George Orwell isn’t amused…or is he?

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 […]

Donald Trump and our Cultural Dilemma

As the nomination of Donald Trump nears, it is enlightening to watch so-called “conservatives” twist themselves into all sorts of shapes to justify supporting him. Sean Hannity, whose lack of knowledge about conservative history has never ceased to astonish me, embarrassed himself (again) by attacking Senator Cruz recently because Cruz refused to answer a clearly […]

I Am Establishment

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 […]

Teflon Don and the politics of resentment

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” […]

Trump, Rubio and the Future of the Republic

trmp-rbYesterday, I went to the polls and voted for Marco Rubio. Despite his lackluster performance in several primaries and his inexperienced attempt to take on Donald Trump, I felt, like many others, that […]

150 Years Later: Lincoln and the End of the Civil War

cvlwrmvI 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 […]

Troy Aikman and the Problem of Sports

dfltdftblReally 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, […]

The Middle East Civil War: What Next?

mdlestcvlwrTwo 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 Politics of Symbolism

dnldstrlngThe 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 […]

JFK and Conspiracies

Officer J.D. Tippit

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 […]









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