Tag Archives: Political philosophy

JFK inaugural was 50 years ago today: “Ask not what your country. . .”

John F. Kennedy delivered his inaugural address 50 years ago today, a speech   many analysts believe is one of the top political speeches in our nation’s history. The most famous line:  “And so, my fellow Americans, ask not what your country … Continue reading

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Culture changing events of 2010 and what they portend for the New Year

We can’t predict the events that will change the world, grip our nation, or wrestle us and our families to the ground. As we begin 2011, the shootings in Arizona have shaken the nation’s core. No one could predict such … Continue reading

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The need to elevate political rhetoric and to better inform our grief

I find in my grieving over the senseless loss of human life and vitality at the hands of the Arizona madman a sad recognition that it will be used endlessly for political purposes. It is inevitable and has already been … Continue reading

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The Collapse of Principle: Opinions on TSA Invading Your Personal Space

If you’ve stopped to think about it, doesn’t it seem odd that the angst over TSA’s scans and pat-downs have come frequently from conservative Republicans, and justification of the actions have come from the Administration’s liberal Democrat defenders on national … Continue reading

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The Lost Lessons of Thanksgiving

Emerging from the tryptophan-induced lethargy of Thanksgiving and the fleeting stimulus of Black Friday sales stampedes I’m reflecting on two lost lessons of the first Thanksgiving and the people who celebrated it, the Puritans.  The Puritan understanding of deferred gratification. … Continue reading

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The Weekend Reading: Will SF ban circumcision?, too much tube time damaging kids’ brains, Gettysburg address, Christmas meaning

Group Calls on San Francisco to ban circumcision: I thought this was a joke. It’s true (but it’s still a joke) (CNN) — In the California city that banned Happy Meal toys,outlawed sitting on sidewalks during daylight hours and fined … Continue reading

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Economic growth reduces deficits. A bright idea

I had to stop and make sure I had really picked up the New York Times at my neighborhood Starbucks. Squinting in the brilliant sunlight of a beautiful fall afternoon, I read this bright idea on page one of the … Continue reading

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SF Mayor vetoes city council ban on Happy Meals; council may override

San Francisco, California, Mayor Gavin Newsom vetoed Friday the city’s ban on most McDonald’s Happy Meals with toys., CNN reports. “Parents, not politicians, should decide what their children eat, especially when it comes to spending their own money,” said Newsom. … Continue reading

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Machiavelli Reigns: Dirty campaigns beg the question: “Is everything fair game in American politics?

After the midterm elections and after almost any major political campaign in America, we are so disgusted by the process and suspicious of both winning and losing candidates who have been thoroughly “slimed” that we question the character of even … Continue reading

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Evangelical resurgence key part of 2010 midterm wildfire

Interesting, wasn’t it, that during the run-up to the midterm election we saw Tea Partiers bellowing from behind their placards rather than Jerry Falwell raging from the pulpit. We heard Sarah Palin’s warnings rather than D. James Kennedy’s jeremiads, or … Continue reading

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