Category Archives: 2016 presidential election

How Donald Trump poisons American society, weakens our values

By Robert Mann Families don’t usually fall apart suddenly. One day, a husband and wife are inseparable. Two years later, they realize they’ve become strangers, after their relationship gradually fell victim to a hundred minor offenses and omissions. Societies also … Continue reading

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Donald Trump’s ‘dreamy’ speech to the Louisiana Legislature

By Robert Mann I’m not sure if it was a nightmare or a premonition, but I dreamed recently that Donald Trump addressed the Louisiana Legislature. Here’s (vaguely) how it went: Members, thank you for your kind invitation to speak. You’ve … Continue reading

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Trump’s bigotry, fearmongering will make America weak again

By Robert Mann Maya Angelou once said, “When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time.” For years, Donald Trump showed us that he is a bigot. So why is anyone surprised when his policies match his … Continue reading

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Trump owes Putin, big league, and that makes him illegitimate

By Robert Mann Watching the president’s swearing-in every four years has always seemed like a civic duty. I have tuned into the broadcasts of 10 inaugurations since 1968. And I’ve attended two others (George H.W. Bush in 1989 and Barack … Continue reading

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Barack Obama’s amazing grace

By Robert Mann Among dozens of moments that define the historic, consequential presidency of Barack Obama was his moving eulogy of the Rev. Clementa Pinckney of Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C., in June 2015. Pinckney and eight … Continue reading

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Indivisible: Protecting progressivism in the Trump era

By Robert Mann During almost 20 years working in the U.S. Senate, I learned how simple acts — a phone call, a letter, a face-to-face conversation — can influence a member of Congress. When I worked in Sen. John Breaux’s Baton … Continue reading

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Let them hear your voices: How to contact your Louisiana U.S. senators & representatives

By Robert Mann As I write in my Times-Picayune | NOLA.com column this week, “preventing a racist plutocrat from reversing years of hard-won social and economic progress — or, worse, bumbling us into a war — won’t be easy, but … Continue reading

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