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What Stands Before Us
Embed from Getty Images In 1941, as President Roosevelt remained reluctant to enter the war in Europe, Prime Minister Winston Churchill was dining with U.S. Ambassador John Gilbert Winant discussing England’s fate. Listening to the BBC, the radio station announced that the Japanese had attacked American ships at Pearl Harbor. Within minutes, Churchill received a phone call from FDR confirming...
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February 24, 2021
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Two Accomplishments We Should Be Celebrating
It is sad to watch so much attention focused on events in Washington brought about by one individual at the cost of learning about the thousands of talented individuals responsible for the many accomplishments that should be receiving more attention. The latest generation of mars rovers, Perseverance, successfully landed on the surface of Mars. NASA reports, “The largest, most advanced...
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February 22, 2021
The Darkness
“It is written I should be loyal to the nightmare of my choice.” – Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness The poison that is Donald Trump has so deeply infected followers that they forcefully speak out against any unfaithful Republican who dares speak against him much less hold him accountable for the attack on the Capitol. Embed from Getty Images Here’s...
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February 19, 2021
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Devotion to Doing What’s Right
Lost in the turmoil and headlines reporting the impeachment trial of former President Trump, one story was all but buried. However, when an announcement was made on the floor of the Senate that Capitol Police officer Eugene Goodman would receive a Congressional Gold Medal for his courage and quick thinking in diverting insurrectionists away from the Senate chamber, Senators on...
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February 17, 2021
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On This Presidents’ Day: A Truism and a Warning
With Saturday’s verdict by the Senate to acquit former President Donald Trump of inciting the attack on the Capitol, it’s more evident than ever that the Republican Party is on a ventilator and they are — for the foreseeable future — likely to willfully remain in a Trump coma. Any additional words I might use to describe a party that...
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February 15, 2021
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I Speak for the Preservation of the Union
“A nation which has forgotten the quality of courage which in the past has been brought to public life is not as likely to insist upon or reward that quality in its chosen leaders today…” – Senator John F. Kennedy, Profiles in Courage In the first chapter of Kennedy’s book he writes, “… a member of the [President’s] Cabinet had...
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February 12, 2021
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It’s Time
“…to live with integrity, it is sometimes necessary to take that difficult step – to get involved – to fight openly for what one believes to be true and right and good, even when there is risk to oneself.” – Stephen Carter, Integrity Republican Representatives Liz Cheney, Adam Kinzinger, and Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse unquestionably meet that standard. This is...
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February 10, 2021
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The Connection We All Need
Everything about the Super Bowl is big. From its name to the fans, and the ads, the Super Bowl has become the theatrical event of American sports. A thirty-second ad in last year’s Super Bowl cost $5.6 million, but more than 100 million viewers watched it. This year’s ads covered everything from lemons falling from the sky for Bud Light...
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February 8, 2021
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Standing at the Alamo of Decency and Democracy
According to folklore, a man approached the Jewish sage Hillel the Elder with a proposal: If he could explain the principles of his faith in a single sentence the man would convert to Judaism. Hillel responded, “What is hateful to thee, do not unto thy fellow man; this is the whole Law the rest is mere commentary.” During the attack...
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February 4, 2021
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Phil Connors (morose): OK, campers, rise and shine, and don’t forget your booties cause it’s cold out there. It’s cold out there every day. Every year…EVERY year, I unplug from the world’s problems, take a few hours, and watch Bill Murray in Groundhog Day repeat himself over and over until he finally abandons his self-centered ego and enjoys living a...
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February 2, 2021

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