Welcome to The Arm Chair Observer

The Armchair Observer began when American politics caught my attention as more than just news. I became concerned that the roots of our democracy/republic were being destroyed and that one party, the Republican Party was suddenly determined to have its way at any cost. My blog begins in 2010, although I exported a few posts from a previous blog platform that no longer exists which go back as far as 2008. So in case anyone wants to look backward, here is some documentation of the past decade of our politics. I also decided to write about books as I read them, and occasionally, events from my life.

 

 

 

 

Civil War 2.0

Civil War 2.0 When the Civil War was won and the Confederacy surrendered, feelings of resentment ran high in former slave states. The fires may have been slowly banked after the war, but underneath all they still burned white hot and are still easily stirred to conflagration. A war that never really ended now confronts us once [more]

Mrs. Everything by Jennifer Weiner - Book

Mrs. Everything by Jennifer Weiner - Book Mrs. Everything by Jennifer Weiner is a sort of a “cover” of the classic book Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. This time there are only two girls in the Kaufman family who live in a little “Dick and Jane” house on Alhambra Street. They are named Jo (Josette) and Beth (Bethie) – the mom is Sarah and [more]

"Spanking" Social Media: Donald Calls a Summit

"Spanking" Social Media: Wrong President, Wrong Reasons A conference/investigation/summit is being convened at President Trump’s request Thursday afternoon, 7/11/19 to accuse social media of being biased against him and his peeps. This is patently ridiculous. Although there are a number of issues to discuss [more]

Blame the Stock Market for Economic Inequality

Blame the Stock Market for Economic Inequality Sometimes when you sit in the cheap seats, up in nosebleed territory, the world below seems far away and small. Although the individual actors may lose definition, the view offers compensations in terms of seeing overall patterns, movements and strategies. Watching the economy from the cheap seats is very [more]

2020 Citizenship Question: Wrong Time, Wrong Administration

2020 Citizenship Question: Wrong Time, Wrong Administration  2020 Census Citizenship Question: Wrong time, Wrong Administration As it turns out questions about citizenship have apparently been included on many census questionnaires throughout the decades, but it is not a mandated question, and sometimes it does not appear on a particular census. Deep in the [more]

July 4th 2019 - Celebrate or Mourn?

July 4th 2019 - Celebrate or Mourn? July 4, 2019 – Celebrate or Mourn Some of us want to celebrate July 4th this year as we do every year because it marks the birth of this nation we love. But we can’t. We think we may have to mourn the demise of the government our forefathers bequeathed us. We’re too sad to celebrate (although we do love [more]

July 2019 Book List

July 2019 Book List July 2019 Book List If you are a fan of real space travel, there is a list of books related to the Apollo 11 moon landing, which happened around the same time as Woodstock, 50 years ago this year. I also found both interesting fiction and nonfiction available in June, enough titles to make me wish I could read [more]

If Donald Wins in 2020 Blame the Mainstream Media

If Donald Wins in 2020 Blame the Mainstream Media Reading the reactions of pundits and press to two nights of Democratic Party debates should actually soothe Donald Trump’s anxieties. The press, especially the mainstream press along with a few temporary volunteers from the Conservative Party, is going to do Trump’s job for him. We are being whipped up into a [more]