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Taking a Privilege

March 19, 2020


I am taking a privilege today to tell you about a forthcoming visit to the University by Ambassador Lino Gutiérrez, former U. S ambassador to both Nicaragua and Argentina. He served as U. S. ambassador to Nicaragua from 1996-1999 and as ambassador to Argentina from 2003-2006. Ambassadors hold the highest foreign service assignment to the […]

Woke Up

February 23, 2020


Now that Chick Fil A has caved to the LGBTQ community by withdrawing support for the Salvation Army and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, I think we seriously need to examine other companies and organizations with our “woke” sensitivities to sexism, systemic racism, homophobia, police brutality, misogynism and other isms destroying our country. This occurred […]

Liberty and Equality

November 28, 2019


It seems to me that we are guaranteed two rights, liberty and equality, in the founding instruments of our republic, the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. There are other rights, like the freedom of religion, and principles, like government as Abraham Lincoln phrased it, “of the people, by the people, and for the people” […]

Did the English Get It Right?

August 26, 2019


As usual, something reminded me of a historical phenomenon we need to reexamine: the old British empire and its legacy to the world. The recent outbreak of mass demonstrations in Hong Kong aimed at the China’s center of political power in Beijing recalled the historical period of the British empire which governed over a significant […]

Contextualizing the Past

August 20, 2019


One of my wife’s cousins, Sheffield Hale, is dealing with one of the most delicate issues in modern society over in Atlanta these days. He’s the director of the Atlanta History Center and so is at the epicenter of what to do with the remnants of our Civil War tucked into our history. In the […]

Everything Free, Flatulent Cows, and No More Airplanes

August 17, 2019


I started to make a note of what some politicians are arguing for today and eventually had to run to the Internet to keep track of all the fantastic changes we can look forward to in the next ten years. In the spirit of Lewis Grizzard, I offer the following examination of the truly astounding […]

Freedom of Religion and the Establishment Clause. What Do They Say?

May 26, 2019


Freedom of Religion and the Establishment Clause. What do they say? The First Amendment to the Constitution reads: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to […]

Dancing Around Anti-Semitism

May 26, 2019


Dancing Around Anti-Semitism The recent, and some not so recent, remarks by our two new Muslim Congresswomen, Rashida Tlaib from Michigan and Ilhan Omar from Minnesota, has raised a hullaballoo among many politicians, both Democrats and Republicans. The issue is portrayed as the Muslim desire to eradicate the state of Israel in favor of a […]

The Significance of Work in Our Nation

January 19, 2019


I am going to do something I don’t do too often in our column, which is to plug a good book. I am not speaking of the Bible, the ultimate “Good Book,” which I refer to often and use as my instructional guide. But the book I am referring to has a lot of Biblical […]

Democratic Socialism

September 16, 2018


Now that have once again turned to socialism for answers to how we should organize ourselves as a people, it may be useful to examine the history of socialism, no matter how cursorily. Let’s start with what the new wave of socialists in this country like to call their profession: democratic socialism. Why do that? […]