Category Archives: constitution

More “times that try men’s souls”

As Thomas Paine wrote in The American Crisis in 1776: “These are the times that try men’s souls.” And women’s and children’s souls as well, he might have added. Those of us whose souls will be tried are a cross-section … Continue reading

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Is the United States a failed country?

Is the United States a failed country? That term “failed state” (I prefer “country”*) is often tossed around in news reports to describe other countries, the most dramatic of which are predominantly Muslim countries like Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia, Syria, and … Continue reading

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Who will govern the government?

“Physician, heal thyself,” the saying goes. That’s not an easy order, the self-cure. I recall hearing about an explorer who performed an appendectomy on himself, but that doesn’t seem like a practical solution for most of us. “Government, govern thyself” … Continue reading

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Charles Krauthammer and the “fractured” GOP

In “How fractured is the Grand Old Party?” (Daily Local News, 8/2/13) Charles Krauthammer is cutting too many corners. 1) “Chris Christie recently challenged Sen. Rand Paul over his opposition to the National Security Agency metadata program” It’s true that … Continue reading

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