It’s 2020, get that jersey on.

A bunch of cool people, including the candidate, and yours truly, checking in with each other at the beginning of a phone banking session. What a great team!

Ok, so it’s the year 2020, and it’s less than 100 days until we either descend into years of fascism and chaos, or begin to regain our democracy. What will make the difference? What can little-old-me do? I’ve been sharing on social media, is it enough? Well…

Want the Orange Man’s tiny fingers off the nuclear codes? Want to survive covid? Want to survive climate change? Want to create even the merest possibility of racial truth and reconciliation at a societal level? Want to have some kind of sane healthcare system in America? …

<<05/01/2020: This article was written and published one year ago, and it is my most-shared article. While on some level it still makes sense to me (ideologically), the central theme of generational blame is one that I have had to move on from in my own life in order to move towards healthy and sustaining relationships. I leave it up, unedited, because it is still a nice piece of writing, and in the hope that it may illuminate part of our problem as a society, for those who read it.>>

I. To Whom it May Concern

Dear boomer, Dear conservative…

Drawing by Edna DeGraw

“I think what you’re groping for is that people need more than to be scolded, more than to be made to feel stupid and guilty. They need more than a vision of doom. They need a vision of the world and of themselves that inspires them.”

-Daniel Quinn, Ishmael


In our popular culture, and in our politics, we seem to have two modes of talking about the environment. We’ve been stuck in those two modes for at least 50 years. Mode 1: ignore it, everything’s fine. Mode 2: The sky is falling, we are all doomed.

Full disclosure: I…

(Disclaimer: the opinions herein are only my own, and though they are influenced by the campaign that I have been involved in, they do not reflect the opinion of any candidate, party, employer,, etc etc etc.)

I got asked the other day by a close pal: “Brad, how do I get plugged into politics right now?”

As someone who is only involved in electoral drama and mumbo-jumbo as of last year, this question seems pretty vital. The answer, as far as I can tell:

1. Show up on August 7 for the Primary.

2. Show up again on November…

Brad Baughman

Rustbelt musings on anything and everything

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