We are Being Played

We are being played. Politicians and interest groups are scripting our views and rhetoric. And, in the middle of this self-serving cacophony, the media plays along. Sex, violence and anger sell. The scripts are written by people who trade in emotion. They are in the...

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A Modest But Radical Proposal

This column is going to go radical in what seems to me to be a rather modest way. The United States is drowning in debt. And, the Congress and White House are adding to the debt at the rate of around $1 trillion dollars a year. Let me begin with the year-to-year...

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Scary Stuff

Thought is fragile—authority even more so.  If you defy thought’s first principle, thoughtfulness, the value of what one thinks decays quickly. Thoughts, ideas, plans are highly perishable. The wise test thought before asserting it and especially when the risks...

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Enough is Enough

Fortunately my exposure was brief. I don’t have TV at a cabin my wife and I enjoy in the Catskills. I did, however, read the news coverage of the debate times two in several electronic newspapers. I can’t help myself. Shrill voices punctuated a normally quiet early...

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The exuberance is still a vivid recollection. Joyfulness really! My wife and I were at the Jazz Standard in Manhattan listening to Monty Alexander for the first time. My recollection, it was 2001, who knew what was to come. And then there was that first concert in...

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Bring in the Clowns – Whoops They Are Here

Bring in the Clowns—Whoops They Are Here Trump sows dissent, it spreads. Farmers are envious.  Trump smiles and tweets. The dissenters lash out at Pelosi and then Biden. They miniaturize the sane. Where is Amy of Minnesota? Well she is at the end of the debate...

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The Big 3 and Nature

Americans are of two minds. Most revere the past and most eagerly participate in the future. We honor our heritage and fret about its decline.  I must admit some ambivalence about the future. I love Wikipedia, the instant communication options, and having done...

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Faith and Community

My wife and I spend a few weeks each year at a cabin on the Beaverkill River in the Catskills of New York. We are in our 22nd year and our cabin, in a quiet rural area, has given us a window on the changes we frequently read about. Overall, the beauty of the Catskills...

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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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