I'll admit that I've been wishy-washy about this.
In May of 2017, shortly after Donald Trump fired FBI Director James Comey and spilled top-secret information to the Russians, I took to this space to chide his party for its silence in this monstrosity of a presidency and to demand action. "Impeach him now," I wrote.
By January of this year, my...Read more
Memo to the Republican Party:
You might want to stop messing with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
She's a freshman congresswoman with no significant legislative achievements, so it makes little sense that you spend so much time and energy on her. Besides, every time you do, you end up getting pantsed....Read more
And what will you say afterward, America?
That is not to encourage or even predict that there will be an "afterward" -- that is, that someone will use violence to silence Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar, one of the first two Muslim women in Congress. But it is to say the possibility is real. Especially given that Donald Trump is leading a lynch mob ...Read more
This is about Kyle Korver and that white lady on the plane.
The former is an NBA veteran, a sharp-shooting forward for the Utah Jazz. The latter edged past my seat on the way to her own on a crowded flight about two weeks back. A button on her shirt caught ...Read more
Baloney is not free.
That's important to keep in mind in an era that finds America wading hip deep in a cascading tide of bovine effluvium. This nonsense is not harmless, not trivial, not abstract. And it always exacts a cost.
If some of us ever knew that, they have apparently forgotten. As a result, we have become a nation awash in public ...Read more
With pre-emptive apologies to grammarians everywhere, today we ponder the following question:
Who is "we?"
That syntactic atrocity is prompted by a recent colloquy between Laura Ingraham of Fox "News" and former GOP operative Patrick Buchanan. They were talking on Ingraham's podcast about what they see as the impossibility of America absorbing...Read more
It felt, with apologies to Yogi Berra, like "deja vu all over again."
In July, after all, it will be 15 years since a skinny guy with an odd name sang a hymn to American union. "There is not a liberal America and a conservative America," then-Illinois state Sen. Barack Obama told the Democratic National Convention. "There is the United States ...Read more
Apparently, I am supposed to be embarrassed now.
That, at least, is my interpretation of a few strange tweets and emails that have come my way in the week since Attorney General William Barr issued his summary of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report on Donald Trump. One individual wrote: "I noticed that you've released your bite on Trump's ...Read more
"This is the price of freedom." -- Bill O'Reilly on the Las Vegas massacre
"Freedom to be afraid is all you won." -- Gil Scott-Heron from "Gun"
Originally, this was going to be a column about Sydney Aiello. She was 19 years old, a graduate of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High in Parkland, Florida, and she was buried Friday after committing suicide...Read more
"...t'was grace that brought me safe this far" -- from "Amazing Grace"
I've always had this thing about fire.
Maybe it came from that night as a boy when I saw flames towering out of a neighbor's house. Maybe it was something else.
All I know is, I've always had it. It's why I'm punctual about changing smoke alarm batteries, why I have fire ...Read more
People always seem surprised in moments like this. Always shocked.
But they have no right to be. After all, the road goes where the road goes. If you travel southbound U.S. 1 long enough, you are not surprised to end up in Key West. If you stay on northbound Interstate 5 long enough, you are not surprised to end up in Canada.
And if you ...Read more
If you think you're angry now, wait till you read the court documents.
Not that the summaries of a college cheating scandal so massive it briefly bumped Donald Trump from the "Breaking News" chyrons were not enough to make a nun cuss. Indeed, the story offered a perfect storm of outrage: the wealthy, well-known and well-connected gaming the ...Read more
So I go to my barber for a shave. While I'm waiting for her to finish the man ahead of me, this other guy and I get to talking about Donald Trump. He's no more a fan of the boy president than I am, and pretty soon, we've got the whole shop laughing as we rip Trump's idiocy.
My barber finishes her customer, and I take my seat in the chair. ...Read more
Should Fox "News" have a seat at the table?
Last week, the Democratic National Committee, citing a recent story in The New Yorker that painted the network as a propaganda machine for the Republican Party and its lamentable leader, said No. It ...Read more
I wrote the book on black fatherhood. Literally.
"Becoming Dad: Black Men and the Journey to Fatherhood" was a deep dive into the absence and uninvolvement of African-American fathers in the lives of their children. Like many observers, I inferred that absence and uninvolvement from statistics showing a decline in marriage among African ...Read more
George H.W. Bush did it.
So did Jimmy Carter, Gerald Ford and Herbert Hoover. It probably wasn't easy, yet they knew this was what the moment demanded and democracy required. So each of them took that ceremonial ride to the Capitol with the man who had defeated them, and then sat there politely as he took power that had been theirs.
Which ...Read more
"I don't want to hear about any of that freedom-of-the-press stuff."
That's what the cop is said to have told the reporter when he stopped her and demanded I.D. She says she gave it to him and told him she was working on a story. Whereupon, she says, he threatened to arrest her. Obviously, he was not overly concerned about that pesky First ...Read more
There's an old song that always comes to mind at times like this.
"I'm Gonna Make You Love Me" -- a 1968 hit for the Temptations and the Supremes -- is a litany of lavish promises: "Every minute, every hour, I'm gonna shower you with love and affection -- look out, it's coming in your direction. I'm gonna make you love me."
As boy meets girl ...Read more
"We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard." -- John F. Kennedy, 1962
This is a requiem for American vision.
That that quality has been lost is the unavoidable takeaway from three weeks of debate over the Green New Deal introduced in Congress by New York Rep. ...Read more
I keep hearing that I have an obligation to "bring us together."
That's something white people tell me all the time whenever I write something that cuts too close to some difficult racial truth. "Try to bring us together," lectures one. "Use your skills to try to bring us together," pleads another. "Why don't you journalists work to bring us ...Read more