Category Archives: Real Americans

A Republican in Manhattan

Sometimes you spend a buck to daydream. You buy a lottery ticket and imagine what you’d do if you were the one who hit all five numbers, and the bonus number. Sure, that’s beyond unlikely, but it’s far cheaper than … Continue reading

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Vox Populi, Vox Dei

How’s your Latin? Those words up there say that the voice of the people is the voice of God. Maybe William of Malmesbury first put it that way in the twelfth century, but it actually popped up much earlier, in … Continue reading

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Remembering King Pyrrhus of Epirus

For every action there’s an equal and opposite reaction. Everything has a cost, so don’t kid yourself. There’s no free lunch. And there are always unintended consequences, so don’t whine when things don’t turn out the way you promised everyone … Continue reading

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Being There

The fifties was a time when you really did have to be a real American – and it probably had less to do Joe McCarthy than it had to do with Ozzie and Harriet. The stupefying red scare was remote, … Continue reading

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Escalating the Culture Wars That Were Supposed To Be Over

You know, if you’re going to San Francisco, be sure to wear some flowers in your hair. And if that advice seems odd to you, you missed the culture wars of the sixties. The words are from a hit song … Continue reading

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Eavesdropping on the Mad

When you live halfway between the Sunset Strip and the center of Hollywood you do notice packs of paparazzi now and then. They’re rather off-putting, festooned with expensive cameras with big lenses, elbowing each other for the good shot of … Continue reading

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Getting It

It’s where married life and politics intersect – and every guy who is married, or has been married, or even been in a relationship, knows how it goes. The wife is crying and the husband is obviously concerned, and puzzled. … Continue reading

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