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Our choice of a leader reflects our true self. What does 2012 tell about America?

Summary:  We watch the campaign to learn about the candidates. But we too are a key part of the game.  We help set its rules, style, and form. It reveals much about us, and the New America now under construction on the ruins of the America-that-once-was. During the 1960 campaign against Nixon someone had asked …

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Obama’s greatest accomplishment so far

Summary:  As we near the end of President Obama’s second year in office, we can total his accomplishments and assess his skills.  Potentially a great leader, ruined by election to high office before he gained the necessary experience. Results to date:  alientated his supporters AND enraged his opponents, a feat of political incompetence seldom matched in …

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The quest for Black’s civil rights was not like the quest for same sex marriages

Summary:  A follow-up to Another American judge weakens the Republic’s foundation, responding to comments that display serious amnesia about our history. I’ve received dozens of comments saying that Judge Walker’s decision overturning California’s Proposition 8 (the opinion) was equivalent to one of the decisions overturning segregation, from Brown v. Board of Education (1954) through Loving v. Virginia (1967, …

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Conservatives oppose the new START treaty, as they opposed even the earlier version negotiated by Ronald Reagan

Summary:  About conservatives opposition to arms control treaties, including those that ended radioactive poisoning of the atmosphere and won the Cold War. Mitt Romeny (“Obama’s worst foreign-policy mistake“, op-ed in the Washington Post) and the Heritage Foundation (“Stop START Now“)  have joined the conservative chorus denouncing the new START treaty.  It’s all lies and misrepresentations, as …

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The words of a real leader. We have such people today, if we would but elect them.

Rumors swirled around Washington after the Bay of Pigs.   Who directed this disaster?  Who would get blamed?  Kennedy first side-steped the question in his aggressive speech on 20 April 1961 to the the American Society of Newspaper Editors (ASNE; text is here).  But the issue would not go away.  Kennedy gave his famous answer at …

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