Archive for 2016

A New Year’s Wish for Mr. Trump, Gov. Rauner, and our leadership

A New Year’s Wish for Mr. Trump, Gov. Rauner, and our leadership
The New Year is upon us and soon we will have a peaceful change in Government on the Federal level.  In spite of the hopes of those who supported Mrs. Clinton, Mr. Trump will be our new President.  The face of the Congress will change on Wednesday of next week, and the challenges Illinois faces... Read more »

The Trump and Obama supporters’ flip-flop

The Trump and Obama supporters’ flip-flop
A New Year is just hours away.  Soon it will be 2017 and America will change in the year to come.  Or will it?  There is an old cliché, “the more things change, the more they stay the same.”  From where I sit, that isn’t a cliché as much as it is an eternal truth.... Read more »

Nobody will miss John Kerry

Nobody will miss John Kerry
I’m disappointed in Secretary of State John Kerry’s remarks about the two-state solution but not surprised by them.  I first encountered him more than two decades ago when I worked on Capitol Hill.  We had nicknames for everyone.  Senator Kerry’s nickname was “Rip Van Winkle.” We named him that because he was elected to the... Read more »
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Donald Trump and the Muslims and the White Supremacists

Donald Trump and the Muslims and the White Supremacists
It was one of the stunning headlines of the 2016 USA Presidential Election.  Donald Trump was going to ignore the First Amendment of the US Constitution and its religious freedom protections.  He was going to block all Muslims from entering the USA, have a Muslim Registry where all members of the Muslim Faith were going... Read more »

What’s the big picture in 2017?

What’s the big picture in 2017?
2017 is almost upon us.  We will have new Senators, new Representatives in the House, and a new President.  Many are starting to ask, what’s The Big Picture? I really wish they wouldn’t ask that question because it only leads to platitudes and not to action. We’ve had enough big picture thinking over the past... Read more »

The UN wishes Israel Happy Hanukkah

The UN wishes Israel Happy Hanukkah
Yesterday, the UN Security Council adopted the 47th meaningless Resolution regarding the Israeli/Palestinian conflict.  This resolution was about settlements.  Article 4 of the Geneva Conventions, of which Israel is a signatory state that no signatory to the convention entitled to move its populations into territory that is under occupation. Settlement advocates claim article 49 was... Read more »
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May there be Peace on Earth

May there be Peace on Earth
The sights, sounds, and smells of Christmas are the sights, sounds, and smells of my own childhood.  There is a wonderful consistency of life with this time of year. I recall being fascinated by the lights on the tree as they reflected in the ornaments.  I would stare at them for a long time, lost... Read more »

Trump, Ryan, Obamacare and the reality of being sick

Trump, Ryan, Obamacare and the reality of being sick
Recently I was in the hospital.  It was an unexpected event.  I was sitting and working on a future article when something didn’t feel quite right.  I inhaled and couldn’t get a good breath. Choking and gasping for breath, the world suddenly took on a sharp focus unlike I’ve experienced before.  I started losing my... Read more »

As a nation, where do we go from here?

As a nation, where do we go from here?
I didn’t support Donald Trump. His Presidency is going to be a reality, though. It is hard to admit defeat, but I have to look at reality in the context of loving my country more than I dislike its leader. I do love America. I love America because we are not perfect, yet we talk... Read more »
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Is Trump's election really the will of the people?

Is Trump's election really the will of the people?
The Electoral College convenes on Monday to select the next President of the USA. Hillary Clinton supporters have mounted an effort to try and convince the electors they should not just hand the election to Donald Trump. After all, Secretary Clinton won 2.8 million more popular votes than Donald Trump. Their argument is the will... Read more »