Making America “Great”

  Trump’s America is fantastic. Jobs aplenty. A soaring stock market. Freedom from red tape. Hardly any taxes. ISIS on the run. Even “clean coal”! And he’s just getting started. Coming soon: brand new roads and bridges, global domination, bipartisan legislation, impregnable military might, incredible trade deals… and more. (He didn’t mention a chicken in […]
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The Remaking of America

  I believe the government shutdown is part of a revolution currently underway in America. As it progresses, the revolution may or may not be accompanied by violence but – if it succeeds –  it will bring radical change. The pundits I listened to late into the night seemed unaware of this threat. They blamed the Trump regime’s […]
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Feeling the Contempt

  I can understand why CNN’s Anderson Cooper (lower photo)  had to fight back tears as he defended Haiti after Trump (top photo) described it as a “s—hole country.” Haiti has been through more than its share of horrors and deserves sympathy not contempt. But Trump’s disdain is not restricted to Haiti. He included El Salvador […]
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The Immigration Morass

  You might be surprised when you hear Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz vowing to close America’s borders and get tough with “illegal immigrants.” After all, both are sons of Cuban immigrants. (Ted Cruz is half-Cuban; his mother was Anglo. Both of Rubio’s parents came from Cuba.) But neither Cruz nor Rubio represents the majority […]
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Living in a Bubble

I stand in the garden, propping myself up with the cane Sandra bought me, looking up at the China-blue sky screened by the lacy leaves of centuries-old oak trees, contemplating the statue of the Virgin Mary that my mother wrapped in a “crocus bag” and placed in the back seat of my car shortly before […]
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Shouldn’t Mercy Temper Justice?

In the news this morning: HOUSTON (AP) — The White House promised an appeal Tuesday after a federal judge in Texas temporarily blocked President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration and gave a coalition of 26 states time to pursue a lawsuit aiming to permanently stop the orders. So, once again, the conservative minority in […]
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A Bold Act of Kindness

  He said he would and he will. President Obama is keeping his promise to America’s undocumented immigrants. With a stroke of his pen, he is brightening the lives of some 5 million men, women and children who have been living in constant fear of deportation. He announced the historic action last night in a […]
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He’s in. Bar the Door!

I once knew a lawyer who – when he was really, really drunk – bragged that he represented the Mafia. He said he helped get hundreds of millions of Mob dollars out of Cuba when Castro took over that country. He might have been just another imaginative blowhard. Or he could have been telling the truth. The […]
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When Children Invade

  Unaccompanied children are swarming into America across the Mexican border. They come from such impoverished  Latin America countries as Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador. U.S. authorities estimate the number of those children will total between 60,000 and 80,000 this year, and the surge has prompted federal authorities to turn three military bases into shelters. […]
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Skin-Deep Immigration Blues

America’s immigration policies are a mess. So many unfair distinctions exist that I couldn’t possibly discuss them all in a blog. Reform has been out of reach for decades, despite protests and proclamations, politicians’ promises and presidents’ speeches. Yet the main stumbling block is only skin deep. I read this morning that some Republican leaders concede […]
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