Trump’s phony patriotism

For twelve days after four U.S. Special Forces soldiers were ambushed in Niger, President Donald Trump said nothing publicly about their deaths. He didn’t mention their bravery. He didn’t acknowledge their sacrifice. He didn’t allude to the deadliest combat episode of his presidency. However, … Click here to continue --->

Trump goes after contraceptives

Margaret Atwood’s 1985 novel fantasizing a theocratic coup in the United States, “The Handmaid’s Tale,” is enjoying a resurgence in popularity. The book rocketed to the top of bestseller lists shortly after the inauguration of President Donald J. Trump, and last spring, Hulu, the streaming … Click here to continue --->

This is American exceptionalism

On Aug. 1, 1966, Charles Whitman opened a peculiarly American chapter in the history of violent deaths. Mowing down unsuspecting students and tourists from a tower at the University of Texas in Austin, Whitman pioneered the era of mass shootings in this country. He killed 15 people and injured 31 … Click here to continue --->

Donald Trump divides us

We are a nation at war with itself, cleaved in two by racial, ethnic and cultural differences, each side convinced of its own righteousness. These tumultuous times cry out for a leader of wisdom and maturity, patience and moderation, vision and moral clarity. Instead, we have President Donald J. … Click here to continue --->

Alabama’s Senate race a farce

In 1991, a political wit came up with a bumper sticker to persuade his fellow Louisianans of the importance of keeping Ku Klux Klansman David Duke out of the governor’s office: “Vote for the crook. It’s important.” Duke’s opponent was the notoriously corrupt Edwin Edwards, whose main … Click here to continue --->