.Columns & Editorials

Sep 28, 2022

You Belong to U.S.: The U.S. military and American youth

Ah, the children! They belong to us, sayeth the Department of Defense. At least some of them do. It’s a little more complicated than it used to be, thanks to one of the changes that occurred back in 1973, a year of startling historical significance. That was the year of the...
Aug 17, 2022

Civil War?: White supremacists want ‘their’ country back

Is an insurrection percolating in the MAGA universe? A civil war? One thing I notice as I read the growing warnings that this is the case, is the assumption that suddenly the United States has become a divided...
Aug 3, 2022

The Cynics’ Monkey Wrench: Creating context in an era of chaos

If you depart from an “us vs. them” philosophy of life, your first confrontation is likely to be with the cynics. Last week, for instance, I wrote about the weekend I spent, a decade ago, getting handgun training...
Jul 27, 2022

Tyranny of the Majority: Supreme Court denies religious freedom

A good friend who heads a leading law firm once explained that when a lawyer’s case is weak, he argues precedent. He relies on historical findings in similar cases to razzle-dazzle the judge and jury. But when a...
Jul 20, 2022

We Were Warned: An iron curtain is descending on America

Great patriots have warned Americans of the possibility an iron curtain of authoritarianism could descend upon this country, making America over in the image of its fascist enemies. President Dwight Eisenhower in his first major presidential speech,...
Jul 6, 2022

Deep Belief and Effort: Growing up, becoming a man

I’ve made my own choices along the path of life - spiritual, mental, physical. I declared myself a non-believer in my parents’ religion at age 16. I’d just read the book Exodus, by Leon Uris, and couldn’t tolerate...
Jun 15, 2022

Humility: America too suffers from nostalgic delusion

Humility is endless.”—T.S. Eliot Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin declared that he wants Russia weakened. Of course, he meant militarily weakened. Still, his words summoned an echo of Versailles in 1919, when the complete humiliation of Germany planted...
Jun 8, 2022

The War Within Ourselves: The heart is mightier than the sword

They’re coming for me! Sounds like a horror movie on permanent rewind through the brain, through the soul. Catch your breath, buy a gun. What other choice do you have? It’s called, among other things, “white replacement theory”—but...
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