Published: July 26, 2019

By Jim Lichtman
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Thank God It’s Vacation time!

While the media continues to give this President the attention he craves, I’m unplugging from it all.

In the meantime, I’ve selected some of the most popular commentaries. From the Philippines to Saudi Arabia; from the Netherlands to the United States, all continue to receive strong interest. I’ll return after Labor Day.

The Mueller Report, Part 2.  No surprise here. While this was a three-part commentary, part two seems to be the most popular at almost 800 hits in the last three months.

The Lifeboat Dilemma, from 2012, continues to rank high on my list and while it’s an interesting story based on a real incident, I never would have thought it would receive all the attention it has.

July 4, 1776 Was Not Independence Day, with over 100 hits in the last three months, it continues high on the list.

Justice v. Compassion is another commentary that comes from 2012 and grew out of conversation about bullying with ethics students at New Hampshire Technical Institute.

No Place for Haters revisits President Ronald Reagan’s 1984 speech about tolerance and the president’s admonition that We must never remain silent in the face of bigotry.”

Returning to Hadleyville discusses the principled actions of Marshall Will Kane from the 1952 Western, High Noon.

From two months ago, This is What Civic Virtue Looks Like received almost 300 hits in a single day proving that positive stories can generate interest. This was followed closely by Dennis Haines personal and harrowing account, That Night in Vietnam… and All Those that Followed, and how his life, literally, changed in a flash. One of my favorites and I’m happy to report that it received 130 hits in one day.

The oldest commentary that is viewed comes from April 2009, Why Be Ethical? and the personal example of Johnson & Johnson chairman, James Burke. Another one of my favorites.

You’ve Got to Be Kidding? about the Goldie Hawn/Curt Russell film, Overboard, explores an interesting question: “Does Repeated Exposure to Popular Media Strengthen Moral Intuitions?” Short answer, plenty!

Finally, in the category of inspiration, Stand Tall; Never Quit; Drive On! shares Gen. Hal Moore’s extraordinary leadership skills.


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