… to be an American ….

This was originally posted July 4, 2018. I repost it because I find it still very relevant. On this, our nation’s birthday, I have had numerous thoughts running through my mind as I compare the idea of America, as flawed as it may have historically been in its implementation, and what we currently confront with…

Thoughts on debate topics – immigration

This is the first of at least two separate posts on topics from the last two nights of debates As I listened on Wednesday to the first night of the Democratic Presidential Debate round 1, I felt as if the candidates were missing an important opportunity to reframe the discussion on immigration. By now it…

The comical myth of Abraham Lincoln Trump

If nothing else, Donald Trump is a one-of-a-kind occupant of the Oval Office. His jaw-dropping corruption, staggering incompetence, mind-numbing policy ignorance, puerile penchant for payback, and unprecedented deceit put the Trump presidency in a class by itself. Nevertheless, Trump’s courtiers, sycophants, and water-carriers have tried to elevate his leadership to a place among the greatest…

A higher patriotism

Just in time for the Fourth of July, Gallup released the results of its latest survey of patriotism. Its primary finding? For the first time in Gallup's 18-year history asking U.S. adults how proud they are to be Americans, fewer than a majority say they are “extremely proud.” Currently, 47% describe themselves this way, down…

Why, This Day, We Celebrate.

And celebrate we do! Picnics. Cookouts. Parties. Parades. Every level of government shuts down. No banking, mail, or garbage collection. Most working people have the day off. We set off more fireworks on this day than during the other 364 days of the year combined. This IS a big day in the United States of…