A word on Confederate monuments

There is an important difference between remembering and honoring. With great hesitation I am submitting my thoughts on the primary motivation for a recent gathering of white supremacists in Charlottesville: the removal of a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee. My hesitation stems from a desire not to get caught up in any of […]

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What is a great America?

A great America isn’t controlled by fear. It recognizes its strength does not reside with its military or its economy, but with its people. It knows its history, and it remembers that – no matter how divided it becomes internally – ultimately it unites in strength in the darkest hours. A great America isn’t afraid […]

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Understanding what happened

I want to talk about the U.S. presidential election results, and I want to do so in what is hopefully a helpful way for everyone regardless of who you voted for. The reactions to the results are polarized just as the election itself was polarized and just as America itself has been polarized for an […]

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The problem with Pax Americana

[Caveat: the following criticism of American military policy is not a reflection whatsoever on the men and women who serve or have served in the military] As a lover of history, I can’t tell you how disturbing the parallels are between the U.S. and the Roman Empire. It’s uncanny. Rome was built on the strength […]

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Six Years a Bureaucrat: An Inside Look at the Scandal of Idealism in the U.S. Government

As much bad press as the Department of Veterans Affairs received several months ago for delays in patient care that led to at least 40 deaths, the proposed solution stands to potentially prove even more disastrous. I recently ended a nearly six-year career with a regional section of the VA that handles the referral of […]

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