Is It Time to Shut Down the Republican Party?

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.

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Twenty Questions for the Donald

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

The Lesson of the First Super Bowl

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