To Save American Democracy, Make Civics Great

In a recent column in USA Today, Naval War College professor and author of The Death of Expertise Tom Nichols makes a condescending but accurate observation. Donald Trump’s approval rating has hovered around 40 percent (which is the lowest approval rating of a new president since the advent of tracking presidential approval), but his approval has not significantly fallen below this number despite the daily … Continue reading To Save American Democracy, Make Civics Great

The Mischief of Congress: An Analysis

Less than three weeks after being introduced, the American Health Care Act of 2017 — Congress’ alternative to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 — was,  for all intents and purposes, dead. This is a major legislative defeat for President Trump and the Republican Congress, to say the least. This measure failed because Congress as an institution was specifically designed to kill … Continue reading The Mischief of Congress: An Analysis

Our Know-Nothing Politics

The best analysis comes from people who are passionate but not overly emotional about the topic they analyze. I grew up in a community where a large population of the town was likely undocumented. I went to college with a not insignificant number of students who were not in the country legally. I have made good friends, bitter rivals, and acquaintances I know almost nothing … Continue reading Our Know-Nothing Politics

Donald Trump is No LBJ

The National Review recently published an article –a bit of amateur history written by John Fund, whose National Review byline brags that he is the author of Stealing Elections: How Voter Fraud Threatens Our Democracy (I do not mean to level an ad hominem attack, I simply wish to point out that there are some pundits whose arguments lack, shall we say, ethos). Mr. Fund argues … Continue reading Donald Trump is No LBJ

Czechoslovakia 1945: An American Soldier’s Defense of Internationalism

The following is a letter written by a soldier in the Third US Army by the name of Frederick Simonton at the end of the Second World War. Frederick Simonton also so happens to be my grandfather. He wrote this when he was about my age. During the War, he served as General George Patton’s secretary. Whenever I read an excerpt of one of Patton’s … Continue reading Czechoslovakia 1945: An American Soldier’s Defense of Internationalism

Trying to be Post-Partisan in the Trump Era

By Brian O’Donnell “Early hominids lived a precarious existence where freeloaders were a direct threat to survival, so they developed an exceedingly acute sense of whether they were being taken advantage of by the group. But by the same token, one of the hallmarks of early human society was the emergence of a culture of compassion that cared for the ill, the elderly, the wounded, … Continue reading Trying to be Post-Partisan in the Trump Era

A Women’s March Against a Reign of Witches

On January 21, 2017, more than half a million people descended upon the National Mall in Washington, D.C. for the Women’s March on Washington. Millions more attended marches in cities around the United States and the world. The marchers came for many different reasons, from standing up for women’s rights (this was, after all, a march for women) and the rights of minorities to demanding … Continue reading A Women’s March Against a Reign of Witches