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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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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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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Betrayed by Minions

  When we the people elect minions to represent us, we get betrayed. It’s as simple as that. Devin Nunes for instance. Some misguided voters in California sent him to Congress. I guess they didn’t know he would turn out to be a Trump minion. The survival of our Republic depends on the independence of the three branches of […]
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The Truth about Abortion

  No doubt about it, abortion can be a grisly business. But it is a fact of life. Sometimes the mother’s health – even her life – is at risk. Sometimes the fetus is damaged beyond repair. Sometimes the pregnancy resulted from rape or incest. And sometimes a woman simply does not want to give […]
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When the System Works

  At a time like this, with dark clouds gathering almost everywhere I look, I am encouraged by some recent examples that America’s system of checks and balances is working. Federal courts have just blocked attempts by three Republican state legislatures – North Carolina, Wisconsin and Kansas – to keep minorities and the poor from voting. And […]
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A New Day for Women

  The oppression of women has many aspects. Some are obvious – lower pay than men, for example. But others are masked by centuries-old  cultural traditions – externally imposed standards of morality and demeanor, makeup, hair styles and attire, social interaction, even what they should eat and how they should eat it. How many times are little girls […]
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Yearning for a Dictator?

I predicted some time ago that the Republican Party would split into two disparate factions – Conservatives and Libertarians. The two groups are as incompatible as oil and water. But now the split has occurred, I’m confused. A third group has emerged to take over the party – the followers of Donald Trump. As the Conservatives […]
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In the Land of the Free

  Apparently emboldened by the success of their crusade to reverse women’s freedom of choice, red states across America are legislating restrictions that increasingly dictate individuals’ behavior – from how employees dress to who gets served at a restaurant. Ironically, the legislation is based on “religious freedom.” The most intense crusade today is against gays. One line of […]
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