The infamous words of the biblical Cain could readily serve as the slogan of today's Republican Party: "Am I my brother's keeper?" Their answer is identical with that implicit in the rhetorical question posed by Abel's killer. "Hell, No!"
This is a lovely, pre-holiday tale that could have captured the imagination of Charles Dickens. It is the story of a little, independent, different kind of bookshop that has served an artist and working-class community for 34 years.
The effort by junior administration officials to prevent the addition of any references to God from the speeches recorded on plaques at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial in Washington, DC, is an outrage.
Since Mitt Romney's faith has once again been injected into the national political discussion, it would behoove us to examine his personal religious values and beliefs as he himself has expressed them, rather than through the lens of stereotypes.
From this experiment and others like it, we believe in an inborn sense of fairness. But there is more: primate studies also tell us something about empathy and altruism. In contrast to inequity, which is on the rise in our society, empathy appears in decline.
No one would be foolish enough to argue that the 2012 elections will be a cakewalk for either side. It will be tough, it will be dirty, it will be expensive, and it will be close. So, what is the GOP doing to tilt this relatively level playing field to its advantage?
Isn't the whole point of winning the office of president that you can talk to the nation without others belittling what you say? I began to think of some great presidential moments and what their rebuttals might have sounded like, had they been allowed at the time.