An overlooked irony of these terrible, horrible, awful, no good, very bad times (as the great children's author Judith Viorst would have described them) is the 5-4 Supreme Court decision last week upholding California's restrictions on church attendance, the whole matter playing out on the sterile card table of constitutional law.
"We the people" is the phrase that comes trippingly to mind.
We the people, over Memorial Day weekend, initiated an urgent referendum on the means and methods of battling the novel coronavirus. Early returns pour in even as we speak. We the people of the United States, after a couple of months in a state resembling genteel captivity, seem ...Read more
So. A Texas day care center can open now. I said "right now." Come Friday, May 22, Texas bars and bowling alleys, by gubernatorial writ, are allowed to pry their doors partly -- and, yes, cautiously -- open.
On the same day, and under the same dispensation, Texas restaurant owners can beckon inside their premises a larger contingent of ...Read more
Rules, rules, rules -- and don't we hate 'em? They restrict some of our most personal notions, retard our experiential growth, run contrary to modern suppositions as to our human rights.
Modern culture reflects and magnifies the I'll-do-what-I-want spirit that took us by storm around the time the counterculture appeared on the scene, promising ...Read more
Brothers and sisters, we are living in Prophets' Heaven! I never before knew there was such a place, but there is. We should enjoy it while we can.
In Prophets' Heaven, a gentleman or a lady can prophesy anything and get away with it for a time, at least, such is the appetite for moral satisfaction stimulated and encouraged by the internet -- ...Read more
"So the city was filled with the confusion...Now some cried one thing, some another, for the assembly was in confusion, and most of them did not know why they had come together."
-- The Acts of the Apostles, 19:29-32, Revised Standard Version.
And, hey, that wasn't even Washington, D.C., or New York City. It was Ephesus during the first ...Read more
Wouldn't it be fun if people weren't actually dying or losing their livelihoods due to a virus no one had heard of until a few months ago?
We could prop our feet on the porch railing and howl at or make faces over the differing, sharply conflicting account of who's to blame for our too-long-deferred victory over COVID-19; how the virus started ...Read more
We can admit to ourselves and to one another, without fear of contradiction, that nobody knows the perfect way of reopening American life.
We're going to make mistakes and miscalculations, no matter our schedule or plan. What kind of mistakes and miscalculations? Haven't a clue. We just know it's that kind of show.
The need of the hour, all ...Read more
You can tell we're getting restless -- twitching and twisting and otherwise maneuvering ourselves into the familiar postures that characterized life, say, last January. We're homesick -- sick of being at home and making allowances for spouses, children, boarders, TV personalities. And presidents.
We're ready to blame others and cast aspersions ...Read more
Politics being politics, and politicians being politicians, Americans have figured out how, along with sore throats and violent coughing, the coronavirus causes finger-pointing, loud talking and endless credit-claiming.
The best remedy I know of: huge handfuls of salt for sprinkling on the gratitude that comes with seeing government now and ...Read more
We seem to be in what Bernie's and Joe's and my generation called a "mell of a hess," back before the media and the political class routinized the words that were formerly common to override with: #%$#%^!!%$%.
Which made for a politer time, but we're not there any more. At the present point, no one really, honestly, deep-down knows what to do, ...Read more
This virus thing has gotten crazy. San Francisco ... closed down due to the coronavirus' spread?! A whole American city on hold? And other localities set for like privations?
Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders' contemporaries may remember (as I do, being one of them) a Gregory Peck/Ava Gardner movie from 1960: "On the Beach." Following a nuclear war,...Read more
The stock market on Monday took a look at the world around it and swooned, delivering a decisive blow to the Sanders candidacy and its proposed revolution.
Who wants a political revolution when economic forces are hard at work wringing vitality and optimism out of the economy? Isn't that the question? The less we see and hear of Comrade ...Read more