I cast my first vote — I say this now with a sort of perverse pride — for Richard Nixon, whose administration created EPA, devised a way to get government contracts to minority-owned firms, passed the Clean Air Act, ended the war in Viet Nam, and brought the PRC onto the international stage.
Everyone believes in persistence, but only intermittently. I had always held, with W.C. Fields, that “if at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. Then quit. There’s no sense making a damn fool of yourself.” Continue reading Persistence
So I asked myself, who are Donald Trump’s supporters and why are they so angry? Continue reading Meet Donald Trump’s Supporters
The senior Congressman from the great state of Alabama stood and sweated a little. “Alabama cast its vote for Mr. Donald Trump of New York,” he said at last.
“Alaska.” Continue reading Time to Choose
It appears that as a result of his forthright honesty and authenticity, Donald Trump stands on the threshold of the Presidency. The Donald is loved by millions because what he says is spontaneous and unfiltered, much as we might be at the neighborhood bar, especially if we have been drinking heavily. Continue reading Twenty Questions for the Donald
One of the great advantages of my advanced age is that what is memory to me is history to others. As Super Bowl XLIX looms before us, I remember Super Bowl I. Those of you good at math will instantly recognize that XLIX-I = XLVIII. And so it was forty-eight years ago that I, at the mere age of XV, sat and sweated before our black-and-white television and watched the AFL’s Kansas City Chiefs take on the NFL’s Green Bay Packers. For me, and for other AFL fans, it might not be the end of the universe if Green Bay won, but it would be the end of the moral universe. And when the unimaginable happened, and Green Bay walked off with a 35-10 victory, the age of justice came to an end, and I resigned myself to a life of unrelieved cynicism. Continue reading The Lesson of the First Super Bowl
The story about Dracula. A Love Story which debuted July 12, 2014 at the Capital Fringe Festival in Washington, DC (In which innumerable spoilers are given, so watch out.) Continue reading Why I made Dracula a DC lobbyist, thoughts on my new play
In 1986, General Motors announced that it would be opening a new plant to manufacture a revolutionary new car, called the Saturn. It invited economically-depressed towns from all over America to make the case that Saturns should be built there. Continue reading Memo to humans: we’re no longer necessary.
I have sympathy, but no useful advice, for those without a job these days – particularly those who have graduated from prestigious institutions with fancy degrees, and are now desperate to land a job as a barrista. Continue reading How not to get a job
Madame Temporary Chair; distinguished Members of Congress; Governors; Mayors; other elected officials gathered here; distinguished delegates; and my fellow Americans—
You have given me the signal honor of our party’s nomination to the nation’s highest office. I accept. Continue reading Fantasy politics