Thu, 23 July 2015
How an officious airline counter employee taught me something important about Donald Trump and heroism.
Wed, 13 May 2015
Commuters sometimes take traffic delays personally. That is why 4 successive days of 4 hour delays, delays generated deliberately, have hurt Chris Christie more than any comparable scandal.
But the Governor has gone through a period of introspection. He may have discovered within himself a path to recovery.
Wed, 15 April 2015
Bobby Kennedy began as a law enforcement official who seemed unable to communicate with those on the other side of the poverty line. In five years, he became noted for his ability to transcend racial, economic, and class tensions.
His journey during those five years began with a program of listening and learning.
Half a century later, what can Hillary Clinton learn from his experience?
Mon, 2 March 2015
Fox News personalities were having a bit of fun with NBC anchor, Brian Williams, over his misleading stories about his wartime reporting experiences.
Then Bill O'Reilly's own inaccuracies came to light. Should O'Reilly resign? Should he take a leave of absence? Should Fox News fire him?
A Fox affiliate in Tampa Florida has a step by step guide ready and waiting to show Bill O'Reilly exactly how to handle the accusations.
Tue, 3 February 2015
When Mike Huckabee says that he can be friends with gay people.
Sounds good, enen if it is in the same sense that Jesus was friends with tax collectors who extorted far beyond the taxes they sent on to Rome.
He also groups gay sexuality in with swearing and visiting the corner bar after work. That could be a twenty first century way of restating the way the Apostle Paul grouped gay sexuality in with gossip and kids disobeying parents.
I don't agree that being gay equates with any violation of spiritual law, but I at least understand it.
But God doesn't like classical music? Or ballet? Seriously?
Mon, 19 January 2015
In every campaign in his political life, Mitt Romney has run on his resume.
In 2016, he will run on philosophical substance.
Mitt Romney can become President Romney. But he needs one more ingredient, the toughest campaign objective to achieve.
Tue, 6 January 2015
In many ways, 2010 was the precursor to 2014. Sharron Angle was the poster child for Republican extremism.
Hidden in the laughter on mainstream news shows was an unexamined self regard, an arrogance that helped add to public resentment.
It was not the main reason mainstream candidates lost that year, and four years later.
But it was a reason.
Mon, 8 December 2014
Chuck Todd's recent book offers a searing analysis of the Obama administration. The unwavering opposition of Republicans is already well documented. But Todd suggests that President Obama is also to blame for roadblocks to policies that would help the poor and middle class.
Todd worked hard, talking with hundreds of Washington insiders. He has been able convincingly to demonstrate insularity and isolation from the real world.
But not in the way anyone could have anticipated.
Tue, 11 November 2014
Fox News and the terrorist fist jab was unintentionally funny. The local Minneapolis television station and the secret gang signal became hilarious. The ethic itself is not always so humorous.
Take any accusation, rumor, or suspicion, and present it to a predominantly conservative audience as legitimate speculation. A large proportion of the public is led into a cocoon of comforting delusion.
Is Barack Obama really from Kenya?
Does Obamacare include death panels to decide when the elderly should die?
Is President Obama trying bring Ebola to the United States?
We report, you decide.
Mon, 3 November 2014
I have discovered, through introspection and my relationships with others, that most people have a low tolerance for injustice. When we encounter the unfairness of life, in little ways and great, humankind faces a great divide.
The hatred of injustice causes much of humanity to deny that it exists. Rationalization often involves more than simple inaction. Victims of injustice are sometimes victimized again in calloused attitudes. So we cheer for the giant who beats the little guy into submission.
But much of humanity recognizes the injustice that stares back at us. We know it exists. We know it is wrong. We know that subjecting the little guy to the mercies of the selfish and powerful is evil in motion.
That is why I am a Democrat.
That is why I will be voting today.
That is why I will be asking friends to vote.