It happens every four years. Though we largely take it for granted, the regular occurrence of the U.S. presidential inauguration ceremony serves as a reliable indicator of our devotion to democratic elections and the orderly and peaceful transfer of power. Just as importantly, it also serves as an example for the rest of the world. However, with a president who so freely talks about rejecting the upcoming presidential election results (unless they go his way), we should all be concerned this great American tradition is not as inevitable as we once thought. As we proceed toward Inauguration Day on January…


Call me what you will. An anti-Trump zealot. A victim of Trump Derangement Syndrome. A Deep State aficionado. The truth is I am not a fan of President Donald Trump. And what I have come to dislike most about the Trump presidency has been his anti-immigration stance, particularly in regard to Mexican and Central American undocumented immigrants. He has cruelly used them as props in a campaign to convince his base that white America is under siege. This odious campaign has relied on name calling and clever dog whistle references to keep his America First campaign fires burning. …


As a life-long student of American history, I never thought our country would someday have to rely on Hollywood icon Leonardo DiCaprio to help set the historical record straight. DiCaprio, who actually happens to be a history buff, served as executive producer for the History Channel’s six-hour series Grant, which premiered in late May and is currently available via online streaming. In doing so, he has contributed to giving a wide swath of Americans a different perspective on Ulysses S. Grant, one of the most important and misunderstood figures in our nation’s history. With the current wave of Black Lives…


The COVID-19 lockdown has resulted in Americans spending an inordinate amount of time binge watching shows on sites like HBO, Netflix, Amazon and Hulu.

During this time I have certainly spent my share of time catching up on old episodes of HBO’s The Wire, plus viewing new installments of Netflix’s Ozark and Fauda. However, I want to justify my time on the couch by suggesting some of these episodes offer more than just entertainment. They also offer a degree of insight regarding such complex matters as the war on drugs, big city corruption, and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

But there is…


“The kings are sheltering in place. Long live the king!”

Sit down, fellow villagers and listen to my tale of kings, one in which King Donald of Mar a Lago took full advantage of the COVID 19 plague to come out on top as not only the most powerful king in the land, but also a most generous one.

The tale begins as such…

Once upon a time in the land of democracy — in the days before the plague — there co-existed two kings. Yes, kings in a democracy are as rare as spotted unicorns, but these particular sovereigns…


By Steve Rodriguez

I recently imagined a sad, pathetic scene…President Donald Trump spending a rare weekend at the White House, all alone in the Oval Office, wallowing in misery as he repeatedly mouthed the words “Alexa, play the Beach Boy’s song “I Just Wasn’t Made for These Times.” Now, I’m not sure if Donald Trump owns an Amazon Alexa (probably not, since Jeff Bezos — as owner of the Washington Post — is considered a Trump arch enemy), but if he did, playing that sad lament of a song would make perfect sense, for I believe Donald Trump is serving…

Steve Rodriguez

I am a retired high school English teacher, as well as a retired Marine Corps officer. My opinion pieces have recently appeared in the Times of San Diego.

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