Other Commentaries

Keep community health centers open

It is true that we are in a very divisive political environment. Debate on health care is one issue that everyone relates to in some way which can bring out impassioned reactions. This reaction is likely because health care is also one issue that has a real impact on everyone’s life ...

The power of the FBI

Martha Stewart went to jail, and Michael Flynn is dangling on the hook thanks to 18 United States Code Section 1001(a), which permits a person to be criminally charged for concealing or covering up a material fact or making any materially false representation or making or using a false writing ...

Jones delivers normal, grown up speech

Contrary to what my beloved junior high coach taught us, defeat does not build character. However, defeat can often reveal character. So, too, can victory reveal character, as it seemed to do late on a December Tuesday night in a raucous ballroom at the Sheraton Birmingham Hotel. There we ...

Showtime vs. Christianity

The Golden Globe Awards nominations have been announced, and once again, the Hollywood judges really know how to find the worst junk to honor. Two nominations went to stay-classy Showtime’s program called “SMILF,” which stands for “Single Mother I’d Like to F—-.” The show’s ...

Terror-inspired horror: Here we go again

For the second time in two months, someone who has pledged allegiance to the Islamic State has plotted to kill innocents in New York City and has executed his plot. According to police, at the height of the Monday morning rush hour this week, in an underground pedestrian walkway that I have ...

Distractions obscure Trump wins

Side issues — some of them created by the president himself — have obscured the accomplishments of the Donald Trump administration during his first year in office. The economy is the most obvious one. From anemic growth in the previous administration, it is now growing at around 3 ...

Still dawdling over deadly diversity visas

Capitol Hill’s national security priorities are screwier than a Six Flags roller coaster. Instead of immediately shutting down one of America’s stupidest visa programs, which helped bring us yet another murder-minded jihadist this week, bipartisan Beltway politicians are pushing to ...

GOP Civil War would benefit Dems

With Doug Jones’ victory in Alabama, Democrats now have at least a plausible path to winning control of the U.S. Senate in the 2018 elections. It’s a difficult path to be sure, but it could happen. The first step will be for Democrats to successfully defend all of their Senate incumbents ...

Tax reform could be GOP’s Obamacare

Will the tax reform effort be the GOP’s version of Obamacare? I don’t know, and neither does anyone else. We have little idea what the final legislation will look like, and even if we did, it’s hard to predict its overall effect. But there are some similarities already, starting with ...

No king but Caesar

In September 1862, a group of Chicago ministers sent a “memorial” (or long letter) to President Abraham Lincoln in which they made a theological argument for the elimination of slavery. Lincoln had also heard from Southern clergy who used the same scriptures to justify slavery’s ...

Don’t cry for outgoing Sen. Al Franken

In the wake of a growing pile of sexual misconduct accusations, Sen. Al Franken, Comedian of Minnesota, was pressed by a majority of Senate Democrats to resign. When the number of accusers reached a critical mass, “They turned on one of their party’s most popular figures with stunning ...

Francisco Franco and the 2018 Republicans

To understand the discouraging plight for Republicans heading into the 2018 midterm elections, it might help to recall a joke popular in Spain in 1975, when Generalissimo Francisco Franco, that nation’s long-ruling and ruthless dictator, lingered for endless weeks on his ...

Israel: Trump puts fact ahead of fiction

The most exhausting thing about the Middle East — except for the bloodshed, poverty, tyranny, etc. — is that it refuses to conform to how it’s described in the West. It’s like journalists, diplomats and politicians want to announce a football game, but the players keep insisting on ...

Jerusalem: The Eternal City

We are told that President Trump is ready to move the United States Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The threats from around the world, including locally, are pouring in faster than a burst dam. How absolutely ridiculous! Every country in the world gets to name its capital. Jerusalem has ...

Brian Ross should be fired

When you’re the source for “breaking news” but it turns out to be “faking news,” you’re in trouble. ABC News “chief investigative correspondent” Brian Ross reported on retired Army Gen. Michael Flynn’s plea deal with special counsel Robert Mueller by claiming that Flynn is ...

Politicians selective on when debt, deficits matter

If you’re a normal person who pays attention to politics, you’d be forgiven for thinking that Washington can’t decide whether deficits are bad or not. Well, I have one easy trick that will help you make sense of it all. In Washington, when you hear people complain that this or that ...

The nutball the Neocons wanted in NATO

Even interventionists are regretting some of the wars into which they helped plunge the United States in this century. Among those wars are Afghanistan and Iraq, the longest in our history; Libya, which was left without a stable government; Syria’s civil war, a six-year human rights ...

The real target of Republican tax bills: Feds, Eds and Meds bloat

Are the current Republican tax bills, passed by the House and Senate and being reconciled in conference committee, an attack on “feds, eds and meds”? That’s a reference to the government, health care and education jobs that local Democrats in Dayton, Ohio, told Sen. Sherrod Brown have ...

Woman was first to disclose Pearl Harbor

There are events in history that no one alive will ever forget. But time moves on and those who will never forget eventually leave this earth. The rest of us know it only from the history books. One of those events was the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Only a handful of Americans alive ...