I’m not much of a biblical scholar, but I’m pretty sure the famous line “To every thing there is a season,” comes from Ecclesiastes.
We have a president who is — how to put this — occasionally unpresidential. Still, he is our president, and all the anti-Trump hoopla is only solidifying his support to the utter consternation of marchers and rioters.
As Mel Brooks said, “It’s good to be king” (I can’t remember which movie). Of course, he was speaking from the king’s viewpoint — the old-fashioned absolute monarch variety. Absent revolution or assassination, kingship is a pretty good gig.
If you’re feeling adventurous, you can now hop on a train in Yiwu, on China’s Pacific coast, and arrive in London 15 days later, after passing through Kazakhstan, Moscow, continental Europe and the Chunnel.
The young princes, their parents, their uncle and his significant other were all with us for the holidays. It was, of course, chaotic, but that is what it is supposed to be.
Marine Le Pen is sort of the French version of Donald Trump. She is a right-wing populist, leader of the National Front Party, and expected to be a finalist in next year’s presidential election. Win or lose, she is clearly a big part of Europe’s drift toward the political right.
You have to hand it to Democrats — I guess. Since the election, they have been very creative in devising ways to further alienate flyover residents, as if they were not successful enough before the voting.
After — oh — many years of observing human nature, I’ve decided there are only two basic kinds of people, and I’m not referring to gender, though there seems to be some overlap.
I just did something that I do occasionally when I want to be impressed with my own past insights: I dipped into my file of old columns and unearthed one from August 2009, about health care.
Wow! It’s great to be important. Who would have thought that a column in The Pilot would carry influence all the way to the White House, but I guess it does.
Deadlines are always problematic, but since the founders saw fit to make Tuesday Election Day instead of Thursday, I have no idea who won yesterday’s election as I’m writing this.
The problem with being a conservative these days — and I invite you to look up the dictionary definition of the word — is not just that we have become involuntarily represented by Donald Trump, but that, with or without Mr. Trump, conservatism is an endangered philosophy of government.
There was a recent column in The Wall Street Journal suggesting that if Donald Trump would promise to resign immediately after his inauguration, we could have Mike Pence for president.
Wells Fargo has become the new poster child for corporate greed, though mismanagement might be a better criticism, and it’s not hard to see how the company achieved the honor.
I have a theory that the reason the First Amendment is first is because it is the most important; you know, freedom of speech, press, assembly and petition. So let’s hear it for the University of Chicago, where campus PC is, if not dead, at least under assault.
“Hello. My name is (complete stranger, probably in India). This conversation is being recorded to improve customer service. I’m calling on behalf of (unknown charity, political party, manufacturer of your disposal).”
Free college has become a linchpin of the Democratic campaign. It’s not very clearly defined, but who cares? Polls show that a majority of Americans support the idea, with a heavy bias toward younger folks. This shouldn’t surprise anyone — free is good.
Somewhere deep in the bowels of the Kremlin, a half-asleep apparatchik is startled to alertness as he watches Donald Trump challenge Russia to find and release Hillary Clinton’s 30,000 missing emails.
If you’re old enough to remember 1968, and I am, you ought to realize that the present state of racial relations is not as dire as it was then. Still, it is unsettling enough.
Home is where the heart is. There’s no place like it. It’s the place where, when you go there, they have to take you in. There are probably a lot more cliches about home.
There’s a theory, which I want to believe, that the reason memory fails as you get older is because there’s only so much room in your brain, and new memories shove the old ones out.
I was recently watching one of the countless news shows as the host speculated about which presidential candidate (assuming Hillary and The Donald) could win the electoral votes of which states.
There are lots of columnists out there, including, for better or worse, yours truly. You can read screeds from left and right and come away with nothing new or thoughtful or worthwhile; you can reinforce your prejudices or maybe, occasionally, let in a glimmer of a new idea.
So. Your taxes are too high, the government is incompetent and broke, and even taxing the rich at unconscionable rates won’t balance the budget, let alone reduce the debt. What to do?
I’ve speculated in the past about the possible eventual dissolution of the United States into several smaller, more logical countries. There has always been a whimsical element to this; it was a means to point out the big regional cultural differences contained between the oceans.
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