The Master Race

Adolph Hitler and his followers espoused the theory of a master race.  The Nazi Party proclaimed that persons of supposed Nordic or Aryan descent appear most frequently among Germans and other northern European peoples and are superior to persons of other races.  Slavs, Gypsies, and Jews were specifically defined as being inferior, and their presence […]

Roots

Make America great again!, the Trumpers cry.  Some of their opponents say that America was never great. What is the truth? America has never been perfect, but it has been great.  I am not so foolish as to bathe all past times in a nostalgic mist that obscures all flaws.  We are a nation composed […]

The Bloodiest Day

In the years leading up to World War I, French military thinkers had wavered back and forth over the best strategy and tactics to employ in the forthcoming struggle with Germany.  Most of them were not pushing for conflct, but there was a general feeling that war was inevitable. In 1870-71 France had lost a […]

Alinsky and the Republicans

It is in the nature of man to seek change. We are never completely satisfied with the status quo. Many of us with a idealistic bent see the flaws in our present society and dream of utopia. Most of us are pragmatic enough to realize that perfection will never be achieved, but we strive for […]

Guns, Guns, Guns

The recent mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, have reignited the gun debate. I am deeply disturbed by these tragic events, but I’ll try to look at the issue from a pragmatic viewpoint.  From this perspective, I offer the following observations. Today, there are more than 300 million rifles and pistols in […]

Globalism

Many of us have globalist feelings.  We like to think of the brotherhood of man and hum that delightful tune “It’s a Small World After All.”  Why can’t we tear down the borders of hostility and learn to live and work together in peace? Sounds wonderful, doesn’t it? Woodrow Wilson had such a vision in […]

Justice on Trial

In September 2018, I and millions of my fellow citizens witnessed a fascinating drama on television.  It was the Judiciary Committee of the United States Senate conducting confirmation hearings for Brett Kavanaugh prior to his elevation to the Supreme Court.  I and countless others were riveted by the high drama of the proceedings. Judge Kavanaugh […]