Babbling Brooks

I have now and again cited David Brooks, whom I read in The New York Times and see on PBS news, for sometimes reaching absurd conclusions, such has his apparent approval of Donald Trump as a political gadfly, as well as other occasional rationalizations of pro-Republican idiocy. Actually, I have some sympathy for his analytic […]

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No Trump

Isn’t it time for the media to stop giving a second’s worth of time or an inch of space to Donald Trump as a candidate for president?  Is there no idiocy that our so-called journalists will not pursue for a headline? Trump has no intention of actually running for president and is simply using the […]

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Of This and That

I expect it from men, but few things look and sound more ugly than a loudmouthed woman wearing a baseball cap, bellowing with raucous laughter in a sports bar. Most members of Congress seem so dumb because they are. The current state of American democracy makes the best case for other forms of government. Do […]

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Left with Frustration

Many people on the political left are frustrated, including me. We are frustrated with hearing liberal arguments and points of view with which we agree, only to realize that their proponents have no practical ideas and/or no will to enable action to promote their beliefs. Tom Friedman and President Obama are unfortunately good examples. Friedman […]

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America the Exceptional

The notion of “exceptionalism” in the United States has come to mean that we are a nation of such far-above-the-norm excellence socially, politically and economically compared with the other countries of the world, that “our way” deserves their admiration of, if not their allegiance to, our policies and pronouncements. And those in America who might […]

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Rules for a Revolution

Having spent four days in Cairo during the mass protests that have led to the ousting of Hosni Mubarak, I would like to offer some observations regarding how, as a tourist — particularly a Jew with an American passport — one should behave during a Muslim revolution against a corrupt and repressive government. I do […]

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The Giant Hobglobin

“Foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds,” said Ralph Waldo Emerson. He might just as well have been talking about John Mara, co-owner of the New York Giants football team, who is preparing a new contract for Tom Coughlin, their head coach, because, said Mara, the Giants believe in consistency. What consistency is he […]

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The Giant Hobgoblin

“Foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds,” said Ralph Waldo Emerson.  He might just as well have been talking about John Mara, co-owner of the New York Giants football team, who is preparing a new contract for Tom Coughlin, their head coach, because, said Mara, the Giants believe in consistency. What consistency is he […]

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