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Category: Commentary

This is Who We Are

My first blog post was on Facebook in January 2017.  It was before Trump’s inauguration and like most progressives, I was doing my best to cope with the reality of […]

History Can Be Unpleasant

The terror attacks of 9/11 changed the lives of every American old enough to remember where they were at the exact moment they heard that an airplane had flown into […]

The Post

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of […]

So…..what’s up with Facebook?

I usually begin these posts with a historical event used to introduce the topic at hand.  But social media, and Facebook specifically, is relatively new and thus, I really have […]

What. Just. Happened?

On December 16, 1773, about 60 Bostonians, dressed as Native Americans climbed onto ships and proceeded to dump about $700,000 (in today’s currency) worth of British tea into the murky […]

Memos, Dossiers and Kompromat

I haven’t decided if this is a good or a bad soap opera.  In the 1980s, CBS aired Capitol, a thirty-minute daytime serial that revolved around two or three upper-middle-class political families […]

Making America Great Again

To the foreign observer, it might be hard to appreciate just how abnormal 2017 has been in America.  As a citizen, I assure you, there was not even a facade […]

Sex and Congress

Who remembers Anita Hill?  If you are my age, you likely remember a few details but millennials may need to rely on Google.  Perhaps the most overt ‘tell’ of where […]

Thanksgiving Eve Thoughts

My brother need not be idealized, or enlarged in death beyond what he was in life; to be remembered simply as a good and decent man, who saw wrong and […]