I’m not a religious guy, but I have deep spiritual values. Nonetheless, I take my inspiration where I can find it, and one of the most inspiring (and one of my favorite) verses in the New Testament is this:
35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to…
Trillions of dollars of treasure. Used for our health, education economy, environment, infrastructure. Or not.
Instead, our blood and treasure were used in our quest for justice, for national pride, and, yes, to satisfy a President’s ego and feed the inflamed passions of his Republican followers.
What did they create?
Are We the Land of the Free?
Given the widespread lack of critical-thinking ability, and the equal lack of exposure to philosophical studies, Americans have virtually no ability to distinguish between significantly different ideas. “Freedom” and “license” are chief among these.
When liberty becomes license, dictatorship is near. …
Has America Lost its Mind?
There have been many stories about America’s dysfunctions: social (“culture wars”), political (Donald Trump), and economic (conflicts with China), but none have been explored with the frequency and intensity as our collective insanity in the face of Covid-19 and its variants du jour.
The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office has just filed charges against The Trump Organization and its Chief Financial Officer, Allen Weisselberg, for tax fraud and tax evasion. Not surprisingly, more charges are likely to be filed (when is another question). …
…Republicans will NEVER cooperate
President Joe Biden had a long and distinguished career in the United States Senate. Through both personal and national tragedies, Biden maintained a bipartisan, conciliatory approach towards some of the most intractable problems we have faced. As a life-long Democrat, he was loyal to his party’s…
….the only way to fight Voter Suppression
In his book, Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business, Professor Neil H. Postman argued that Americans are controlled by their addiction to entertainment rather than by state control and/or media control.
With his cries of “Fake News!”…
….a half-century memorial
Songs that made the Hit Parade,
Guys like us, we had it made,
Those were the days.
2. Didn’t need no welfare state,
Everybody pulled his weight,
Gee, our old LaSalle ran great,
Those were the days.
And you knew…
….and Why We Need to Root it Out Through a National Truth and Reconciliation Commission
Imagine: you are an inquisitive little boy, six years old. You ask a million questions. One question for which you haven’t received a meaningful answer is this:
“Daddy, why do White people treat us bad…
If something goes wrong with our free press, the country will go straight to hell. — I.F. Stone
Newspapers are gossip printed on the backs of advertisements. — Donald E. Koch
Arguably, the most important of Americans’ rights is embodied in the First Amendment, which includes the right to a…