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Constance McCutcheon

Cohen may get 4 years in prison for doing bidding of #RealDonaldTrump but Trump’s bidding is just “potentially” criminal behavior? What’s going on? “filings laid bare the most direct evidence to date linking Mr. Trump to potentially criminal conduct . . .”…

Have fun browsing my Web essays, novels, short stories, and plays. And feel free to use the Contact form below to send me your comments and suggestions for worthy subjects and new projects. I would be glad to hear from you. To start, may I suggest my latest . . .

Liberty, Equality, Fraternity

Though inalienable, universal, and probably self-evident, U.S. liberties today are based on workarounds that satisfy the power elite. In his speech celebrating the 100th anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s birth, Obama warned of strongman politics that “. . . seek to undermine every institution or norm that gives democracy meaning.” Before getting worked around yourself, perform this quick reality check.

Custodians of the Pie

Proud citizens of the most powerful democracy in history, we Americans grew a little smug, then got faked out. They still figure plump and posh in our minds, but our rights got dressed down to grunt status to serve the superrich a while ago. We just don’t seem to know it.

Relative Freedoms

Although the truth may be self-evident that people have inalienable rights, the rights themselves are anything but. Take, for example, the right protected by that pesky Second Amendement.

Facebook Fails Democracy

The man who wants to connect everyone on the planet, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, recently cut off the man who needs Zuckerberg’s social media tools most. Why? Because Putin told him to.

Seeking Shelter, a one-act play

On saving a vagrant woman from a mugging, Officer Rehm brings her to the police station for her own good. When he discovers the object of the attack, the woman’s extraordinary amulet, he asks the merchant who sold it to her to come in to verify the piece. A disturbing encounter ensues between the merchant and “his best customer” that convinces Rehm of one thing: he can’t let her keep it.

Footwork, a one-act play

Tyler, Chuntao, and their two children live with Tyler’s father to save the old man the expense of an assisted living facility. One busy day, Chuntao asks Tyler to take over her regular task of cutting his father’s toenails. Tyler returns from the unusual assignment irritated. His father’s feet have upset him.

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