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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Giving Liberals a Bad Name

  The bad behavior of protesters at both the Democratic and Republican conventions is a reminder of the reason “liberal” has – unfairly – become a bad word for so many Americans. To me, there’s nothing “liberal” about burning the American flag – or any country’s flag for that matter. It’s just disrespectful. And there’s nothing “liberal” […]
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America’s Sanity Test

  After watching both party conventions on TV, I am convinced that this election is a test of America’s sanity. The Republicans were frothing-at-the-mouth crazy, screaming for Hillary’s blood. The Democrats were emotionally appealing and intellectually compelling. Their convention was as warm and fuzzy as a Hallmark movie. But it was more than that. It was […]
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The Silence is Deafening

  I am bemused by the muted attention Donald Trump’s Russian connection is attracting. The media are more agog over emails by Democratic Party staffers suggesting they wanted Bernie Sanders to lose his primary bid. Surely, it’s more shocking that Russian hackers are meddling in America’s elections? As expected, the Russians deny they hacked the DNC computers, […]
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Yes, it’s a Great Country

  If you listen to Donald Trump, you might think America is a failed state that desperately needs to be rescued by a Mussolini-style dictator. But if you listened to Michelle Obama last night, you must have realized how wrong Trump is. This is an imperfect society. But it is a work in progress, not […]
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A Risky Bargain

  By choosing Tim Kaine as her running mate, Hillary Clinton drives away thousands of Bernie Sanders supporters but probably picks up some Republicans who cannot in good conscience vote for Donald Trump. It is a risky bargain. Obviously, Hillary thinks most Americans will choose stability over radical change in November. And I am sure she has the […]
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They Believe in Miracles

It’s very American to believe in miracles. But is it equally American to believe that Donald Trump is some kind of deity who is capable of performing miracles? Apparently, millions of Americans are prepared to believe it. And his convention speech last night did nothing to disillusion them. It was an absurd speech, but I […]
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Driven Mad by Hate

  The hate fest that the Republicans are holding in Cleveland is showcasing more than sheer venom. It is exposing a dangerous streak of insanity. When Ben Carson links Hillary to Lucifer (pictured at right), you know he has completely lost touch with reality. When that grotesque Chris Christie stages a kangaroo trial and the […]
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Tasteless and Shameful

  America’s dark side was on flagrant display during the opening day of the Republican Party’s convention.  Nothing was off limits. Not the tasteless exploitation of a bereaved – and misinformed – mother’s grief, not a grotesque demand to abandon civilized rules of engagement in battling America’s enemies, not the most outrageous lies. Incited by a motley crew bearing […]
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In a World on the Brink

  The attempted coup in Turkey is one more sign that the global balance of power is teetering, that one false step could plunge the world into Armageddon. At a time like this, you have to pray that Donald Trump does not become leader of the free world. If ever there was a bull in […]
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