"President Sanders, speaking from the White House yesterday, proposed/criticized/blamed ... "
Um, er, no -- not really. It's not going to happen. This Bernie thing -- the rise of Bernie, the magnetism of Bernie, the radiance that shines from his curly white locks -- is more overrated than a luxury vacation package to Wuhan.
Basically, that's ...Read more
One immense reason for our present political entanglements -- would it be OK to say "messes"? -- is the lately acquired political habit of addressing every possible human problem through politics.
For instance, with regard to women's rights, the Equal Rights Amendment.
We don't as a nation affirm female entitlement to opportunities long ...Read more
You could say, as I'm sure vast numbers have, that "Trump started it."
But he didn't, because he didn't have to. Vast numbers had done it for him, and President Donald Trump merely picked up where they had left off -- loud and brash, eyes intent on the image in the mirror: me, me, me.
Where Trump left off, if the present president can be said ...Read more
In any "stupidest" or "most worthless" contest, America can confidently put its money on the President Donald Trump impeachment mess.
What frivolity. What junk. What an irredeemable waste of valuable time.
Almost irredeemable. I should make that clear.
As Pliny the Elder, in Roman times, nicely put it, "there is no book so bad that ...Read more
In the middle of a muddle, there's minimal sense in predicting outcomes.
In other words, is the president's former national security advisor speeding the president toward removal from office? (I strongly doubt whether John Bolton's version of President Donald Trump's Ukrainian diplomacy -- so to call it-- will slow down the necessary process of...Read more
The essence of democracy is free speech, and the essence of free speech is assertion. For instance ...
1. Privately owned firearms should be confiscated.
2. Everybody should own a firearm.
3. No Republican's any good.
4. No Democrat's any good.
5. "The current president ... is a threat to democracy."
6. "House Democrats' novel theory of '...Read more
The best thing about Bernie -- need I explain, in the year of grace 2020, which Bernie? -- is how a frosty-haired old coot, old enough to have been a high school classmate of mine, fires up kids who never heard of our era's icons: Leo Durocher, say, or Robert Q. Lewis.
This happens, coincidentally, to be the worst thing about Bernie. A ...Read more
So. Another decade behind us, another in front.
Journalists love nothing more than the opportunity to gaze analytically in either direction. "Fills up the paper," we used to say, back when newspapers needed constant filling to complement the ads on which our business model rested.
The fun part was looking ahead; no reader could say to a jury ...Read more
Memorizing the Middle English of Geoffrey Chaucer -- as required in the senior English curriculum of long ago -- I found sheer repetition the ticket to success. "Whan that Aprille ... whan that Aprille...whan that Aprille ..." over and over and over. Then, finally, the achievement: command in some sense, however limited, of the tongue of another...Read more
Pretty much every American lacking a cemetery address understands the purpose of the rhetoric of the House Judiciary Committee's report this week on impeachment: "betrayed the nation," "threat to the Constitution," "engaged in a pattern of misconduct." And so on.
It is how prosecutors talk, knowing the need to throw the kitchen sink at the ...Read more
A history professor I once studied under tended to offer weary responses to technical and highly dispensable questions of the sort that arise in weary seminars. To wit: "But what's that got to do with the price of eggs?" Or, more pointedly sometimes, "the price of eggs in Arkansas?"
I thought of this aptly characterized boredom threshold as I ...Read more
The Anglican Church of Canada clutches its throat at the prospect of -- Lord have mercy -- shutting down its ministries and works 20 years from now. You know -- putting up the "Closed" sign, the public demand for said ministries dwindling more with every passing year. So sharply have Anglican membership rolls declined since 2000 that, according ...Read more