Bill C. Davis

Bill C. Davis

Bill C. Davis was a playwright, writer, actor, and political activist.  He has been a contributor to Common Dreams since 2001. Bill died on February 26, 2021, at age 69, after a battle with COVID-19. Bill's Broadway debut — “Mass Appeal,” earned two Tony nominations and became a staple of community theater. Bill wrote the screenplay for the 1984 film adaptation of "Mass Appeal," starring Jack Lemmon and Zeljko Ivanek. Bill's personal website is here.

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A mob supporting then-President Donald Trump and his lie that the 2020 election was "stolen" storm the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. on January 6, 2021. Views
Thursday, January 07, 2021
Up Against The Hard Break
Cable news is the default place to watch events, such as the January 6th, 2021 eruption in Washington DC. Apart from bearing witness to the human avalanche flooding the Capitol, we were also subjected to the cliches and shallow phrases being coined on the spot and then repeated by the next hired...
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US President Donald Trump speaks behind a table of fast-food during an event in honor of the 2018 Division I FCS National Champions: The North Dakota State Bison in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, DC on March 4, 2019. - A spread of french fries, "Chic-fil-A" sandwiches and "Big Macs" awaited the North Dakota State University Bison football team. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN / AFP) (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images) Views
Thursday, November 12, 2020
An Alternate National Food Mandate
Here is my National Mandate. Close all fast-food chains. Put orange cone roadblocks on all Dunkin' Donuts drive-thrus. Ban the sale of Coke and Pepsi. The war was not between those two Colas; it was a war against the human body. The masks mask the elephant in the room. No human being can make a...
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US President Donald Trump speaks after signing an executive order regarding Medicare at Sharon L. Morse Performing Arts Center October 3, 2019, in The Villages, Florida. (Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images) Views
Friday, October 04, 2019
A Criminal Trump, GOP Complicity, and Hitler's "Chimera of Conscience"
"I emancipate man from the humiliating chimera which is called conscience. Conscience, like education, mutilates man. I have the advantage of not being restrained by any considerations of a theoretical or moral nature." This from a speech in 1941 where the Soviet Union's Joseph Stalin ostensibly...
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Today is Walt Whitman's 200th birthday. A friend observed it's better he's not seeing what's happened to his country. Views
Saturday, June 01, 2019
Time Bombs: A Meditation on Walt Whitman’s 200th Birthday
Trickle down theory applies here. America has a death penalty. America has the largest military in the world and in history. America will not stand being crossed. These moments of spasm and orgy are threads in a cultural fabric. Americans have a right to be enraged because of being crossed or...
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Monday, September 24, 2018
On Catholic Boys, Kavanaugh, Women, and Belief
Having been one, and having been exposed to Catholic 17 year old young men in Our Lady of Lourdes high school, Dr. Ford’s account sounds accurate. As a writer, I was preternaturally inclined toward observing. Also, having been raised with two dynamic sisters I found myself, even then, horrified at...
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"It's a daily question - how did this happen?" (Photo: Screenshot) Views
Wednesday, July 18, 2018
Soft Targets: The Muddled and Anti-Intellectual American Brains That Made Election Meddling Possible
Putin asked an interviewer - “Do you think the Russian state could get into the minds of millions of Americans and affect how they will vote?” It’s brilliant he asked an "absurd" question he knew the answer to years ago. Yes. Trump voters were soft targets. Who knew there were so many of them?...
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Wednesday, July 04, 2018
A Kiss For the Coach – Jim Jordan on the Mat
We had a coach at the Catholic high school I attended – dead now, who treated the boys he coached and to whom he taught gym as if they were there for his pleasure. Hands everywhere – fingers in students' mouths and down pants. He would talk and say goofy things as he allowed his hands to do what he...
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Take his power away by not giving him the oxygen of any attention other than what is absolutely necessary.(Photo: AFP/Timothy A. Clary) Views
Wednesday, April 25, 2018
A Man Without Honor
As I watched and listened to Emmanuel Macron speak to the US congress while being an American in Paris at the moment, two words kept occurring to me: Fraternité and honor. Liberté/Liberty is shared by the mottos of the US and France. France has égalité/equality - and fraternité/brotherhood - to...
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The Jerry Springer Show Views
Sunday, February 11, 2018
The Worm Was in the Fruit
In the 1969 documentary The Sorrow and The Pity , a young German worker says about Germany prior to World War II: “The worm was in the fruit.” I was thinking about this here and now from a cultural perspective. What is/was the worm in America's sweet plum? For this government, and its voters, look...
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Thursday, November 10, 2016
In Paris, Yesterday's Date Looked Like This: 9/11/16
In Connecticut on Tuesday morning (11/8/16) I voted. That night I got on a plane to Paris and slept believing I would wake up the next day to learn that America had elected its first woman president. Two stunned, stricken women at the baggage carousel broke the news to me. All we could say together...
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