Worse Problems than Trump

By |2020-08-20T19:01:51-04:00August 20th, 2020|Categories: Society|Tags: , , , , , |

Worse Problems than Trump Why a Changing Society is Republicans' Real Danger The American election draws closer; the hype is heightening, the pundits are predicting, anxiety amongst those desperate to see La Donald get gone ratchets ever upwards --  ah yes, The American Silly Season is upon us. Of course, given the antics of the Pinocchio in the Oval Office, one might suggest that the Silly Season started in 2016 and never ended. I think a plurality of Americans now know that DT will never be a real boy, will remain a [...]

America Great Again?

By |2020-07-13T22:47:35-04:00June 25th, 2020|Categories: Society|Tags: , , , , |

Make America Great Again? What does that mean? What should it mean? I see the hats, and I see the tee-shirts. I see the eager faces, mostly white, not young -- ‘make America Great Again”, the logos read as the people gather, COVID defiant, at Trump rallies.   I hear Paul Simon’s lines echoing in my head, “Where have you gone, Joe DiMaggio?  Our nation turns its lonely eyes to you.”  There should be tee-shirts that say ‘I want the 1950s back’.  These Trumpers sense that America is in decline,  -- 'the [...]

What Leadership Is

By |2020-08-02T12:48:08-04:00June 1st, 2020|Categories: Society|Tags: , , , , |

What Leadership Is From Lincoln to Trump During the height of the Civil War, cemetery construction was, of course, brisk. Some committee members charged with planning and location-finding for these proliferating grave sites approached Lincoln for some advice about a particular site. He said to them, "Put it where I can see it from the windows of my summer home. Thus, will I be reminded what my decisions cost." Can you imagine the Great Denier -- Donald Trump -- acting like the Great Emancipator? Two photographs of [...]

Educational Ironies

By |2020-04-24T17:22:29-04:00April 24th, 2020|Categories: Society|Tags: , , |

Educational Ironies From First to Worst? There is a strange disjunction in America.  The U.S. has absolutely the finest university system in the world, there is not even a serious disagreement about this judgment. But primary-secondary education in that country is a real state-by-state crap shoot.  Those with enough money insulate themselves from the vagaries of U.S. public education and their kids head on to those good post-secondaries. Perhaps it is about time we redistributed some of Harvard's $20 Billion endowment to K-12 education.  All those Ivy Leaguers must now bow down to a man elected [...]

Why Are You So Angry?

By |2020-05-03T10:54:08-04:00May 3rd, 2017|Categories: Society|Tags: , , , , |

I have an American friend – an estimable person in ever so many ways. A great companion, funny, lively, bright and loyal, the sort of man who’d always have your back if the chips were down. He is a devout Irish Catholic from a large family.  He attended Dayton University where he started all four years as a defensive back.  Now retired, he put in forty years with a small steel fabrication company that moved him to the Carolinas where he still lives with his lovely Canadian wife. My friend’s political stance perplexes me. His rage against [...]

Free & Fair Trade

By |2020-06-24T17:09:51-04:00May 1st, 2017|Categories: Society|Tags: , , |

Free trade and the global movement of goods and services have been under political attack from the left for quite a while.  Now these ‘socialists’ have been joined by America-Firsters and other ‘My Country, Everyone Else Be Damned’ groups on the Right.  These people, who agree on little else, sing from the same hymn book on free trade and the song they sing most often is the one about the flight of manufacturing jobs  from Frank in Toledo to Pedro in Mexico City or Pho Bang in Vietnam.  This refrain, conjuring up as it does an image [...]