#102 Looking at Trump through the prism of Ali

On June 7, 2016

Mohammad Ali’s life is a perfect and timely prism through which to examine Donald Trump’s life. Trump seems to be all bombast absent any apparent sacrifice or evidence of having led a principled life.

#101 A Monster of Their Own Making

On March 10, 2016

I will focus here on the conditions of unrelenting negativity and obstructionism that have given rise to the Trump phenomenon.

#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.

#95 The New Bi-partisanship Continues and Two Corrections

On December 15, 2014

The Senate Vote
As everyone knows by now, in yet another show of bi-partisanship, the Senate passed the spending bill on Saturday. It was truly a compromise (we haven’t heard that word much in the last few years): the 56 votes for passage were split 31 Democratic, 24 Republican, 1 Independent. So the majority needed substantial participation by the minority. That’s a good thing, even though no one was entirely satisfied. I think that is what compromise (that once dirty word) produces. Interestingly, the cloture vote was 77 to 19.

#94 Thank You, Speaker Boehner

On December 12, 2014

For the first time in a very long time (I haven’t yet researched how long), Speaker Boehner ignored the so-called “Hastert Rule” (which requires laws be passed with a Republican-only majority), and allowed the majority of the entire House to actually rule.

#93 Immigration, the Tyranny of the Minority, and the Civil Rights Act of 1964

On November 23, 2014

It won’t come as a surprise: I am glad that President Obama has acted, at least temporarily, to address a portion of our troubled immigration system. Likewise, I am not surprised that the Republicans have strenuously objected.