Buying a Bigger Club

  As Russia infiltrates our online infrastructure and as China quietly buys up the Third World, America seeks to achieve invulnerability by creating a massive military force. That’s like a cave man shaping a bigger club to protect himself from nerve gas. These are complicated times, and a military budget nearing a trillion dollars won’t […]
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Serving the Afflicted

  If those kidnapped refugee children are ever reunited with their parents, it won’t be because of Ice Queen Kirstjen Nielsen (photo) or heartless apparatchik Alex Azar . It will be groups like Catholic Charities we have to thank. These privately funded groups – and an army of volunteers – are working day and night behind […]
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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 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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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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The Art of the Lie

  If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. If you didn’t know that quote came from Joseph Goebbels, you might think it originated with Donald Trump. He is using time tested principles developed by Freud’s son, Edward Bernays, and refined by Hitler’s propagandists, to […]
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What a Poppy Show!

  Do you think Trump reads my blogs? I know, I know, he doesn’t read,  he just watches Fox News. But he is doing what I suggested a while back. He’s talking amicably with Kim Jong-un instead of hurling insults and threats at North Korea’s Dear Leader. Of course, he is doing it all wrong. […]
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What Now in World Trade?

  Trump’s tariff war on America’s longtime trading partners leaves the global market in a state of flux. What do you think will happen now? There is retaliation of course, and there will probably be escalation. And…? Trump’s position seems to be that America is such a great consumer market that other countries must accept […]
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Why Don’t I Just Leave?

  A reader (using the pseudonym of “Chris”) wants to know why I don’t just go back where I came from instead of staying to criticize America. It’s a refrain often heard today as xenophobia sweeps this ailing nation. And it deserves an answer. The short answer, in my case, is that I think the […]
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