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  • Yearning for Quiet Competence?

    Yearning for Quiet Competence?

    On President's Day, C-SPAN released a new poll of leading historians ranking America's chief executives, from the greatest, to the greatest disappointments. The top four on the list should come as no surprise—Lincoln, Washington, FDR and Theodore Roosevelt have been classified among the greats ever since such polls began in…

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  • False Charges of Anti-Semitism

    False Charges of Anti-Semitism

    The bitter divisions in American life currently stem from politics as much as from differences in race, religion or economic status. Even tightly connected subgroups endure internal conflicts over President Trump and his policies. Jewish Americans, for instance, represent less than 2 percent of the national population but that community…

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  • Why Professors Object to Being Recorded

    Why Professors Object to Being Recorded

    After the election of Donald Trump as president, a professor at Orange Coast College in California, Olga Perez Stable Cox, went into an extended hate-rant against the president-elect. Among other things, she described the Trump election as an “act of terrorism,” labelled him a “white supremacist” and called Vice-President-Elect Mike…

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  • American Miracles and President’s Day

    American Miracles and President’s Day

    On the eve of Civil War, Abraham Lincoln concluded his First Inaugural Address with two sentences of incandescent eloquence: “Though passion may have strained it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battlefield and patriot grave to every living heart and hearthstone…

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  • Audi and Snoop Dogg During the Super Bowl

    The exciting recent Super Bowl meant that fans paid more attention to the game than to the commercials. But there were some doozies, including the 84 Lumber commercial that sympathetically depicted a Latina mother and her young daughter trying to cross the border and enter America, only to encounter a…

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  • John F. Kennedy: What Would He Think of His Party?

    President Ronald Reagan said: “I didn't leave the Democratic Party. The party left me.” Actor and former president of the National Rifle Association Charlton Heston, who called himself a “Kennedy Democrat,” switched to the Republican Party after the 1960s. On racial preferences, JFK, in 1963, said he opposed them: “I…

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  • Democrats: Doomed by Internal Contradictions

    Democrats: Doomed by Internal Contradictions

    To understand why they lost the election to Trump and the Republicans, stunned Democrats must come to terms with the internal contradictions in their party's policies and personalities. On a policy level, Democrats tell the voters that the government is corrupt, and slanted toward the rich and powerful, even while…

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  • Audi: The Car for the Unhappy Woman

    Audi: The Car for the Unhappy Woman

    In the Audi Super Bowl ad, a male voice in grave tones says: “What do I tell my daughter? “Do I tell that her grandpa is worth more than her grandma? “That her dad is worth more than her mom? “Do I tell her that despite her education, her drive,…

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