Against the Grain

Kelly D Johnston
Insights & Analysis on politics, Congress, history, the media, and food policy, with civility.
Created 29 Jan 2021
  • Do We Need More Political Parties?
    11 Oct 2021 • 6 min read • 1 2
    You probably missed the story last week. Former Democratic Presidential candidate and, briefly, a frontrunner to replace outgoing New York Mayor Bill DeBlasio, Andrew Yang, officially left the Democra...
  • McAuliffe Won't Define CRT, Wrong About It Not Being Taught in Virginia
    08 Oct 2021 • 3 min read • 1 0
    Gov. Terry McAuliffe, meet Andrea Weiskopf. You said several times during your WAVY-TV Roundtable yesterday (Oct. 7th) that Critical Race Theory “is not taught in Virginia” and has never been taught i...
  • McConnell's Brilliant Move, Explained
    08 Oct 2021 • 4 min read • 2 0
    Some of my conservative friends will reflexively - and unthinkingly - attack me for this. But humor me. Read it. All of it. It should have been no surprise that Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell exper...
  • Harassing Senators? "Part of the Process." Criticizing School Board Members? Domestic Terrorism.
    06 Oct 2021 • 3 min read • 1 0
    We’ve seen more double standards from our political elite over the past two years than the past 20 or more combined. Examples: “Rules for Thee Not for Me” politicians like California Governor Gavin Ne...
  • Panicky Democrats Launch Dirty Tricks in Virginia
    03 Oct 2021 • 7 min read • 1 0
    Apparently, Democrats have determined to “trick or treat” early in the Commonwealth of Virginia this year. Not waiting until October 31 for Halloween, they didn’t even wait until October 1 to begin th...
  • "Alex, I'll Take 'Debt Gimmick' for $1 Trillion
    01 Oct 2021 • 10 min read • 1 1
    I’m waiting for a sane Democrat (oxymoron alert) to say that it’s “darkest before dawn.” It would at least add a little levity to the negotiations that resemble more a locker room brawl that is spilli...
  • Economic Illiterates on Parade
    29 Sep 2021 • 5 min read • 1 0
    The new Democratic “talking point” about their $3.5 trillion budget “reconciliation” is that it “costs zero dollars.” You read that correctly. From our avatar President’s Twitter feed: The last line t...
  • Youngkin Wins Final Debate
    29 Sep 2021 • 1 min read • 2 0
    Despite the “best” efforts of the Democrats’ retread gubernatorial candidate, New York native, Bill Clinton bag man, and corrupt Terry McAuliffe, Glenn Youngkin stayed focused on Virginia and won the ...
  • Journalism Bailout in $3.5 Trillion Budget Bill
    26 Sep 2021 • 6 min read • 1 0
    It’s not news that traditional newsrooms are shrinking across America. Some local newspapers have gone from daily to biweekly or less, if not out of business altogether. This, despite the rise of new ...
  • Is It Time for "Proportional Voting?"
    24 Sep 2021 • 6 min read • 1 0
    Canada’s federal election on Monday featured what they call a “first past the post” election - whoever gets the most votes in a “riding” (what they call parliamentary districts) wins the election, eve...
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