America
September 9, 2018

Item 23 – Sep 2018

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SYMPTOMS OF BANANA-REPUBLIC INFECTION (…are beginning to affect everyday America) Our country seems to be showing symptoms of banana-republic infection these days, and it’s beginning to affect everyday America. For one thing, voter anger and disgust at the political gridlock

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August 22, 2018

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DON’T CARE MUCH FOR OTHERS’ CONSPIRACY THEORIES (…so trying our hand at coming up with one of our own) There are all sorts of wild conspiracy theories floating around these days, especially on the Internet, and in what some call

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August 22, 2018

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REFLECTIONS (on yet another of those Fourth of July’s) It’s another Fourth of July, as we greet it with our usual American excessive bombast for it with…parades…choral fanfares…grandstanding oratory from elected officials…booming fireworks…neatly packaged with patriotic displays of red, white,

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July 2, 2018

Item 18 – Jun 2018

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STILL SEARCHING FOR ITS PLACE… (in this new world order of things) America’s transition from its global preeminence in the 20th century, into this 21st one, has not been easy. Even as we approach the quarter cdentury of it, America

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June 15, 2018

Item 17 – 2018

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TIPTOEING FORWARD… (…into some semblance of peaceful co-existence) Regardless of his twitter-feed style of personal invective and incivility, President Trump must be given credit for his performance at the recent historic summit meeting in Singapore with North Korea’s leader Kim

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May 16, 2018

Item 13 – May 2018

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ETERNAL VIGILANCE IS THE PRICE OF LIBERTY… (…and it’s not just against external threats) A rather disturbing item showed up in our mailbox the other day. It was a particularly partisan political solicitation for support couched in very extreme terms.

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May 10, 2018

Item 12 – May 2018

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RESETTING THE NORMS FOR INTERNATIONAL DEAL-MAKING… (…by threats of economic blunderbuss blasts and corrosive quick-lime invectives for emphasis) President Trump’s executive order to withdraw from the Iranian nuclear deal has reset the norms for international deal-making. Rather than applying conventional

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May 10, 2018

Item 11 – May 2018

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BLESSED BE THE PEACE MAKERS… (if their guiding light is true…not false) Sixty-eight years ago I grew old, at twenty two, having been dumped helter-skelter as a three-striper with a bunch of 18-19 year old kids I had never seen

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March 14, 2018

Item 4 – Mar 2018

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IT MIGHT JUST BE AN INVITATION TO ANOTHER DIPLOMATIC GAVOTTE.. (…and may not otherwise achieve any kind of meaningful outcome) Even when it occurs in its most byzantine and convoluted form, diplomacy generally is preferable to outright conflict, especially if

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March 8, 2018

Item #2- Feb 2018

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REFLECTIONS ON PRESIDENTS’ DAY (…and our abandonment of the ideals they tried to set for us) Old George and Honest Abe must be rolling in their graves about what we have become as a society and nation today, having apparently

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