Wallowing in the Mud

  Just as I thought the current campaign season had hit rock bottom, the lead item in today’s Yahoo News demonstrated that it could sink to even sleazier depths. In a season that has produced a record number of obscenities, personal insults and even physical violence, I was not surprised to read scandal-sheet “revelations” about […]
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The Sad, Sleazy Truth

  I know it was the National Enquirer, so I guess we have to take it with a grain or two of salt, but I still found it shocking. I was standing in line at the supermarket when I saw the headline – Ted Cruz is some kind of stud who has had extramarital affairs with at least […]
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North Carolina’s Shame

My brother Peter called yesterday to wish me a belated happy birthday and, as usual, we chatted on the phone for quite a while. He lives in North Carolina and loves it. Indeed, he waxed quite lyrical about the spring there – the blue sky, trees sprouting little buds, flowers blossoming and so on. He did […]
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Dealing with Cuba

  For the past half century, America has been Cuba’s enemy, punishing the island’s people for the sins of its leaders. But, with typical common sense and compassion, President Obama is ending the long blockade at last. When he arrives in Havana tomorrow, he will usher in a new day for the island’s 11 million people – […]
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But Who Will Stop Cruz?

  As the “Stop Trump” movement gathers steam, the Republican establishment is looking at Ted Cruz as a likely standard bearer in November’s presidential contest. Ted Cruz!!! These are frightening times, indeed. When one of America’s major parties is obliged to rally behind Ted Cruz to keep Donald Trump from winning their nomination, this country is in […]
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An Empty Gesture

  By nominating Merrick Garland to succeed the late Justice Antonin Scalia, President Obama put Republicans on the spot politically but missed an opportunity to fire up the Democratic base going into November’s general election. Judge Garland seems to be a decent man and a good judge. But he is not by anyone’s definition “progressive.” In […]
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Where is Tiger?

  I bet you thought I would be pontificating on last night’s primary results this morning. But I’ve said about all I can think of when it comes to poltics. The people have spoken. And the people want Trump and Hillary to duke it out.  The rest is sound and fury, signifying nothing. What concerns me […]
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The Mosaic Unravels

America is a miracle, a grand mosaic woven from disparate threads, patterned on such noble ideals as personal liberty, equal opportunity and one law for all. But those ideals are aspirations rather than actuality. There have always been tacit exceptions. White privilege. Male dominance. Special consideration for the rich and famous. And as some exceptions have diminished, others have become more […]
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Civil Disobedience

  American politics has become so volatile that there is danger of violent confrontations between rival factions, and I think it’s time to step back and take a look down the road before we find we’ve gone too far. Violence in American politics is not new. Remember the protests against the Vietnam War? The flag […]
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America’s Shame

  As I watched the melee at Donald Trump’s canceled rally last night, I wondered what the rest of the world must think of America when such scenes are projected on their TV screens. I’m sure it doesn’t make them think of America as “great.” “The ugly American” is already a stock character in European cultural lore and […]
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