Crime is falling, fear is not

Mobile, AL. — Listening to some campaign commercials, I’m swept into the 2013 horror film, “The Purge” — which portrays a terrifying evening of violent crime. Here in Trump country, politicians running for posts from sheriff to attorney general are pledging to bring an end to what the president has infamously called “American carnage.” Steve […]

This is child abuse

It’s not over. President Donald J. Trump has finally caved to wide-ranging pressure, including pleas from his wife, Melania, and daughter, Ivanka, and ended the vicious policy of separating children from their parents at the border. The crisis will recede from view as journalists move on to other political outrages and members of Congress lapse […]

Even liberal whites may have prejudices

My nine-year-old is already a big fan of Starbucks. Like many large American corporations, the company starts early to recruit its customer base, offering kid-friendly drinks. Carly likes the hot chocolate with a buttered croissant. I’ve never been enthusiastic about wretchedly overpriced coffee — my daughter was introduced to Starbucks by a friend — and […]

Paul Ryan’s tarnished reputation

If House Speaker Paul Ryan believes he can still save his reputation, he is sadly mistaken. Historians — and voters — will remember him as one of the once-bright stars of the Republican Party (and there are several) who was irreparably tarnished by his association with President Donald J. Trump. When Ryan made the surprising […]

How Russia invaded the US

Earlier this week, an Uzbek national named Sayfullo Saipov, apparently unhappy with his life here and radicalized by watching ISIS videos, allegedly plowed a rental truck into a busy bike path in Manhattan, mowing down as many cyclists and pedestrians as he could, killing eight and injuring at least a dozen more. That’s the sort […]

Working-class whites get conned

On Tuesday (Oct. 24), Sen. Jeff Flake, Republican of Arizona, delivered a stunning rebuke of President Donald J. Trump, excoriating his isolationism, his divisiveness, his disregard for truth, his debasement of democracy, his “reckless, outrageous and undignified behavior.” The speech by Flake, a longtime critic of Trump, added to the catalog of recent denunciations of […]

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. Trump. He misses no opportunity to […]