Finding the Right Bush

As a young reporter, I traveled across Canada with the late, great Tommy Douglas, and I can still remember how stirring his speeches were. His rhetoric was richly illustrated by anecdotes, and one of the stories he told  came to mind this morning as i pondered the mess America is in. The story, as I […]
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Elections Have Consequences

  The protests against Donald Trump’s election victory are a waste of time. The protesters must realize that elections have consequences, and the way to influence those consequences is to vote. Democrats did not turn out, so they lost. Now, they will simply have to live with Trump’s racist, xenophobic, bigoted presidency. They probably will also have […]
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Curing America’s Sickness

  If this election has done nothing else, it has exposed America’s deep-rooted sickness. And perhaps in the long run, that will turn out to be a blessing. If the status quo had been maintained, the sickness might have festered beneath the surface and grown even more morbid – perhaps even fatal. Now that Trump […]
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Blasphemy in Politics

  Men and women far more learned than I have debated for centuries the idea of the “unforgivable sin.” According to the Gospels, if you commit blasphemy against the Holy Spirit, you will not be forgiven. But what does that kind of blasphemy entail? I think it might include deliberately misinterpreting God’s Word for political advantage. And that […]
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Give Us Your Scum?

Now I know what Americans – a significant number of them anyway – think of people like me. I’m hurt and I’m furious. I came to America with stars in my eyes. After the required five years as a landed immigrant, I stood in the Tampa Court House and swore allegiance to the flag of […]
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