September 25, 2015
Watching Vice-President Biden and Speaker Boehner chatting quietly while waiting for the Pope, MSNBC’s Chris Matthews said something like, “These two guys in a room alone could straighten out Washington fast.” I had an epiphany. Who else has the experience, the relationships with Congress, the everyman’s touch – gaffes and all – that Biden has? Certainly not the Republican front-runners, who are all amateurs. Hillary’s circle-the-wagons mentality worries me. Sanders is too much the loner. A recent poll suggests the country wants not a revolutionary but a repairman, someone who can make things work again … an ordinary Joe for extraordinary times.
September 21, 2015
The “big lie” is a term coined by Adolph Hitler to describe a lie so outrageous that no one would believe that someone "could have the impudence to distort the truth so infamously." With today’s social media, big lies go viral every ten minutes. Donald Trump jump-started his campaign with scary talk of Mexican rapists streaming across our borders. More recently, Carly Fiorina attacked Planned Parenthood based on a highly-edited video featuring unsupported allegations and images of a stillborn fetus NOT connected to any Planned Parenthood facility. Fiorina’s refusal to take back this big lie is her moment of truth.
September 15, 2015
We were in town to see a play at the Kennedy Center. Standing on the terrace looking west towards Georgetown, I remembered arriving in September 1963. Georgetown was still a bit rough around the edges. The gentry had long-ago driven out the poor folk and occupied the hilltop, but down by the river you could still find the sailor bars, as well as newer places like the Cellar Door. It was there I first got well and truly drunk. Those were the days my friend. We thought they’d never end, but by the 23rd of November the dream was gone.
September 8, 2015
Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis found herself caught between Caesar and God. She chose her religious beliefs, but rather than resign she wants to keep her job without having to do the things she objects to. Wouldn’t we all like to have that option? Like any other job, being a public servant sometimes involves carrying out policy decisions you don’t agree with. But being a public servant isn’t like any other job. Davis swore on a Bible “to support the Constitutions and laws of the United States and Kentucky … so help me God.” She can’t have it both ways.
September 3, 2015
I woke last night to the sound of Morse Code clickety-clacking in my head. I spent weeks learning to send and receive at 30 words per minute. Worked at it until I heard the dah’s and dit’s in my dreams. Got to Vietnam … never used it. Fifty years later it’s back, tapping out a message I still haven’t copied. Somewhere in there is a metaphor of my time in the Army, maybe my whole life. Trained for skills I never used, just figuring it out as I went along. You look back on it and call it a life.