Tag: #elections

Let Them Get Hoisted by Their Own Petard

There was a moment in the 2016 election when many, many people — myself included — were convinced that there was no way that Hillary Clinton could lose the election. It happened sometime after the first debate. Clinton even did a little dance about it: There was no way that the Orange Man-Child could mount a comeback and win, right?…

Trying Not to Be a One-Issue Voter

When I first moved to Pennsylvania from Texas, a lot of the people I met up here were surprised to find out that I was a Republican. Several of them told me that they were surprised because I was Hispanic and, in their experience, people of color were not Republicans. Although I tried to tell them that I was closer…

Navigating the Political Seas

Imagine for a minute that you are a resident of Puerto Rico. If you were born there, then you are a citizen of the United States. However, your vote for President doesn’t count since Puerto Rico doesn’t have any votes in the Electoral College. Congress makes laws that affect you but you don’t have any representation there. A lot of…

Leaving the Science to the Voters

GMOs scare the hell out of people for some reason. I guess they’ve been watching too much science fiction, or something, because I really can’t explain the fear that a lot of people in a lot of places are exhibiting toward Genetically Modified Organisms. They think they’re mutants, or something. Yeah, okay, GMOs are sort of mutants, but they’re not…

Whaddaya know? My head didn’t explode.

Horror. Anger. Despair. My world was ending… All of those were feelings I felt when Netherlands eliminated Mexico in the last World Cup competition. Every four years for the longest time, I get my hopes up (way up) and follow Mexico’s qualification toward the World Cup. Every four years I think to myself that this is the year, that this…

One Thing I Promise You: Work

I’m in Atlanta for some training before heading out to Puerto Rico to chase me some Zika Virus. As an Uber driver took me to CDC this morning, we started talking about his life story. Mr. Mohammed arrived in the United States in 2000, escaping war in Sudan as a refugee. He told me that his oldest son came with…

The Political Fights You’ll Get Yourself Into

During the 2000 election, I had just recently moved to Pennsylvania from Texas. It is safe to say that a good 80% to 90% of the people I worked with were socially conservative. In essence, they were rooting for George W. Bush to win the election. As we all know, the election went on unresolved for days as Florida votes…

Indiana, That Bastion of Public Health

It’s not a secret that Donald Trump offered the Vice President nomination slot to John Kasich, telling Kasich that he would be the VP but be in charge of domestic policy and other things. In essence, Trump would be a figurehead, probably raking in the cash and other benefits of being in power while letting the VP do all the…

It Can’t Happen Here, Right?

When I was a kid, I remember my grandfather telling me with a lot of anger in his voice how the ruling party in Mexico would have fake legislative votes and then laugh when the opposition couldn’t muster enough support for their bills. “They just sit there and laugh, knowing that there is nothing that can be done to stop…

To Hillary Clinton, I’m Part of the Team

In a vacuum, if both presidential candidates had said/done/tweeted nothing up to this point, I would probably be leaning toward The Orange One. That’s because I am very tired of politicians. Yes, I acknowledge that politicians are necessary in government because not just anyone can do the job. You need someone who knows how to work the system and work…