RANCHO SANTA FE, Ca., June 2, 2014 – The United States’ military commitment to “no man left behind” was briefly resuscitated from its politically-weakened condition when Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was retrieved from the Taliban-aligned Haqqani terrorist network in return for five members of the Taliban who had been held as prisoners in Guantanamo. The incongruities of Sgt. Bergdahl’s captivity and release accentuate the political maneuverings of our Nation’s major Parties and the pendulum of irrational action that swings between them … Read more
RANCHO SANTA FE, Ca., May 5, 2014 – Recently, the press provided us with yet another “Sterling” example of how much time it is willing to devote to a story that panders to our sordid nature. However, when new information surfaced with respect to the political positioning of the attack on our diplomatic compound in Benghazi on September 11, 2012, much of our media remained silent or at least detached from an investigatory perspective. This begs the question: Has our press abdicated its role as the Fourth Estate? … Read more
RANCHO SANTA FE, Ca., April 7, 2014 – Politically speaking: Whatever happened to the truth? In a country of more than 315 million people, you would think we could find a few good men and women who were familiar with that concept and capable of delivering upon it. Yet, we seem unable to attract a sufficient number of individuals with the character to turn the tide against the more corrupt, “win at all costs” mentality that permeates our political Parties.
Instead, we are forced to choose among candidates who promise the world, then deliver little more than a dirt path that leads to nowhere. It’s all about manipulating the system to maintain and expand the political power of their Parties while paying back the surreptitious individuals and organizations that fund the debacle … Read more
RANCHO SANTA FE, Ca., August 6, 2013 — President Obama and Press Secretary Carney recently dismissed any purported White House “scandals” as “phony.” This set off a firestorm response within the Republican Party, which has been preoccupied with identifying “Obama’s Watergate.”
What constitutes a scandal? Why has the concept become such a fixation among the Parties and pundits? Is there substantive or circumstantial evidence of a scandal or scandals attributable to the current Administration? And, how can both Parties improve from the current environment? … Read more
RANCHO SANTA FE, Ca., July 23, 2013 – On July 19, 2013, President Obama chose to speak at a Press Conference about the African American community’s possible perspective of the Trayvon Martin tragedy. Almost immediately, those with a strong predisposition to the Left hailed his speech as one of the most important of his career, while those who lean as heavily toward the Right denounced the speech as racially divisive.
As is usually the case with extreme viewpoints, each position offers a modicum of truth filtered through a lens of political prejudice. The opportunity to make progress is often lost because bias is frequently communicated with more vigor than rational thought … Read more
RANCHO SANTA FE, Ca., July 26, 2012 – America has been captivated by one of the few real forms of reality TV: the presentation of evidence in a court of law during an actual criminal trial along with the associated arguments of opposing counsel. While the media profited from this low-budget production, there may be a question as to whether society profited as well. Perhaps we can gain such a benefit from an examination of whether equal justice applies to all.
One may argue that the core values of our Nation are articulated in the Declaration of Independence. Specifically: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” … Read more