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Getting into Wars Easier than Getting Out of Them

Why can’t we remember the lessons of getting in and out of wars? We’ve had a tough time getting out of other countries’ wars, and we still haven’t figured out how to do it effectively. One option is not getting involved in these hostilities in the first place, either as advisors or combatants, but that’s not the American way. It’s become even worse as we sink deeper into the War on Terrorism, which is really the enemy [...]

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By |2021-08-18T19:51:40+00:00August 18, 2021|Afghanistan, Biden, Evacuation, War|

Fascism and Racism Subvert Democratic Ideals

It takes vigilance for a democracy to detect seeds of sedition and treason. So how did we get here? How did we in America, the land of opportunity, get so screwed up about who’s right and who’s wrong after following a Pied Piper to the edge of a metaphorical river where some have already drowned? Others wait on the shore, testing the water, and vacillating. “Should we stay or should we go?” The Piper’s followers have already [...]

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By |2021-01-20T20:11:56+00:00January 20, 2021|Antebellum South, Fascism, Politics, Racism, Slavery|

Blame Game: “The Devil Made Us Do It!”

What starts with a big lie may have diabolical  consequences. I understand there were a lot of decent people gathered in Washington Wednesday at the urging of the President with an assurance that things were sure to get “wild.” This was supposed to be a protest of the final congressional confirmation of Joe Biden as President and the formal passing of the presidential baton. This movement has been based on a big lie since even before the [...]

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By |2021-01-10T03:13:46+00:00January 10, 2021|Antifa, Conspiracies, Extremism, Lying, Opinions, Terrorism, Traitors, Treason, Trump, Voter Fraud, Words|

For Some with Opinions, Ignorance Is Bliss

Everyone seems to have an opinion, but we all can’t be right. The only sin we never forgive is a difference of opinion. — Ralph Waldo Emerson I prefer not to respond to comments about my blog on Facebook, favorable or otherwise, because I’ve made my point and others can say what they want. Maybe we’ll all learn something. Getting caught up in a debate with someone who seems to be living in an alternate universe is [...]

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The Pros and Cons of Going to Extremes

Cautionary warnings about extremism continue to resonate as years fly by. —One of the advantages of having written hundreds of weekly newspaper columns over a span of 40 years for two different newspapers is an archives of your personal views over time. Some age well and some don’t.  Some are serious and some are silly, and few were completed without at least one attempt at humor. The following was written as a newspaper column more than five [...]

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By |2020-11-18T21:35:28+00:00November 18, 2020|American History, Campaign Rhetoric, Christians, Extremes, Immigrants, Muslims, Terrorism|

Election Lesson: United We Stand; Divided We’ll Fall

Wailing in the White House won’t help bring us together. I must confess I resisted following the blow-by-blow coverage of the presidential election, which required much of last week to project a winner. My attitude was just let me know when it is all over but the shouting. Well, the election part is over, anyway. As usual the shouting, better described as wailing, comes from a president who fears becoming something he detests above all things— a [...]

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Political Expediency Nurtures Racism, Hatred

Hatred of free blacks has kept white supremacy alive for 155 Years. There is no question that the history most of us were taught in school, including the generations that have followed mine, offered a rosier narrative of slavery than it deserved. Centuries of enslavement, mostly imposed on Africans abducted from their villages and families, converted an estimated 3.6 million men, women and children into property— more than half of them propping up a fairy tale plantation [...]

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When Patriotism Contorts into Nationalism

Calling all patriots who want America to be the best we can be. If you are looking for a concise definition of patriotism — a phrase that captures its general meaning— it would probably be “love of country.” There really is no simple definition of patriotism, because it is not so much about blind love as it is an affection for and allegiance to your country acquired over a lifetime. It is a love instilled and nurtured [...]

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By |2020-09-02T15:39:26+00:00September 2, 2020|1918, Baby Boomers, History, Hitler, Nationalism, Patriotism, Slavery, World War I, World War II|

How Fox Changed the Integrity of Our News

Keeping up with the virus on Fox News. I believe that the public journal is a public trust; that all connected with it are, to the full measure of their responsibility, trustees for the public; that the acceptance of a lesser service than public service is betrayal of this trust… I believe that a journalist should write only what he holds in his heart to be true. — Part of The Journalist’s Creed by Walter Williams (1914) [...]

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Are Conservatives and Liberals Really So Far Apart?

Far right and far left? Just far apart. Why do conservative Republicans see themselves as common-sense candidates, depicting those with so-called liberal views as “the radical left?” Why do liberal Democrats see themselves as more sensitive and caring, dismissing those with more conservative agendas as “the radical right?” The truth is that a conservative Republican is no further to the right than a liberal Democrat is to the left. The typical liberal Democrat and conservative Republican in [...]

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