Thursday, June 30, 2016
“Where and How Diversity Succeeds,” with “New Americans and Young Voters to Play Growing Role”
6:52 am edt
In their book Pax Ethnica: Where and How Diversity Succeeds (2012),
Karl E. Meyer and Shareen Blair Brysac write (p. 195):
“History may not repeat, Mark Twain is
said to have remarked, but on occasion it rhymes. There is indeed a repetitious assonance in the alarms voiced during the past two centuries about the perils of multicultural
immigration. Who are these newcomers flooding into North America,
Europe, and Australia? Don’t
their true loyalties really lie with a foreign flag or faith? Doesn’t that weaken the social cohesion vital to any democracy? Aren’t foreigners robbing jobs from native-born workers
and farmers? Don’t they
live in separatist enclaves, walling themselves apart from our common culture? And why … do so many resist learning their host country’s ways and languages? On the eve of the American Revolution,
such questions were already being aired concerning German speakers from Middle Europe arriving with their strange religions
and alien tongues…”
Now, in June 2016, Connecticut Viewpoints published my thoughts on how new Americans – and young voters – are joining the electorate and participating
A version also appears via Medium.
Sunday, June 12, 2016
Massacre in Orlando; The 2nd Amendment's "Well Regulated Militia"
6:09 pm edt
Peace and comfort to the victims of the
Orlando massacre, and their loved ones.
Action is needed
to improve background checks and limit access to semiautomatic weapons, which far surpass anything needed under the 2nd Amendment
for self-protection, or for hunting. “A well regulated Militia” is what the 2nd Amendment
and our society demand, for "the security of a free State" -- a state free from the tyranny of gun zealotry.
A Well-Regulated Militia is the title of Saul Cornell’s book on “the founding fathers and the origins of gun control in America.”
Here is my plea for reason.
Sunday, May 8, 2016
“Impressions of India: New Delhi via New Haven”
5:14 pm edt
Saturday, May 7, 2016
V-E Day Tomorrow, War and Peace
8:51 pm edt
Tomorrow marks Victory in Europe (V-E) Day, the 71st anniversary
of the announcement of the surrender of the German Nazi regime to the Allies on May 8, 1945. This momentous historical
event had personal angles for families around the world -- especially but not only those actually serving in the war.
At the time, my mother (of Lutheran background) was a child in Germany,
my father (of Jewish descent) a child in New York. Seventeen years later, they would marry in an example of one of globalization’s happier effects.
Peace, and Mother’s Day greetings…
Saturday, April 30, 2016
New Citizen, New Voter
2:10 pm edt
This past Tuesday, April 26, was the Connecticut primary –
an opportunity for my wife, Sahar Usmani-Brown, to cast her first vote as a new U.S. citizen.She and I, along with our children, arrived early in the morning at our
polling place (Wilbur Cross High School) to vote, with a few photos capturing the occasion.