Because of what came later -- Donald Trump's refusal to say whether he'd accept the results of the election -- Hillary Clinton's similar, if somewhat less incendiary, remark about our system's legitimacy went nearly unnoticed.
Right out of the box, responding to a query from Chris Wallace about the Supreme Court (and let me add my voice to the ...Read more
It's been nearly a week since the Access Hollywood tape helped to persuade key parts of the nation that Donald Trump might have a character problem. "Would you vote for a sexual predator?" asked New York Magazine. "Donald Trump Versus Hillary Clinton: Choose Your Sexual Predator" headlined The Federalist.
Yet, while rumors are flying that other...Read more
"He that will not work shall not eat (except by sickness he be disabled). For the labors of 30 or 40 honest and industrious men shall not be consumed to maintain 150 idle loiterers." -- John Smith, 1609
One out of 6 prime-working-age adult males in the United States is not temporarily unemployed, or "between jobs," or "looking for work." No, a ...Read more
Donald Trump, always the hero of his own tales, closed out the first presidential debate with a tribute to his own courtesy and high-mindedness: "I was going to say something extremely rough to Hillary, to her family," he said. "And I said to myself, I can't do it. I just can't do it. It's inappropriate, it's not nice. But she's spent hundreds ...Read more
This election year makes a mockery of past complaints about the "lesser of two evils." That cliche has been trotted out in every election of my lifetime. In every previous contest, though, the choice was not between evils. It was often between flawed candidates (think George W. Bush) and bad candidates (e.g., Al Gore or John Kerry).
This year's...Read more
There may be valid criticisms of the Trump (Ivanka as much as Donald) child care proposal, but The New York Times and the Huffington Post did not find them.
As is always the case with new proposed social spending, The New York Times chides the United States for being so very retrograde: "Within the Organization for Economic Cooperation and ...Read more
My old friends Dennis Prager, Bill Bennett and Rush Limbaugh, among many others, seem to have made a transition. It's not enough to vote for Trump. No, even reluctant supporters must now talk themselves into believing that conservative "principles" require a vote for Trump. Like John C. Calhoun, who discovered that slavery was not only ...Read more
In "Fiddler on the Roof," the milkman Tevye imagines what life could be like in "If I Were a Rich Man." Among the shrewder lyrics is the insight that "the most important men in town will come to fawn on me" and pose questions that would "cross a rabbi's eyes." Why? Because "when you're rich, they think you really know."
One cannot guess how ...Read more
The Starseeker GambitMr. Robert E. Birnschein
The starship Eagle is part of a slowly growing interstellar fleet tasked with searching nearby star systems to find a suitable life-supporting planet for a burgeoning humanity to colonize. Crewed by daring civilian explorers and planetary scientists the ship has crossed hundreds of light ...
Terry McAuliffe is a Hillary Clinton pal. He fronted $1.3 million for her house in Chappaqua, New York. We should all have such friends. Thanks to the Republicans who shut down the government in 2013, McAuliffe is now the governor of Virginia, a swing state, and thus in a position to help Clinton get another house -- on Pennsylvania Avenue.
In the nanosecond between Donald Trump's foot-in-mouth moments this week, just before he made headlines by announcing changes in the topless blender that is his senior staff, he gave what many consider to be the finest speech of the campaign. CBS' Major Garrett tweeted "Having been listening since august 2015, objectively best drafted & best ...Read more
We know that America is feeling like a cancer patient at the moment. Doctors explain that there are only two options: amputate a limb or go through chemotherapy, which might save the limb, but also might kill us. We shuffle around in a daze, scarcely believing that there are no good exits from this house of mirrors.
So, in the spirit of ...Read more
About 14 months ago, American politics began to resemble a B-level Washington, D.C. novel. A former secretary of state was revealed to have endangered U.S. secrets and possibly sold aspects of U.S. foreign policy to the highest bidder. Will she face indictment? No. But the FBI director acknowledges that the only way she could possibly get around...Read more
Where does a true patriot turn in the 2016 presidential election? The Democratic Party's national convention is attempting to lay claim to the patriot mantle. Yet the party is not quite there. Former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta was heckled with chants of "no more war." The Code Pink wing lost the nomination this year, but it won the platform ...Read more