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That Conspiracy to Destroy Our Freedom

What’s going on in America right now isn’t just a culture war. It’s a war on the very concept of community, of a society that uses the institution we call government to offer certain basic protections to all its members. … Continue reading

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On Being Oblivious to Humiliation

Anyone can grow up to be president, even Donald Trump. He had never held political office before. His grasp of how our government (or any government) works is a few steps below rudimentary. He had no experience in foreign policy, … Continue reading

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Staying In Your Lane

Everyone has a story. Everyone changes lanes. By 1981 it was time for a change – the first marriage had ended and teaching English at the prep school in Rochester, in the quiet upper left hand corner of New York, … Continue reading

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The Usual Interruption

Valentine’s Day this year wasn’t all that sweet at the White House. Donald and Melania Trump weren’t holding hands and smiling. Donald Trump didn’t send her roses, as far as anyone could tell. Melania Trump had refused to go the … Continue reading

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The Deep State Strikes Back

No one would know what to make of those Harry Potter movies if it weren’t for John Williams. It’s the music. His score – uplifting or ominous – lets the audience know what to feel at the moment. It was … Continue reading

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When Not To Explain Anything

Don’t explain. That only makes things worse. What’s done is done. Move on. That’s how it’s done in sports. The team has lost the big game. The coach faces the press. The coach says “we got beat” – the other … Continue reading

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Beyond Muscular Certainty

Donald Trump can’t get out of his own way. The coming week will open with his new budget request to Congress – drastic reductions to nondefense programs to offset a “ready, larger, and more lethal military” and many more border … Continue reading

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