January 2020

“Common sense is not so common.” – Voltaire

“I think we’ve made our case,” White House counsel Pat Cipollone said. “All you need in this case is the Constitution and your common sense.” The case before the Senate is about Principle vs. Loyalty; the principles … Read More

“As long as the world shall last there will be wrongs, and if no man objected and no man rebelled, those wrongs would last forever.” – Clarence Darrow

This is a case about truth and lies; right and wrong. At the conclusion of the White … Read More

After all the denials and a White House dream team of TV star lawyers who have stated in their opening arguments on Saturday that President Trump’s purpose in withholding aid to Ukraine had not been conditioned on an investigation into former Vice-President Joe Biden, his … Read More

Yesterday, I posted the first of a two-part interview, conducted on January 3, with U.S. Rep. (D) Salud Carbajal who represents California’s 24th District. Along with his committee assignments in congress, Carbajal is part of another vital group in our nation’s capital. You’re part of Read More

U.S. Representative Salud Carbajal (D) represents California’s 24th District. A former Marine, he currently serves on the House Armed Services Committee, Budget Committee, and Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. Our interview took place on January 3rd. I began by asking about new information regarding the Ukraine … Read More

Sign of the Times

I beg your indulgence. Due to my watching the opening impeachment arguments in the Senate — to be used in a future commentary — I am postponing my interview with a U.S. congressman until Thursday.

Discussing sign stealing in college football, Miami University coach Chuck … Read More

As I write this commentary, I’m watching Chief Justice John Roberts ask all 100 Senators to stand and take a special oath for the Impeachment Trial of President Trump. “Do you solemnly swear that in all things appertaining to the trial of the impeachment of Read More

(With apologies to Stephen Vincent Benét) It’s a story they tell about a land that occupied the smallest place in a once powerful nation.

Now, all that power was concentrated in one spot and one group whose fear of losing their authority was so great … Read More

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”   — George Santayana, Spanish philosopher

At the most critical juncture of the Cuban Missile Crisis, President Kennedy was facing the very real possibility of nuclear war with Russia. In a speech to the American … Read More

A Little Compassion; a Lot of Joy

Note: Will return on Monday with an analysis of the U.S./Iran crisis. Eleven-year old Ruby Chitsey was not like most sixth graders who were into sports and pageantry. “If you don’t do those things in rural Arkansas,” Ruby’s mother, Amanda Chitsey said, “you are really … Read More