The Question Before Us

  So Trump has left no doubt about his loyalty to Putin and his disloyalty to America. Some are calling it treason. And Americans are left facing the most vital question of our time: What do we do now? What should we do? What can we do? What must we do? We must do something. […]
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The Case for Anger

  I believe in friendly debate, without rancor or personal animosity. But sometimes, the issues being debated become so personal that emotional involvement is unavoidable. I don’t see, for example, how you and I could unemotionally debate the failure of the current Congress to fulfill its obligation to the US Constitution. We would be discussing […]
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The Price of Liberty

When I see Trump and Putin together, my blood runs cold. The impossible becomes plausible.¬† Unthinkable horrors flood my imagination. What if… It seems most Americans accept democracy as a right guaranteed by some supernatural power. After all, doesn’t the Declaration of Independence say life liberty and the pursuit of happiness are “unalienable” gifts from […]
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The Blight of the Bots

  You might think social media is the salvation of democracy, but I think it’s a blight. As a former newspaper editor, I deplore the mob mentality I come across on web sites like Twitter and Facebook – and in those odious chat rooms Call me an elitist if it scratches your itch, but I […]
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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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A Dispiriting Picture

  I get weary when I read that Trump’s approval rating is consistently above 40 percent and Fox is number one among cable news channels. I am stunned when I learn 80 – even 90 – percent of Republicans think Trump is doing a great job. Who are the people responding to these polls? Who […]
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An Alternative to Violence?

  Fortunately, in the most vicious stand-off in America since the Civil War, I have noticed no sign of involvement by the violent Antifa movement. I deplore violence, even in the face of egregious atrocities. Mass violence achieves nothing good. It only creates more violence. And innocent bystanders are victimized. So when the base of […]
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Are We Trump’s Jews?

  The Nazis seized power by turning the Germans against the Jews. Trump seems to be targeting immigrants to seize power in America. As I”m sure you know, he is staging a theatrical show of force at the country’s border with Mexico. where “illegal immigrants” are being subjected to savage “zero tolerance” practices. This grotesque […]
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Royal Blood? Really?

  I suppose the love affair the media seem to be having with “royalty” is no more bizarre than the fan frenzy some performers inspire. But, personally, I cannot get my head around the idea that an individual with no unique physical, mental or spiritual assets should be set upon a throne and showered with […]
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When Women Roar

Was Rudyard Kipling right when he declared that “the female of the species is more deadly than the male”? As a famous female used to say, “You betcha!” Kipling cites examples among wild animals and he could have found even more in the insect population – black widow spiders, praying mantises and the like. He […]
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