‘To Bigotry No Sanction, To Persecution No Assistance’

“The Government of the United States, which gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance, requires only that they who live under its protection should demean themselves as good citizens, in giving it on all occasions their effectual support.” -- George Washington, in a speech to Hebrew congregation of Newport, RI, 1790, before ratification... Continue Reading →

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Cock-eyed Optimist’s View of Trump

Maybe I'm a cock-eyed optimist, but if we and the world survive Trump, he may be the best thing to happen to the Republican Party, destroying the march-in-lockstep tribal loyalty, group think, unity based only on hatred of liberals and Democrats, and maybe they will realize that there are things worse than electing a Democrat... Continue Reading →

Of King Henry II, Nixon and Trump

“Who will rid me of this meddlesome priest?” mused Henry II, and a knight seeking royal favor murdered Archbishop Thomas Becket in the cathedral at Canterbury.  This quote is recalled as Donald Trump fires FBI Director James Comey. Conservative columnist Michael Gerson compares Trump to Henry II and to Nixon: "It is dangerous to have... Continue Reading →

Trump’s Supreme Court Nominee Wins Approval

With the support of three Democratic senators up for re-election in 2018 -- Joe Donnelly of Indiana, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Joe Manchin of West Virginia -- Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch won Senate confirmation, 54-45. It was a major victory for Trump, and validation for those conservatives who reluctantly voted for... Continue Reading →

Trump is 0-3 After 64 Days

With the defeat in Congress of efforts to "repeal and replace" Obamacare, Donald Trump must face his third major loss in little over two months in office. Two of his executive orders banning immigration by Muslims have been struck down by the courts,  and now Republican health care proposals are revealed to be fraudulent. The GOP... Continue Reading →

Trump Week 1: Disastrous

Trump from Day 1 sewed needless division and controversy. On Day 7, he signed an executive order essentially banning Muslims from seven countries. Initial reports suggest this move is disastrous. The only good sign is that numerous Republican senators say this ban was poorly thought out and completely ineffectual. It hurts refugees, friends and allies.... Continue Reading →

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