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

Those Who Single out Islam Don’t Understand Terrorism

“Nothing is easier than to denounce the evildoer; nothing is more difficult than to understand him.” – Fyodor Dostoevsky The average person might be surprised to find out that George Habash, the founder of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), was an Orthodox Christian. Sirhan Sirhan, the Palestinian nationalist who killed Robert Kennedy, was also a Christian. So was PFLP leader Wadie … Continue reading Those Who Single out Islam Don’t Understand Terrorism

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

An Appeal to Republicans to Save the Legacy of a Great Party

To my Republican Friends, I have never voted for your party at the national and state level in my adult life, but I grew up in a very conservative part of the Dallas-Fort Worth area. I know many of you. I only speak to my own experience, but any overt racism I endured was the exception to the rule. Although I was younger, I also … Continue reading An Appeal to Republicans to Save the Legacy of a Great Party

Donald Trump Desecrates the CIA Memorial Wall

On January 21st, 2017, Donald Trump surprised me yet again. The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Memorial wall is one of the most understated, yet most powerful, monuments to those who have given their lives for the United States. It is a simple engraving on a marble wall. The top reads, “IN HONOR OF THOSE MEMBERS OF THE CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES IN … Continue reading Donald Trump Desecrates the CIA Memorial Wall

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