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What Happens When You Declare War On Yourself?

(0) Comments | Posted November 21, 2014 | 9:05 AM

In the truest sense of bipartisanship, the idiocy of the debate on the Keystone pipeline is convincing enough evidence that seriousness of thought, statesmanship, vision, wisdom, long-term thinking, rationality and responsibility for future generations has no place in the United States Senate when it comes to the seminal issue facing...

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Play to Pay

(0) Comments | Posted November 4, 2014 | 11:36 AM

Okay Americans, Election Day is today and it is time to put up or shut up. This is your chance to provide the spark that is needed to jump start a political battery that is dead. And if you do not play your role in the electoral drama about to...

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The LA County Supervisor's Race Is a Big Deal

(0) Comments | Posted November 2, 2014 | 8:06 PM

So how big a deal is it being a Los Angeles County Supervisor? It is a pretty big deal. I recall when I worked for the U.S. Senate Budget Committee during the 1980s and we held a hearing on intergovernmental transfers from the Federal government to state governments, back during...

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The Latest Religious War

(0) Comments | Posted October 10, 2014 | 5:15 PM

Bill Maher is only half wrong and if he had only kept some consistency in his reasoning and logic there would be no controversy over the extent to which Islam is more or less violent than any other religion. Liberals by and large tolerate if not applaud his broadsides at...

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The Latest Religious War

(0) Comments | Posted October 10, 2014 | 5:14 PM

Bill Maher is only half wrong and if he had only kept some consistency in his reasoning and logic there would be no controversy over the extent to which Islam is more or less violent than any other religion. Liberals by and large tolerate if not applaud his broadsides at...

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Walk and Chew Gum? Yes We Can

(0) Comments | Posted September 25, 2014 | 8:30 PM

The latest Middle Eastern incursion only serves as a distraction from the pressing issue facing mankind: namely, a fast approaching calamity the likes of which we as a species have never seen and are incapable of defeating. We are essentially declaring war on the planet, and the planet will win....

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Take the Time to Make the Right Decision

(1) Comments | Posted September 7, 2014 | 2:48 AM

Barack Obama is facing one of the most difficult decisions of his presidency, one that will have profound consequences for not only this nation but for humankind as he sorts through options on how to deal with ISIS or ISIL. Let's hope that contemplation wins out over retaliation.

One...

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Who Can't Handle the Truth?

(0) Comments | Posted August 23, 2014 | 2:04 PM

Second guessing and outsmarting ourselves has become a booming industry. Consultants and crisis communications specialists have become indispensable weapons in the war to sway public opinion. In many instances, however, efforts to manage crises actually make the situation worse. A clear example of this is the disastrous handling of the...

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You Break It, You Bought It!

(0) Comments | Posted August 8, 2014 | 7:58 PM

I opposed Iraq 1 and as a Virginia resident told Senator Chuck Robb that I could never again cast a vote for him because of his support for that adventure. I vehemently opposed Iraq 2 as an overreaction to 9/11 based on flimsy evidence at best to justify intervention that...

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Dismiss the Ditz

(0) Comments | Posted July 15, 2014 | 4:25 AM

It is easy to lambast the media for lavishing the unconscionable amount of attention to discredited figures like former Vice President Dick Cheney on topics like war and foreign policy, but as a lifelong Democrat and supporter of Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012, I am totally flabbergasted that I...

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A Question of Morality

(0) Comments | Posted July 11, 2014 | 3:58 PM

Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses, yearning to breath free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore, Send these, the homeless, tempest tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door

If ever there were words that could better capture the essence and the hope...

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Howard Baker, A Lion That Roared

(0) Comments | Posted July 3, 2014 | 12:31 PM

I wrote this piece last week upon hearing of the passing of former Senator Howard Baker and have refined it several times in order to make sure I pay appropriate homage to the man and the institution he so ably served. He played a pivotal role in the wake of...

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Thad Cochran's Near (Ole) Miss

(0) Comments | Posted June 26, 2014 | 3:32 PM

As a lifelong Democrat and one who considers himself progressive and liberal in his political leanings, the recent U.S. Senate runoff in Mississippi presents a philosophical conflict that is difficult to square. I can only imagine the angst of the state's African-American population when faced with the notion of actually...

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War and Peace

(1) Comments | Posted June 21, 2014 | 4:04 PM

There is a vibrant public dialogue in the country at the moment that is focused on finger pointing and recriminations leveled wildly about exactly who is responsible for the dramatic collapse of Iraq; Bush '43 Administration officials blaming Obama, Democrats in general blaming the W's Administration for the deceitful pretenses...

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Why Can't the Media Just Ignore Dick Cheney?

(12) Comments | Posted June 19, 2014 | 9:18 AM

It is said that you cannot teach an old dog new tricks. Unfortunately in politics one of the oldest tricks in the book is to say and do something so insulting to the common sense and intelligence of the opposition that they completely abandon reason and strike back in an...

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The Irrepressible Maya Angelou

(0) Comments | Posted June 6, 2014 | 5:57 PM

In light of tomorrow's memorial service for Dr. Maya Angelou at Wake Forest University, I wanted to share a personal experience I had with her a decade ago that exemplified her irrepressible drive and indomitable spirit. At the Democratic National Convention in Boston in 2004, Maya Angelou gave a speech...

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Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

(1) Comments | Posted May 22, 2014 | 6:20 PM

There is currently unfolding a scandal perpetrated by an individual whose rather dubious history for gotcha journalism ought to cast a large shadow over the veracity of his characterizations and heighten suspicion over the quality of his work. James O'Keefe is best known for his efforts to discredit ACORN, the...

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The Value of Vets and Public Service

(1) Comments | Posted May 20, 2014 | 4:16 PM

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In my new book, The Evolution of a Revolution, I discuss the dysfunctional state of affairs that has slowly strangled our democracy like a snake paralyzing its prey. It has been a steady and debilitating asphyxiation that has been aided by...

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The Ignorance of Denial

(1) Comments | Posted May 13, 2014 | 9:56 AM

Ignorance is no excuse. In my early life this was a maxim that was drilled into my brain by parents and teachers alike. It was a call to examination of facts, exploration of differences among cultures, religions, and basically human beings, and it was intended to encourage one to question...

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Whose Voices Are These?

(0) Comments | Posted April 25, 2014 | 10:55 AM

I am by nature a very optimistic soul, enthusiastic about positive things to look forward to and look back upon and confident that somehow we humans will resort to reason, creativity and the better interests of all concerned as we face the challenges and crises before us. Essentially we have...

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