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Ruben Navarrett Jr / Politics

Parenting Demands Responsibility

SAN DIEGO -- Too many Americans refuse to take responsibility for their actions. Nothing is their fault. They never do anything wrong. They look for ways to excuse misbehavior and bad choices. When they make mistakes, they don't admit them. They ...

What the "E-Word" Means to Women

SAN DIEGO -- The other day, I found myself wanting the perspective of a woman about a brouhaha in Washington involving a U.S. senator and the former head of the Central Intelligence Agency. So I called up an old college friend who now leads one of...

Through the Immigration Looking Glass

SAN DIEGO -- With many issues, the more you study them, the more likely you are to understand them. But with the immigration debate, the closer you follow it, the more likely you are to go stark raving mad.

This probably suits the Obama ...

Lone Star Lunacy

SAN DIEGO -- Every state has its challenges. California has drought. Oklahoma has tornadoes. Colorado has forest fires.

And Texas has Dan Patrick. The Republican state senator intends to ride a wave of anti-Hispanic nativism straight to the ...

Standing On Principle

SAN DIEGO -- It's always great to be invited. But with Latinos, things don't get interesting until you're "uninvited." It has happened to me a few times.

Several years ago, I agreed to speak at the annual conference of the California Association ...

Keys to Mega-Success

SAN DIEGO -- At the height of the self-esteem movement of the 1970s, when parents and schools were busy trying to convince children they were unique and worthy of praise, the popular assumption was that the people who were most successful in life ...