Sunday, July 24, 2016
“Convention Memories: Another Clinton, Another Age”
9:04 am edt
Sunday, July 10, 2016
Decrying Violence, Seeking Peace
9:40 am edt
Alas, violence in every city and state,
not to mention atrocities abroad, can happen on a daily basis. This blog has decried it before.
Still, it was sad to learn of the shooting deaths last week of Alton
Sterling, Philando Castile, and the Dallas police officers protecting a peaceful protest.
President Obama always seems to strike the right note and balance when he makes statements
under the pressures of such events, but it’s awful that he keeps having to do so.
Friday morning, I texted a friend of mine (whose birthday had been the day before) who happens
to be a police officer as well as African American. I wrote of “terrible news this week from Baton Rouge, Minnesota,
and now Dallas.” He replied, “It surely is my friend – some individuals in society just don’t
Monday, July 4, 2016
“Those Who Serve,” Every Day
4:10 pm edt
A July 2012 (July 4) post cited a series of NPR reports on “Those Who Serve.”
The volunteer members of our military depicted in
such stories merit more attention, more gratitude – not just on holidays like July 4, but every day. Thanks to
them, and to their families.
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.