What is the “McGovern Moment”? The “McGovern Moment is a term I use to describe an all too brief historical period. It refers to the 1972 capture of the Democratic nomination, and much of the Democratic Party apparatus by George McGovern, then a Senator from South Dakota. It was in hindsight a most improbable turn […]
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Humanity on the Clock The Doomsday Clock is a metric that is published by the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. This is an organization that is dedicated to reducing the man-made threats that put civilization at risk. The clock is the estimation of how close the world is to nuclear war. There is nothing magical
The Godliness of Work Two weeks ago, on Labor Day I published a piece about the anti-labor lobby. It focused on the various policies that the ostensibly “pro-labor” lobby advocated. This week I wish to go beyond the policies and dive into a bit of the culture that drives those ideas. It is a culture
A repost from last year as the nation commemorates another ill-named “Patriot” Day It Was Just Yesterday It hardly seems possible that 21 years have elapsed since the 9/11 attacks. Many things have changed. New career paths, the loss of family and friends, a strengthened faith (hopefully!) are just some of the changes that I
You Is What You Is Let’s be clear upfront; the strongest voices against labor are among those who ostensibly advocate on behalf of…labor. It is an odd dichotomy to be sure and one that at first blush seems counter intuitive. Yet, a cursory examination, along with some basic economic knowledge will show that today’s labor
Disturbing Parallels Is The United States the new Rome? Clearly, based upon the title of this essay, I think so. Let’s examine the case. Both the U.S. and Rome were forged as republics, after both threw off kings. In Rome’s case these were Etruscan kings, viewed as foreign and in the U.S. case, the British
Still a Grinding, Deadly Slaughter The war in Ukraine continues to grind on producing a slow rolling slaughter of mostly innocent, powerless civilians. Russia has slowly enveloped the eastern Donbas region of Ukraine and continues to take control of more territory slowly but relentlessly. Additionally, Russia is making gains along the southern coast of Ukraine
Largely Agreeing, Totally Offended Two weeks ago I watched a sermon online delivered in a church I occasionally attend, not my home church but a very welcoming congregation all the same. I was not planning to listen in on this sermon as the pastor I tune into, online or in person, was not preaching that
This Independence Day, not feeling particularly enamored of where the United States is and where it is headed, I offer this passage from the Old Testament prophet Isaiah (Isaiah 59: 1-8). He was not one to mince words or pull punches. This text seems perfectly suited to the current moment in the good ole US
Background Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks an internet based journalistic enterprise, is a hairsbreadth away from being deported from Great Britain and extradited to the United States. In the U.S. he faces charges under the seldom used Espionage Act of 1917. If convicted in the U.S., he faces what is effectively a life sentence.