Much of my concern over the chaos in Washington, and many of these posts, have been focused on the words and actions of Donald Trump. Vice President Mike Pence has largely escaped the wrath of these writings. This is not particularly surprising given that, in general, the President sucks up so much oxygen that everything … Continue reading A Heartbeat Away
I was taking a break from putting away Christmas decorations when I picked up David Leonhardt’s OpEd in the New York Times, "The People vs. Donald J. Trump." The columnist comprehensively lays out the case for beginning impeachment proceedings of the President now. The article is not a partisan rant or hysterical doomsday fantasy. Rather, … Continue reading Impeachment–Where Do You Stand?
It was wishful thinking, I guess, that the New Year would bring new energy to moving the wheels of government forward in positive directions. 2019 begins with a partial government shutdown, paralyzed by a battle that is purely political. As a Democratic House begins operation this week, it is not unreasonable to expect that the … Continue reading New Year, Old Patterns
In The Carol of the Drum, the little boy’s dilemma is juxtaposed to the glory of the hoped-for King of Israel. The aspiring young percussionist is too poor to honor the king with a suitable gift. What can he do? He plays his drum for the baby Jesus. He plays “his best for him” and … Continue reading Gifts of the Season
Perhaps we didn’t notice much when he first took office, but as Donald Trump appeared over and over (and over and over) in public, one thing became apparent to the astute observer: as he sought to project a certain image—strength and confidence—he wore a remarkably similar outfit: a black overcoat over his business suit, his … Continue reading Trump’s Overcoat