The Worst President at the Worst Time

May 14, 2020

A “perfect storm” is an overused expression that often describes what happens when a whole lot of things go wrong at the same time to create a disastrous situation or outcome. Welcome to America in the time of the coronavirus pandemic. If it is possible to have a tsunami of perfect...

As President, Donald Trump Has a Duty

April 08, 2020

In a recent press briefing, US President Donald Trump was asked why he hadn’t ordered the federal government to do more to respond to the pleas of state governors for more help in fighting the coronavirus pandemic now ravaging some of their states and exhausting their limited...

The Donald Trump Show

November 26, 2019

French King Louis XV reputedly said, “Après moi, le déluge.” (“After me, the flood.”) Whether that line was really his or not remains unclear, but not long after his death did come the French Revolution. We should be so lucky! Our all-American version of Louis XV, Donald I, is...

The GOP’s Sinister New Nationalism

August 02, 2019

The worst thing you could be in the Soviet Union in the late 1940s was a “rootless cosmopolitan.” The epithet sometimes came with a death sentence. The Soviet Communist Party, under the strong guiding hand of Joseph Stalin, had long turned its back on the internationalism of its founders and...

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Will Donald Trump Bring Change to America?

November 13, 2016

We cannot fault the American people for believing that Donald Trump might, this time, represent a change. I spent the night of November 8 consoling my mother, increasingly befuddled as she was enraged, that things are not as bad as they may appear, with the map of the United States turning...

This is Not TV: Donald Trump Elected President

November 09, 2016

The world is yet to see what a Trump America will look like. Will he be a people’s president? From the moment Donald J. Trump announced his candidacy for president in 2015, people in America and around the globe snickered at the prospect of a billionaire reality TV personality with a crude...