#100 Will the Narcissist Help to Restore Sanity?

On October 19, 2015

After a long hiatus in writing these commentaries, I can no longer resist writing about the run up to the primaries. After all, I began these in the run up to the 2008 primaries.

#99 Two Union-Perfecting Weeks

On July 10, 2015

Hello Everyone, The Confederate battle flag was removed from the grounds of the South Carolina State House this morning in a dignified ceremony.  So ends an extraordinary two week period in U.S. history when we’ve actually witnessed the arc of the moral universe bending towards justice, to adapt the now-famous words of a 19th-century abolitionist, […]

#98 Same-Sex Marriage – Changing Times, Small Increments, and Thunderbolts

On July 7, 2015

Last week, when news reached me about the Supreme Court’s decision that same-sex marriage is a civil right, I had the surreal sense that I was experiencing a truly historical moment.

#97 The Selma Speech and the Complexity of American Exceptionalism

On March 11, 2015

On a few occasions in this space, I have suggested that it is good to read the text of a speech even if you’ve heard it delivered. Such is the case with the one President Obama gave last Saturday in Selma to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday (see attachment A).

#96 Breaking the Hastert Rule

On March 3, 2015

Today, the House of Representatives passed a so-called “clean” bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security through the end of the fiscal year, eliminating provisions to overturn the President’s executive order stopping deportations.