Voting Results, Sore Losers and Patriotism

President Trump (DJT) did everything he could to berate President-elect Joe Biden—to create the impression he was not up to the job. Now he is doing his best to cause his supporters to believe Biden will be an illegitimate President. Polls show (while one can...

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And the Answer is … Alex Trebek

The mundane can, occasionally, focus your attention; and so it was this last Sunday evening. We, Americans, were once again paying attention to the stages of the transfer of government leadership. We had just experienced a bruising campaign for President under...

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A Trump Second Term

This is Donald J. Trump’s last campaign in which his name will appear on the ballot. Those voters who have supported him but disagree with his techniques (and there are many) need to maintain a distance if he wins a second term—an unshakable distance. An intense...

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Faces, Content and Leadership

It is noon on Wednesday. Trump has been lashing out, his conduct is revealing. He believes the path to victory is dicey; he isn’t in control.   It is now Thursday afternoon. The fog of politics (perhaps war) is less. Joe Biden is now by most news outlets...

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Post-Debate

This column was finished several days ago but held because of last night’s debate. Believing the debate offered no fresh insights, these are my pre- and post-debate views. Writing about politics is discouraging and unnerving. Unnerving, because we live in a time of...

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America Deserves Better

America deserves better. Donald Trump didn’t make America great. Nor have any of the hotheads on the Left or Right; they tear at American enlightenment.  E pluribus unum made America distinctive, aspirational and ultimately powerful. We all contribute or at least...

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Debate or Debacle

If something is obvious I note it and move on. Last night’s debate was a debacle. President Trump specializes in distraction. Last night’s performance was his specialty at work. There are no rotating spotlights in Trump’s world. Rules to the contrary are readily...

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A New Supreme Theme for the Election

Winston Churchill once insisted: “Take this pudding away—it has no theme.” The campaign for the Presidency now has a theme. Too bad. First, too bad because its origin resulted from death—a single death, Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Prior to the Justice’s death the theme...

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The Power of Wisdom

Montana really is different. It hides from the cities and offers up topographical majesty.  My wife and I had the recent good fortune of residing for a few days on working ranches. Our work, play if you prefer, was walking on slippery rocks in spring creeks fly...

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The Most Important Voter

“While differing widely in the various little bits we know, in our infinite ignorance we are all equal.”― Karl R. Popper   The setup is fairly simple. You are told by a job interviewer that a condition of getting a job you really want depends on getting the...

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Rage and Consequences

“Rage”, Bob Woodward’s new book, compiled in part from 17 interviews with President Donald Trump, is scheduled for release on September 15 and 1.3 million copies are being printed according to CNN. Woodward has always understood market timing. The book’s title comes...

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School or Not?

Debating school openings has become freighted by politics—both Party and union politics. Too bad. A strong nation would push back hard against the politicization of public education and health.  President Trump gets a large measure of the blame. He is looking for...

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Day One

Social distancing, let me begin, not the familiar six feet apart, but the social distance between the Midwest and the Coasts and why that makes a difference. Where I grew up, Donald Trump didn’t. Midwest ears are as attuned to his self-indulgent rhetoric as senior...

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What Price Covid?

Most politicians are specialists in concrete avoidance. They strive to sound like they know what they are talking about while using the language of avoidance. Ever wonder how our public debt reached $26.5 trillion given that virtually no elected official will admit to...

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Lessons from the Cemetery

The setting was a several centuries old Church yard on the southwestern edge of the Catskills. It was embedded with mankind’s lessons. I suspect there were peacemakers and hell-raisers resting side by side. My wife and I were back in Church, well sort of. The Church...

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LeBron James and Dynamics

“I know these kids basically more than they know themselves. I’ve walked the same streets, I’ve rode the same bikes on the streets they ride on, I went through the same emotions, the good, the bad, the adversity…..Everything they’re going through as kids I know and...

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It Is All So Predictable

News is now mostly thematic. If Trump is for it, I am against it. Or, if Trump is for it, I am for it or at least will find the good. Two of the nation’s most venerable newspaper are thematic. What journalism schools shaped their talent? And this disease of dogmatism...

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Social Distemper

E Pluribus Unum—Out of Many One. Check it out. It is the nation’s motto and is inscribed on the Great Seal of the United States. It was put forward by Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin and John Adams, among others. Or, check out a phrase used by Patrick Henry in his...

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