Tag Archives: State of the Union Address

Pointless Enthusiasm

Too many years and too many miles change things. The raw new suburbs just north of downtown Pittsburgh in the fifties were the whole world when you’re just a kid, but after that sticky summer of 1965, it was off … Continue reading

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The Difficulties in Stating the Case

Blame Woodrow Wilson. Before his presidency that annual State of the Union thing wasn’t a formal speech delivered before a Joint Session of Congress – heck, it wasn’t even annual. It was more of an occasional internal memo, as required … Continue reading

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Playing Marco Polo

Marco Polo is that children’s game that proves humans aren’t bats – it’s all about acoustical location. It’s a form of hide-and-seek where the person who’s “it” closes his or her eyes and shouts out “Marco” and everyone else is … Continue reading

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Another Speech

Long ago, in a different America, Francis Fukuyama wrote about the end of history in a 1989 essay that turned into a book three years later – explaining the end of history as “the end point of mankind’s ideological evolution and … Continue reading

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Yawn

At least the Republicans are interesting – outrageous, but interesting. After the latest debate – where Newt Gingrich was oddly subdued and methodically torn apart by Mitt Romney’s surprisingly focused ridicule of him – he did fire back: Newt Gingrich … Continue reading

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