A flawed candidate beat an equally flawed opponent last night. We shall see what he does with it. It was a remarkable feat given his limited qualifications, his temperament and his lack of traditional political organization or approach. But then again, he ran against a woman who carried significant political baggage at a time when […]
It is rather the same thing that is happening to the English language. It becomes ugly and inaccurate because our thoughts are foolish, but the slovenliness of our language makes it easier for us to have foolish thoughts. George Orwell I should like to suggest something in this brief essay that might come as a […]
So who is this “establishment” being talked about by all the angry folks out there. Apparently, the establishment is Mitt Romney. But then, Mr. Romney isn’t even in government. Does that really count? Paul Ryan and Marco Rubio are now apparently the establishment. That is a bit odd. Both were Tea Party favorites only a […]
Sean Hannity, Patrick Buchanan, Bill O-Reilly, Jeff Sessions, Ann Coulter, etc…
What do they all have in common?
They are no longer conservatives.
Maybe they never really were.
William F. Buckley Jr. once said that the ability to make distinctions is the key to purposive thought.
How very odd to watch these icons of “conservatism” […]
I had the opportunity recently to watch again the magnificent documentary on the Civil War produced by Ken Burns (hard to believe) more than a generation ago.
The series captures with power and clarity […]
Really Troy? You are actually comparing deflated footballs to an alleged scheme to injure or take out other players?
You are actually comparing the New England Patriots deflate-gate issue to the worst scandals in sports. Just for the record, […]
Two generations ago, back when Gamal Abdel Nasser stirred the hearts of third world nationalists all over the globe, there was a term that gained widespread currency: Pan Arabism.
Pan Arabism was the idea the […]
The Donald Sterling issue is only the latest example of how symbolism over substance is distorting the national conversation about race, class, and economic reality. We have gone from caring about substance to caring about appearances – to such […]
Officer J.D. Tippit
This is part II of my thoughts on JFK and his assassination, with the 50th anniversary of the president’s death only recently passed. Certainly, and regrettably, the conspiracy folks had their day in the sun…again.
I have indicated that I […]