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 appealingĀ 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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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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Now, America Must Choose Between Might and Right

It may have been the best political convention ever staged. Everything went right. Every point that could be made was made. Every button that could be pushed was pushed. The videos were powerful and perfectly crafted. The speakers were eloquent and persuasive. The crowd was fired up and ready to go. The president gave one […]
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Conventions are a Waste of Time – and Money

I watched the red, white and blue balloons showering down on delegates as the Republican convention in Tampa climaxed last week, and I wondered how much they cost. What a waste, I thought. How could they find the money for all those balloons when so many American children are going hungry? OK, so I am […]
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How Editors Indulge Their Biases Without Saying a Word

The editor of a newspaper is often described as a gatekeeper because part of the job is deciding what gets published and how. Today, as I picked up the local newspaper in Lakeland, Florida, I saw a glaring example of the ease with which this privilege can be abused. The Ledger is part of a […]
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Apathy Is America’s Greatest Enemy and McCain’s Greatest Ally

My wife Sandra and I watched transfixed as Hillary Clinton (photo below, right) gave a speech for the ages at the Democratic Party convention in Denver last night. MSNBC and CNN both televised the speech in its entirety, as they had done the previous night with Michelle Obama’s magnificent performance. I imagine Fox News did […]
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I Wonder… Could Democratic Convention Be Another Disaster?

I have an uneasy feeling about the Democratic Party convention. I realize that my fears are probably baseless, but this troubling picture looms at the edges of my mind… August is almost over, and the Democratic Party Convention is under way in Denver, Colorado. The mood is ugly, the delegates are on edge. Clinton supporters […]
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