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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When Honor is Missing

  A nation is in trouble when its leaders lack personal integrity. No political system, however well designed, can survive if those responsible for maintaining it are dishonorable. So, when I read that a Supreme Court Justice was influenced by personal relationships, my faith in America’s future is shaken. Americans have come to expect – […]
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When Religion Rules

  America’s founding fathers realized how much damage well intended religions can do, so they took the trouble to separate church from state in their new democracy. No offense intended, folks, but religious organizations have probably done as much harm as good in this complicated world of ours. There’s much to applaud, for example, in […]
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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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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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Whose Land is it, Really?

I know I’m treading on dangerous ground today, but nagging questions have been buzzing in my head and I need your help in answering them. As I understand it, the Spanish stole Texas and California from the ancestors of the indigenous people who are now trying to swarm across America’s southern border. And America acquired […]
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A Lack of Common Sense

Remember Voltaire’s lament on the rarity of common sense? Don’t you think it’s even less common today than it was in his time? There’s a two-dimensional quality to political discourse, for example. Gun control is a case in point. The Founding Fathers gave us the right to arm ourselves as a bulwark against tyranny. But […]
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When “Rights” Collide

  I don’t imagine any reasonable person thinks it’s OK to settle a verbal dispute by violence. So when I exercise my First Amendment right, you don’t have the right to shoot me. That’s how I would sum up the gun control debate that’s sure to be revived in the aftermath of yesterday’s massacre in […]
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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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