D-Day June 6, 1944 – 75 Years Later

World War ll – The Western Front It is June 1944. The United States is in its third year as a combatant in the Second World War. Nazi Germany controls much of Continental Europe. For three years the Soviet Union has been engaged in a violent battle with Germany in the east. It is pressing… More

Donald Trump and the Rise of Populism

Trump’s Brand of Populism Many people have wondered how Donald Trump attracted a hard core of followers despite all that was known about him. There were those who came to his side for strictly ideological reasons. Some were evangelicals who came en masse based on Trump’s promise to appoint conservative judges to overturn Roe v.… More

Capitalism, Greed and Taxes

Capitalism’s Increasing Failure We live in a capitalist system that has produced great wealth for the country. But a large and growing percentage of our citizens no longer share in its bounty. The rising tide no longer lifts all boats. No, I’m not suggesting we dismantle the capitalist system, but we also can’t allow ourselves… More

2020 Democrats — Flashing Warning Signs

Misreading the results It’s easy to understand how a big electoral victory can instill a high confidence level. But such a large victory can also lead to a misreading of its impact on future results. That is particularly true when the warning signs start flashing and many Democrats seemingly ignore them. But history has repeatedly… More

Gerrymandering – Determining its Constitutionality

Partisan Gerrymandering and Democracy Partisan gerrymandering is the manipulation of electoral boundaries to achieve supremacy of one party over another. Previously, petitioners have brought certain cases to the Supreme Court alleging partisan gerrymandering but without resolution. Some believe that this is a political issue and the Court should not intervene. Others argue there is no… More

The Sugar High from the 2017 Tax Cut Bill

The Sugar High in Children Few would deny the relatively immediate satisfaction of finishing a piece of sugar-laden cheesecake or dish of chocolate ice cream. But many parents share the common belief that providing too much sugar causes their children to become hyperactive. Yet numerous studies have demonstrated there is no scientific basis for that… More

Truth, Facts and Life — Casualties of Vitriolic Partisanship

Vitriolic Partisanship Donald Trump declared his candidacy for president in 2015 with vitriolic partisanship. Since then, the words truth and fact have taken on new meaning. Truth once meant that which is true or in accordance with fact or reality. Fact once meant something that actually exists; reality; truth. The words were virtually interchangeable, but… More

The Ball is in Your Court, Chief Justice John Roberts

The Idiom The sport of either tennis or basketball provides the idiom, “the ball is in your court.” In simple terms, it means that regardless of how we got to this point, it’s your responsibility now. By addressing this statement to Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, it has a very specific meaning. Merrick Garland… More

Kavanaugh — Outrage, Lies and Partisanship

The Hearing On September 27 Christine Blasey Ford testified at a U.S. Senate hearing on Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination.  She alleged that a drunken Brett Kavanaugh had attempted to rape her some thirty-six years ago when both were teenagers. Judge Kavanaugh denied the allegation immediately, unequivocally, and categorically. By mid afternoon, the hearing’s… More

The Fifth Column—Can History Repeat?

Origin of the term and its impact For those unfamiliar with the term, a fifth column refers to a group of subversive people who undermine their own country by any overt or clandestine means to collaborate with an enemy. The term originated in 1936 during the Spanish Civil War when troops of the fascist General… More