Nationalism—The Gathering Storm

Nationalism and World War One The assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand at Sarajevo on June 28, 1914 was the spark that set off WWl. However, historians suggest that Militarism, Alliances, Imperialism and Nationalism (known as MAINS) were the underlying cause. Some might argue that it was principally nationalism that fueled the seeds of conflict. Nationalists… 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

Hold That Nobel Prize for Peace with North Korea

Eliminating the threat of Nuclear War It looks like the Nobel Peace Prize is once again up for grabs—at least to one individual. In the singular mind of Donald J. Trump, no one is more deserving of the Nobel Peace Prize than Donald J. Trump himself. After all, it was solely his negotiating skills that… More

The Black Klansman and Today’s Racism

The Movie Last week I was asked to join friends to see Spike Lee’s movie, The Black Klansman. Though I knew little about the movie, I did want to spend time with friends, so I went along. The movie is based on the memoir of Ron Stallworth, the first African-American detective in the Colorado Springs… More

Useful Idiots – Danger Signs Blinking Red

Origination of “Useful Idiots” In a political context, the disparaging term “useful idiots” describes individuals who, wittingly or unwittingly, provide propaganda for a cause not fully understood, and are regarded contemptuously by the leader of that cause. Though never confirmed, many believe the Russian, Vladimir Lenin—a master of propaganda and manipulation, and founder of the… 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

Putin’s Puppet Donald Trump

Putin’s Puppet Congratulations Donald Trump on the enormous satisfaction you provided Russian President Vladimir Putin at Monday’s summit in Helsinki. You’ve done something no other President ever did before. You groveled before a tyrant who rules a major adversary of the United States. But I guess that was to be expected. You’ve given new meaning… More