It’s not as if we haven’t put mistakes in the Constitution before. Prohibition is the most obvious example. The Eighteenth Amendment was passed on January 16, 1919, and repealed by the Twenty-First Amendment on December 5, 1933. In comparison, the First Amendment has had a much longer run … Read more
RANCHO SANTA FE, Ca., December 23, 2013 – While the twelve days that precede the Feast of the Epiphany have almost been forgotten in favor of the more secular “After-Christmas Day Sales,” I thought I would offer twelve “wishes” that might result in a more positive political environment were they to be granted.
Our Founding Fathers were not necessarily more intelligent than we are, but they were certainly more motivated to establish a political system that placed the power within the People as opposed to within an elite ruling class. In turn, we have had several centuries to lose sight of that focus and allow political and economic interests to wear away at that goal. To return us to our course, I offer these 12 political wishes to be considered over the 12 days of Christmas … Read more
RANCHO SANTA FE, Ca., December 20, 2013 – The purported controversy surrounding the interview of Duck Dynasty’s patriarch, Phil Robertson, underlines the blurred distinction between Conservatives and Liberals that we have begun to witness. Pathological proponents of both constituencies have gravitated toward attacking one another with the same arguments anytime an otherwise meaningless public figure makes a comment that doesn’t conform to their respective platform positions.
Perhaps this paradox will force both sides to try something different: respecting their differences; listening to the other side; and forming a fully-informed opinion based upon fact rather than Party doctrine … 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