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

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

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