Walter Lippmann wrote that if a man had a broken arm and a stranger with no medical training said he could set it, folks would run him off. But suggest that a person with no prior experience could be Secretary of State … not a problem. A lot of folks believe a Trump-Carson ticket is this election’s dream team. Trump tells us he can get things done because he is rich. Carson tells us he can get things done because he is smart. That’s it. That’s all they got. Is that enough? I hope we never have to find out.
August 29, 2015
Earth is made up of vast tectonic plates that move together and apart over millions of years. Politics can be thought of in the same way, vast plates of ideology converging during periods of national greatness and shifting apart during periods of discord. What brings people together is the willingness to sacrifice for the common good, perhaps to face a great peril or to advance a great cause. In this period of growing political separation, we could possibly unite over war but it’s hard to see this country ever coming together for a great cause. Those days lie behind us.
August 26, 2015
The FBI reported 6,371 homicides committed with handguns in 2012. That’s about 17 handgun murders each day. CDC estimates there are 44 murders by any means each day. Illegal immigrants represent about 4 percent of the population, which would prorate to 2 murders a day by illegal immigrants. Hmm, let’s see. Seventeen deaths by handguns each day. Maybe two homicides a day by illegal immigrants. Which should be a higher priority problem when it comes to the safety of the American people? If you listen to the rhetoric coming from most of the Republican candidates for president, it’s a no-brainer.
August 25, 2015
A recent study confirms what most of us already suspected: America leads the world in mass killings, accounting for nearly a third of the world’s mass killings with just five percent of the population. Why do we dominate? The study asserts that America is overstocked with unhappy wannabes who long for a last chance power drive to 15 minutes of internet fame. And yeah, we are armed to the teeth, so building an arsenal isn’t hard. Hell, it’s a constitutionally guaranteed right. H. Rap Brown said, “Violence is as American as cherry pie.” Brother, the whole world hears you now.
August 24, 2015
This is the tip of something buried, but the idea of disturbing this little Zen garden by the sea to find what might lie beneath is unthinkable. Part of it's beauty is its transience. We see it now, but the next storm may bury it for another decade. Such chance discoveries remind us of whole worlds that have been buried by time, secret histories that may or may nor ever be revealed.