as my tear-blurred eyes widened at the scale of the outpouring — I realized it could easily be for not, that it could all be a futile exercise. I looked around at...

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