Identity Politics

Identity politics! Let’s see, I am pro-choice or pro-life and therefore a Democrat or Republican. Unstated: I am willing to suspend disbelief as long as I identify with a candidate or a Party on a visceral level. And today, there is nothing more visceral than the...

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Can America Survive Congress

Charles Krauthammer, in a Washington Post OpEd, summarized a series of Executive Orders by President Obama which created law, unauthorized by Congress. (The Lawless Presidency, August 16, 2013). He then observed: “Yet this president is not only untroubled by what he’s...

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Game Show Politics

How would you like to be a contestant in a game show? Well, all you have to do is participate in the Presidential nomination contest to choose the Democrat, presumably to run against Donald Trump, himself boosted by a game show. As of now you are on the clock. There...

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Alternative Universe

Amazingly, a real estate developer, reality TV personality and propagandist has created an alternative universe. Must have been something broken. The setting: the White House. The big house is well known to older generations, but the 21st Century script and staging...

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Beyond Inconvenient Truths

With apologies to the phrase-maker, we should all spend some time with “inconvenient” truths. Truth #1: The nation’s balance sheet is overloaded with debt. We owe $65,600 per capita, up 512% since 1990. The wealthy can shoulder the burden, but what about everybody...

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Bees, Quail Disappear While Ticks Spread

The rabbit fit into the palm of my hand. It was stunned when I took it from the soft mouth of my Labrador Retriever; it invited rescue. I can recall other wild things that I have rescued, some reluctantly. Snakes lead the list. But this tiny bunny was right out of a...

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Are There Answers?

Easter week in my faith tradition—Christianity—is rich with questions and necessary introspection. Jesus Christ is tortured, crucified, and resurrected. Power, the human intoxicant prevailed, at least until “the stone was moved back.” A more intense human drama,...

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Does Choice Appeal to You?

Choice! It is simply hard to fathom a richly layered life without it. I can imagine some would enjoy always having to choose from no more than two alternatives, but not me. Indeed we have laws that lean hard against monopoly (a single provider), duopoly (two...

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Awaken to Woke

“Pride makes us artificial; humility makes us real.” Thomas Merton Or, to put it another way: camera on: artificial; camera off: possibility. At least possibility can yield to humility and the real self. We are now in the “Woke” era. Woke, in part, is defined as...

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AOC as Superwoman

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) is everywhere; it is as if she found a phone booth (doubt they exist anymore) and then reappeared as Superwoman. AOC seems to be the leading advocate for the Green New Deal, Medicare for All, and the provocateur who caused Amazon to...

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Creative Destruction

I was in the front row. The first act of a three-act play had begun. The newspaper industry was coming face-to-face with Craig’s List and other online classified services that were syphoning off crucial business. Realtors had begun to deploy three-dimensional ads, job...

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DOUBLE EXPRESSO ANYONE?

E Schultz is a registered Democrat and has supported many of the Party’s candidates over the years. In the 60 Minutes interview, specifically mentioning “Medicare for All,” a slogan increasingly used by Democrat candidates, he spoke of the Party’s abrupt turn to the...

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He Said, He Said

Email Political disputes are often so parochial that few follow them with any sustained interest. Perhaps that will be the fate of one that features two Talbot County Republicans, with excellent Party credentials, facing off. But, at least for now, it is reasonably...

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That Was The Week That Was

Email A mostly forgotten comedy show called That Was The Week That Was aired first on the BBC and then on NBC in the 1960s; it skewered the high and mighty. The title sums up my timeline. While many are writing end-of-the-year columns, I can’t escape the last week or...

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