Today is a big day for the country, Vera. It’s the day Mr. Obama leaves the presidency and Mr. Trump assumes it. I had no intention of writing anything to you about this day; however, I unexpectedly had the urge, so here it is. Continue reading Goodbye Obama, Hello Trump
There’s been a lot of talk the past year about making America great again, Vera. It was the campaign slogan for Donald Trump, who, later this week, will be sworn in as our next president. Mr. Trump isn’t a great man by any stretch of the imagination (at least not mine). But let me tell you about an American who was. Continue reading Making America Great
Some people call it resiliency, Vera. Basically, it’s how a fighter reacts when he takes a hard punch to the midsection. Does he fall to the canvass? Stagger back and stall? Or take the blow and resume the fight? Continue reading Handling Extreme Disappointment
Some people think America is going to hell in a hand basket. Some people think America isn’t great anymore. Phooey, I say!
I think America is already great. It’s far from perfect, of course. And some things are pretty bad, such as our dysfunctional national politics. And the way we’ve allowed people of wealth to dominate politics and our economic policies.
We have work to do, and it’s gravely disappointing we’re not going about the business of getting things done. But that doesn’t mean America isn’t great. Continue reading Is America Great?
Last Saturday Chris Arnade wrote this about the public discourse on Twitter (and, presumably, much of the political discourse in the country these days):
THIS COUNTRY IS GOING TO HELL!! (but it is not my fault)
America took a giant step forward last night, Vera. For the first 228 years of our constitutional national government, no woman had been nominated by a major political party for the presidency of the United States. Last night that changed. Last night Hillary Clinton accepted the nomination of the Democratic Party.
Whether or not you support Ms. Clinton, the historical significance of this moment can’t be lost on you. And if you have a daughter or granddaughter, its significance takes on even greater meaning. Continue reading America Takes A Giant Step Forward