The archetypical American is the pioneer, lured into the deep forest. American culture has not allowed the gun to become a vestige, an appendix affixed to our civic body. The gun maintains its status as a talisman, an object imbued with magical powers, to protect the individual for whom it is made. But the L.A. Freeway is not the Oregon Trail, regardless of what Arnold Schwarzenegger, John Cena or Grand Theft Auto would have us imagine.Read More
With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in to bind up the nation’s wounds
In a constitutional framework that stressed governmental checks and balances, a president’s power to pardon was seen as a check on the judiciary. Over time, the original intent of the framers has devolved into a less honorable ‘get out of jail free card.’
In the history of the world, America has escaped colossal tragedy. Even 9/11 pales in comparison to the London blitz, the bombings of Dresden, Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the rape of Nanking, and the siege of Leningrad. The 300,000 U.S. deaths from Covid are tragic but need to be understood in a broad historical context.
The last known gladiatorial fight in Rome took place in 404 AD. A Monk named Telemachus is credited with helping bring the games to an end.
I am vexed by misuse of the “D-word,” that is, depression; particularly when it is used as a device to discredit and defame others or to advance a political viewpoint. Michelle Obama does not appear to be above such misapplication.
Because he was graduated from Law school as Juris Doctor, should I not be calling him Doctor rather than just plain Bill? So, I addressed him as Doctor. He chuckled and said, “c’mon man, what gives?”