#83 Machiavelli and the Exchanges

On October 1, 2013

Today, the health insurance marketplaces, or exchanges — the centerpieces of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act – are open for business. As we all know all too well, opponents continue to try to torpedo this law and all that goes with it. The law went into effect in March 2010, over 3 ½ years ago.

#82 MLK and JFK in 1963

On August 28, 2013

On this date exactly half a century ago, I had returned to Amherst College for my senior year and, in the humid heat of August, for pre-season football practice (ok, I know the latter is hard to believe.) I had returned to the bubble that was Amherst College in 1963 with TVs scarce, “long distance” phone calls prohibitively expensive, snail mail slow, and few other means of connecting with the outside world. So, I barely noticed the March on Washington and Martin Luther King’s speech that day.

#81 Context and Conversations About Race

On July 26, 2013

On the heels of the killing of Trayvon Martin and the acquittal of George Zimmerman, I found the unscripted and highly personal comments offered by President Obama last Friday to be pitch perfect.

#80 The 501(c)(4) Scandal – Perversion, Not Profiling

On June 5, 2013

But, amidst the hullabaloo of three recent political controversies (Benghazi, Associated Press and IRS), some of my more stridently-oppositional readers have ended their post-election silence and have been in touch. Therefore, so should I.

#79 The Second Inauguration: Sharpening Communitarian Theme

On January 23, 2013

President Obama’s second inauguration was a memorable affair in my estimation, somewhat to my surprise. It was obviously a less historic occasion than the first, which I attended. But, I found this one, which I didn’t attend, to be remarkably coherent and moving – and the inaugural address may come to be seen as historic.