In 1984 Governor Cuomo's speech served as a stark reminder that it is not the individuals on top that makes America great, it is our entire community. Rich or poor, we are all part of this American society and therefore we have a responsibly to each other.
One of the oddest aspects of Barack Obama's presidency is its sometimes quite strange mix of the ultra-politically correct and the anti-politically correct. They've led to some of the most crashingly boneheaded things this White House has done.
For decades now, Christians have been the "invisible or ignored victims" of conflicts in the Middle East. At best, the US has paid scant attention as once thriving communities of indigenous Christians in Palestine, Syria, Iraq and Egypt have been attacked or threatened.
Given his history and his actions thus far, there may well be a golden opportunity for Iran and the West to come to a wide-ranging agreement over Tehran's nuclear program and restore some kind of normal relations going forward.
Could President Obama's second term be marred by further revelations stemming from the NSA scandal?
While an establishment candidate benefits from institutional support and an existing army of benefactors, they usually downplay this significant asset, trying to present themselves as independent-minded. However, once insurgents are elected, they become the face card of the establishment.
The Arab Spring mattered because we were a part of it. Our technology was an enabling force. And the aspirations of those battling on the ground centered around our core values. Freedom and liberty were at stake. It was an easy narrative and an easy thrill.
The ongoing expansion of the federal government's takeover of education, dictating the day-to-day terms, by which local public schools are run, has spread with the speed of the Kudzu plant in Georgia.
Obama's slogans -- "change we can believe in" and so on -- sound like empty promises. His lofty rhetoric and certainly his Nobel Peace Prize are insults to educated people everywhere.
If you voted for Reagan, Bush senior, or George Bush Jr. or any senator or congressman who denies the reality of climate change, you must take responsibility for all of its terrible consequences.
Obama administration policy toward Syria is a slow train wreck. Unremitting pressure from war-minded elites is pushing President Barack Obama closer to military intervention in the bloody civil war. Yet getting involved would be a fool's errand.
It has become conventional thinking that bipartisanship is moribund in American politics. Recent elections of Tea Party Republicans have cemented this mindset. Ironically, the increasing partisan polarity may actually have the unintended result of effectuating a new bipartisanship.
It's a funny thing about history, y'know. Because yesterday was the 12th anniversary of George Bush ignoring the Presidential Daily Briefing that was headlined, "Bin Laden Determined to Strike in U.S."
Too much has been invested in the surveillance program, over too many years, to disavow it now and dismantle it. We must keep on protesting, but we may be stuck with Big Brother forever.
It is my view that the lamentable, endlessly recurring cycle of atrocity and counter-atrocity that has been so characteristic of human history derives significantly from the turning to metaphysical illusion in the effort to evade the traumatizing impact of human finitude.
I spoke with the Oregon Democrat about secrecy, intelligence, the Snowden case, and how to curb abuses without compromising national security.