Sieg Heil?

So much is coming so fast it’s hard to keep track. Readers of this column already know of my disdain for Donald Trump.

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That Pesky Magna Carta, June 15, 1215

After William the Conqueror won the Battle of Hastings in 1066, he consolidated power and had it pretty good. He could do “whatever the hell he wanted.” Kill a serf? Why not. Plunder a village?...

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An Amicus Pleading

Holmes wrote: “Great cases like hard cases make bad law.” The 14th Amendment Trump qualifications case making its way to you is certainly one of those.

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Just Say No

The Iowa caucuses are coming soon, then the primaries, and we see warnings increase that Donald Trump might be elected president for the second time. He still says it would actually be the third time,...

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At Least Canute Learned

Canute the Great, King of England, Denmark, Norway, Scotland and parts of Sweden, from 95 AD to 1035 AD, did some great things, ending Viking attacks on Britain, lowering taxes, and broadening the rule of...

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Dear Mr. Chief Justice,

What a Term the Court has had, and what a finish! I write as a citizen who understands and reveres the Supreme Court in its role in our system of government. And equally, a citizen...

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Once Upon A Time In America

I wrote my first Common Sense piece 20 months ago and quoted the movie, Risky Business, in which Miles said to Tom Cruise (Joel), “Sometimes you gotta say What the F***!” Some important things have...

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You Don’t Have To Be A Weatherman

…to know which way the wind is blowing. That’s Bob Dylan’s wisdom. Holmes’ famous quotation says the same thing, differently: “The life of the law has not been logic; it has been experience.”

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Mene, Mene, Tekel UParsin

Those Aramaic words come from the Biblical Book of Daniel, and they’re colloquially known as the handwriting on the wall. Belshazzar, King of Babylonia, was so frightened by them that he soiled his pants and...

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Can The Center Hold?

We have been here before. In the 19th century we had a civil war about deeply felt divisions. Abraham Lincoln, correctly revered as an American leader, wanted to avoid exactly this.

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Only We Can Fix It

“Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.”

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Time to Choose

“Approximately 1,200 Cubans left Havana this morning. Approximately 700 turned back due to severe weather. 350 are presumed dead. 137 are in custody in Miami, seeking asylum. With the clothes on their back they came...

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Moral Leadership

Dear Mr. President, Tonight’s “Soul of the Nation” speech was powerful and you delivered it well. Thanks for that. But something was missing, namely what you can and will do about it.

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Don’t Do It

Dear Judge Reinhart, Please do not unseal the FBI affidavit showing probable cause to approve a search of Mar-a-Lago.

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Remember Lysistrata

This column is called Common Sense for a reason. It begs the reader to use common sense to resolve what’s bothering them, and in the world today that is quite a lot.

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Ought Not and Shall Not

In an important op-ed piece in the New York Times on May 20, David Brooks addresses and analyzes the culture wars going on in the U.S. today.

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Break The Glass

God bless TV in an open society. We can sit and watch the carnage in Ukraine, a privilege the average Russian does not seem to have.

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The Circus

Ringling Brothers is gone, but in its place we have the US Congress, most recently the Judiciary Committee of the US Senate.

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Vladimir and The Donald

And so it continues. Now into week three of the Russian invasion, a word Americans but not Russians are free to use, our TV news is repetitive.

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No Sympathy for the Devil

Matthew’s Gospel tells the story of King Herod of Judea and the Massacre of the Innocents. Herod ordered the murder of all males younger than age two. Why? Because he felt threatened by stories of...

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More Common Sense

One puzzling aspect of our world today is how normal working people can celebrate and adore the lying grifter from Queens. The Access Hollywood tape might have broken that connection a few years ago, but…

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Common Sense

Here we are, 155 years after the Civil War, facing another insurrection. A substantial minority of the country resists vaccination and thereby risks everyone else’s health. They disbelieve climate change and the looming environmental catastrophes.

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“It is the duty of every man, as far as his ability extends, to detect and expose delusion and error.”

— THOMAS PAINE