Writer, cartoonist, and nonprofit pro. I have too many interests, but let’s focus on culture & politics. Bisexual, cis. He/him, please. | Twitter: @keeltyc.
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Republicans and the Right have successfully redefined the term to serve their ends. Refusing to adapt to that definition will only help them win.

In the wake of 2021’s very bad Election Day for Democrats, much talk has rightly focused on education as a wedge issue. In Virginia, particularly, schools and education were a cornerstone of Republican Glenn Younkin’s successful campaign against Democrat Terry McAuliffe. …

Trump will leave behind a crumbling national infrastructure, a White House bathtub ringed with bronzer, and a clear pathway for a more strategic successor.

Once all the votes are counted, two things will be true: One, the United States will have its greatest electoral turnout since 1900, potentially as high as ⅔ of eligible voters. And two, nearly half of those voters will have cast ballots for Donald J. Trump.

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They risked everything for the safety of their fellow Americans. Surely you can get a little shot.

It’s Veterans Day, and I am thinking about all the Americans who have served their country, risking or giving their lives to serve the interests of our nation. I’m thinking also of foreign nationals, like the thousands of Iraqi translators, who risked their safety to serve the U.S. …

Sometimes a haircut is more than just a haircut, and that’s fine.

Just a lot of scissors in a pile

For every queer person, coming out is a defining experience, not unlike a volcanic eruption. It is preceded by a slow build of pressure as we come to terms with our own identity and consider the potential ramifications of telling the people most important in our lives. Next comes the…

If Americans want to fight racism, we must stop lying to ourselves.

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There’s this phrase I’ve heard for most of my life, but especially in the last few years: “This is not who we are as Americans.”

I heard it after Trump won in 2016. I heard it when Nazis marched on Charlottesville, Virginia, and I’ve heard it a lot in the…

An open letter to incoming President Joe Biden

Dear Joe,

You won’t remember me, but we’ve met. It was 1993, and I was 14 and part of a group of high school students from Pennsylvania, New York, and Delaware who collectively drafted a clean water bill. Our sponsor was Harris Wofford (wish he were still with us to…

Christopher Keelty

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