I subscribe to Parabola, a remarkable little quarterly, each issue of which "has its own focus: one of the timeless themes of human existence." It seldom addresses politics, specifically, but the Spring 2013 issue, "Spirit in the World," contains a series of commentaries by Vaclev Havel, collected by Roger Lipsey. Read more about Political Repute
Just a little bit of follow-up to the election, this past week, of the first Pope Francis.
I liked him. When he came out onto the balcony, and smiled. He has a nice smile. He chose a good name. All in all, I'm about as pleased with his selection as a secular non-Catholic can possibly be. But then, I seem to have somewhat different criteria for a Pope than some of my left of the aisle colleagues. For one thing, I was not surprised to discover that he is, in fact, Catholic. Read more about Is the Pope Catholic?
1. Nothing substantial will get through the Republican House on gun safety issues.
2. Spending is not out of control. The Republican Tea Party Congress is out of control.
3. The issue is not "big government" or "small government." Neither of those positions have any substantive meaning behind them. Neither addresses the function of government vis a vis the needs of its citizens. Read more about Random Thoughts
Even I was struck a little dumb listening to President Obama's State of the Union speech on Tuesday night. Over-reaching much? I had to ask myself.
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Job creation via infrastructure upgrades?
Raising the minimum wage?
Fairness for women?
Getting cars and trucks off of oil?
Path to citizenship for undocumented workers?
Talks with Iran?
Gun safety legislation?
Pre-school for all children?
I just had one of those frustrating conversations with an acquaintance of mine who blew in here to ask if he could borrow my handtruck to help a mutual friend move. I had been trying to think of something to say in this space today, but I had left the TV on in the other room and he, noticing a story, started railing about "journalism today."
"Manti Teo," he said. "Who cares?" I said. "But don't you see that they are just filling time with the topic of the day?" he said. "Of course," I said. "That's what they do."
He told me that "the system is broken." Read more about Miscommunication
Here's three things that caught my eye this morning:
"We give up our rights one piece at a time."
CHARLIE HOUCK, a banker who attended a discussion held by Senator Joe Manchin III about gun laws in West Virginia. Read more about Speaking of Morning