It’s on the order of insanity, this wild, wobbly overreaction to the British voting to get out of the European Union.
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Free speech and a free press were deemed key to American discourse, identity, endurance and strength from the founding. Hence their enshrinement in the very First Amendment, not the Second or Fifth.
It’s been only 15 years since the 9/11 attacks. But when you look at how the terrorist threat has evolved since then, it seems as if a century or more has gone by.
On May 13, Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank reported that he had performed the ultimate journalistic mea culpa. He made good on his promise to eat an entire column of newsprint if Donald Trump became the Republican nominee for president.
Houyhnhnms, the noble talking horses in Jonathan Swift’s “Gulliver’s Travels,” had no word for “lie.” They did not engage in the petty subterfuge of politics and didn’t need a word to signify it. The closest they could come is the locution “to say the thing which is not.” But lying is much more complex than saying something that isn’t the case. A genuine lie — a lie in the moral sense — must be intended to deceive, and must be expressed to someone to whom the truth is owed. You aren’t lying if you misstate a statistic without intending to, or if you give a fake name to a prying stranger on the subway.
If, for some perverse reason, liberals want to throw the presidential election, they should go right on denouncing Donald Trump as a “populist.”
Anger is clearly the buzzword of the 2016 presidential campaign, especially on the GOP side of the aisle. Google the word with Republican and, like me, you might get more than 24 million hits (vs. 606,000 when matched with Democrat).
Britain has Brexited, choosing populism over pragmatism, insularity over inclusion — and leaving the world transformed and deeply worried.
Even before the horrific attack in Orlando earlier this month, life in 21st century America had become intolerably, pervasively fearful. Our mad proliferation of guns, and the obscene loopholes that allow dangerous people to access them freely, are the most consistent engines of terror in our society today.
I am a “gun nut.”
Years ago I wrote about the POW bracelet I’ve been wearing since 1971.
Array This is the second in a four-part series. The other parts will run in the coming weeks.
On Monday night, Stephen Colbert, like each of his late-night colleagues, opened “The Late Show” with a serious and heartfelt response to the recent mass shooting in Orlando, Fla.
Here is the plain and dangerous truth facing the cosmopolitan world: In the opinion of many millions of Jews and Christians and Muslims, the Abrahamic God of the desert is a homophobe.
The Cascadia Rising exercise is finally over.