A Shift From Zealotry to Pragmatism?

"Stop listening to the bombastic loudmouths on the radio, television and the internet. To hell with them. They don’t want anything done for the public good. Our incapacity is their livelihood.” -- Senator John McCain (R-AZ), casting the deciding vote killing the Republicans' extremely flawed plan to repeal and replace Obamacare. As Donald Trump and... Continue Reading →


Who Are the Greatest US Senators in History?

As an amateur student of the United States Senate, I wonder who the greatest Senators in history are likely to be? It's a little easier to determine the greatest senators if they have been out of power a long time. Back in 1957, Senator John F. Kennedy headed a committee that selected these five senators... Continue Reading →

Why Lincoln Matters, By Mario Cuomo

Why Lincoln Matters: Today More Than Ever is a book by former NY Governor Mario Cuomo, published in 2004. It addressed such issues as pre-emptive war, taxes and religion in politics. Cuomo pointed out that Lincoln never belonged to an organized religion or joined a church and seemed to be a rationalist rather than a conventional... Continue Reading →

The Moral Test of Government

"[T]he moral test of government is how it treats those who are in the dawn of life, the children; those who are in the twilight of life, the elderly; and those who are in the shadows of life -- the sick, the needy, and the handicapped." --Hubert H. Humphrey Other quotes from Humphrey: "The road... Continue Reading →

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