Just Following Orders

  Like  Adolf Eichmann, who tried to excuse his monstrous atrocities by saying he was “just following orders,” the border guards who are taking children away from their parents are committing a crime against humanity. If I were a border guard, I would resign rather than obey such a heinous order. But I  haven’t read […]
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As America Falls Apart

Things fall apart, the center cannot hold… William Butler Yeats could have been describing a vision of America’s impending future when he wrote “The Second Coming” back in 1919. These United States are drifting apart. We the people no longer share a common cause; we have become mesmerized by our own narrow self interest. As […]
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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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A Spreading Mob Culture

  I believe that a mobster occupies the highest post in the land. I believe that he reveals his mob roots with the tweets he writes, the lurid threats he utters, the lies he concocts and, especially, his administration’s brazen corruption And I see this culture spreading across America like a deadly infection. An all-too-obvious […]
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Ruling by Divine Right

  Long, long ago, some people argued that  kings derived their authority  from God and could not therefore be held accountable for their actions by any earthly authority. King Charles I of England was one of the true believers, and it got him beheaded. It’s hard to believe that in today’s America, this old fairy […]
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South China Sea Drama

  What is China up to now? Why risk armed conflict with America by militarizing the South China Sea? It seems surprisingly counter-productive. For decades the Chinese have stealthily bought up the globe. They have acquired  significant real estate assets in the US and Canada – even attempting to purchase entire communities. They have economically […]
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Like the Six Blind Men

As I read the comments on this blog, I am reminded of an Indian fable that describes the way six blind travelers perceive an elephant after stumbling upon different parts of the animal’s body. One fell against the elephant’s side and declared the creature was like a wall. Another got hold of its tusk and […]
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Tea Party’s Death Throes

  The Tea Party may be dead but its spirit lives on like the toxin in a scorpion’s stinger. And that poison has proven lethal enough to kill the Farm Bill, leaving Republican leaders in a quandary and Congress floundering helplessly. In voting down the bill, the Tea Party rump – now known as the […]
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