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.

 

 

 

 

Dem Debate - "In the Room Where It Happens"

Dem Debate - “In the Room Where it Happens”- Hamilton The Democratic debate in Iowa, hosted by CNN was two days ago, a lifetime, I know, given our rapid-fire news cycles. But, before the Senate Impeachment proceedings occupy us entirely, there are things to say. Six candidates were on the stage: Tom Steyer, Elizabeth [more]

2020 Election: Money, Racism, Misogyny, Brutality

2020 Election: Money, Racism, Misogyny, Brutality Today, 1.13.2020, Cory Booker dropped out of the 2020 race. America lost out on Kamala Harris. And Julian Castro. The press is pointing out the ironies of a “big tent” party, a party that would like to back so-called “minorities” like Americans of African descent and Americans of Spanish descent and women [more]

John Katko Hearts Donald Trump

John Katko Hearts Donald Trump I told John Katko, my representative in the US House of Representatives for the 24th district in NYS through the Countable app, that I would (if I could) vote yes to impeach Donald Trump and, although I knew he wouldn’t vote to impeach, I really wanted to know why a person who claims the moral high ground would [more]

Iran from the Cheap Seats

Iran from the Cheap Seats Iran from the Cheap Seats When it comes to the situation in Iran all I can do is offer my view from the cheap seats. I am no Middle Eastern scholar. I find the history of America’s relationship with Iran so disheartening that reading about it just makes me feel angry at the country I love. We meddled, we [more]

January 2020 Book List

January 2020 Book List January 2020 Book List Book lists around Christmas and the New Year are not always typical in terms of content with regard to book lists from the rest of the year. This month you should look for the book lists that offer up the Best Books of 2019. Every site that reviews books usually has such a list. When you [more]

Dems - Progressive v Moderate

Dems - Progressive v Moderate Obviously everyone is freaked that Dems might run a Progressive in 2020 and dire predictions insist that choosing a moderate is the way to go. I will bow to the decision of the majority but I do believe that history disagrees. Progressives, never popular, have rescued America in several instances that threatened [more]

Planet Earth: A Bit Tragic Around the Edges

Planet Earth: A Bit Tragic Around the Edges Planet Earth: A Bit Tragic Around the Edges Australia Watching the fires in New South Wales is horrifying. We’ve been there and done that in California, but I haven’t seen people having to wait on beaches to be rescued, sans houses, sans cars, sans clothes, sans everything. I would be beside myself [more]

2020 - Grateful to Nonprofits in the Age of Trump

2020 - Grateful to Nonprofits in the Age of Trump It’s a new year and a new decade so it’s a time for hope and looking for positive signs that should buck us up in these fraught political times in the age of Trump. Sometimes it seems that no one loves you if, economically, you are not in the top 10%. We are constantly chastised for our lack of gumption and [more]