Recent Commentaries

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This House Divided
“If we could first know where we are, and whither we are tending, we could then better judge what to do, and how to do it . . . ‘A house divided against itself cannot stand.’ I believe this government cannot endure, permanently half slave and half free. I do not expect the Union to be dissolved—I do not expect...
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July 4, 2022
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Has America Lost Its Moral Compass?
In September 2009, I posted a commentary with that title with the following opening . . . “During an awards ceremony, a Rap star takes the stage away from one winner and shouts that another should have won. “A political pundit calls the President a racist. “In the middle of the President’s address to a joint session of Congress, a...
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July 1, 2022
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Who Are We?
In a Q&A session last month after a performance of the Broadway show Company, a woman in the audience was asked to put her mask back on. When she refused, singer Patti LuPone unloaded on her. “If you’re not going to follow the rules, Get The F*** Out of Here!” “I pay your salary!” the woman yelled back before she...
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June 28, 2022
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The United States vs. Donald Trump
If Attorney General Merrick Garland is looking for grounds for bringing criminal charges against Donald Trump and his allies in their attempts to overthrow the 2020 presidential election, he should begin with Tuesday’s compelling testimony from Wandrea “Shaye” Moss, a former local elections worker in Fulton County, Georgia, and end with the shocking statement Trump made to former Acting Deputy...
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June 24, 2022
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“A Clear and Present Danger,” Judge J. Michael Luttig
The House select committee investigating the attack on the Capitol on January 6 is expected to hear testimony from three top Department of Justice officials on Trump’s push to overturn 2020 election results within the department. I will be live-tweeting at 3:00pm EST and 12:00pm PST: @jimlichtman This is subject to any time change. After the third installment of the...
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June 21, 2022
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Dark Times: Past and Present – Conclusion
The third public hearing from the House Select Committee investigating the January 6 attack on the Capitol should serve as a chilling wake-up call to America. Here’s what we learned from the committee’s report, yesterday: – A former federal judge who consulted with an advisor to Mike Pence said that if the vice president obeyed Trump’s orders not to certify...
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June 17, 2022
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Dark Times: Past and Present – From McCarthy to Watergate
“The blacklist was a time of evil… [Looking] back on this time…it will do no good to search for villains or heroes or saints or devils because there were none; there were only victims.” – Dalton Trumbo, Laurel Award acceptance speech delivered to the Writers Guild of America West, April 1970. Note: I will be live-streaming, @jimlichtman, on the January 6...
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June 14, 2022
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How Frighteningly Close We Came on January 6
Tonight, at 8:00 p.m. Eastern time, the House select committee investigating the January 6 attack on the Capitol will present its case to the public. Over the next few days, the presentation will lay out a timeline of events before and after the attack took place using testimony by many with direct knowledge of events. A New York Times story...
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June 9, 2022
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What Do We Truly Value?
Thirteen mass shootings since last Friday, and while victims’ families grieve, we all continue to hear and read the same words and see the lack of meaningful actions from lawmakers: “thoughts and prayers”; moral outrage commentaries (this being one of them); bipartisan talks; and proposed water-downed bipartisan bills. According to a CBS/YouGov national poll: 81 percent of Americans favor background...
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June 7, 2022
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Extremism
America is paralyzed by mistrust and extremism. The Southern Poverty Law Center’s “Intelligence Project” has identified 488 anti-government groups around the country that flourish exploiting lies and false conspiracies. “In 2021,” the project reports, “the conspiratorial and permanently dubious view of government was pervasive, as evidence by the movement’s popularity on such issues as COVID-19 regulations, local school curriculum, the...
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June 3, 2022