January 2017

The List

On Friday (Jan. 27), President Trump followed through on one of his signature campaign promises.

One year ago, this month (Jan. 20), I wrote about candidate Trump’s planned Muslim ban (Fact-Checking a Reader, which has elicited additional response since Friday). Here’s what Trump … Read More

Make America Civil Again – Conclusion

On March 4, 1865, near the end of a Civil War that divided the nation like no other in our history, President Abraham Lincoln stood to deliver his second inaugural address.

Lincoln understood that the reconstruction of the South – both physically and emotionally – … Read More

Make America Civil Again – Part 2

courtesy Dan Piraro, Bizarro.com

Waiting at a small regional airport for a connecting flight, I passed through the security area and am sitting in the lounge waiting for the plane to load when another passenger, carrying two large bags, approaches the security check point.

This … Read More

Make America Civil Again – Part 1

ci·vil·i·ty

formal politeness and courtesy in behavior and speech.

courtesy Dan Piraro, Bizarro.com

Last year, civility took a beating – from rallies to street protestors; from road rage to political rage. Civility was pushed to the back of the bus, and shouted down every time … Read More

Not Going Away

While President-elect Donald Trump announced that his sons will run his company but make no new foreign deals, problems already exist.

“At the Wednesday press conference where Mr. Trump described the company’s new structure,” The Wall Street Journal writes (Jan. 14), “he also said he … Read More

“Disgraceful”

Last week, President-elect Donald Trump held his first press conference since being elected. While the meeting was supposed to allow Mr. Trump to lay out his proposal on how he will unravel himself from his many conflict of interest issues, the conversation quickly turned to … Read More

No one in modern American politics has used social media to influence an audience better than Donald Trump. His tool of choice: Twitter – the technological equivalent of a 1770 broadside.

Long before he ran for president, Trump would use social media to preen before … Read More