Category Citizenship

Our Republic’s Desperate Need for “Board Certified” Journalists

Our 2016 presidential election was punctuated by the release of information that was illegally obtained via computer hacking (i.e., computer leaks), and the propagation of false stories camouflaged to appear as legitimate news (i.e., fake news).  While there may be debate as to the extent the leaks and fake news affected how voters reasoned to […]

A Favorite Line from an Inaugural Address

Historian David McCullough cites the following quote as one of his favorite lines from a presidential inaugural address. How can we love our country and not love our countrymen?  And loving them, reach out a hand when they fall, heal them when they’re sick, and provide opportunities to make them self-sufficient so they will be […]

The Responsibilities of Being an American Citizen

We talk a lot about our rights as American citizens, but what about our responsibilities? In his May 9, 2017 Time magazine article, “Andrew Jackson is the Perfect Icon of Selfishness for Trump,” Tavis Smiley offers a point of view that I think is worth repeating. He reminds us of Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis’ declaration […]

At What Point Should We Expect the Approach of Danger? 

The April 24, 2017 post on WDW News Today is, “What is Happening to the Hall of Presidents at Magic Kingdom? Will Donald Trump Speak?” The post explains, “The Hall of Presidents at Walt Disney World closed for refurbishment over 3-months ago, with little to no announcement from Disney as to what changes were going to […]

The Difference Between a Journey Being Difficult and Being Lost

America isn’t easy. America is advanced citizenship. You’ve gotta want it bad, ’cause it’s gonna put up a fight. It’s gonna say, “You want free speech? Let’s see you acknowledge a man whose words make your blood boil, who’s standing center stage and advocating at the top of his lungs that which you would spend […]

The Week of 3 July 2016…

The Road Not Taken (Robert Frost) Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, And sorry I could not travel both And be one traveler, long I stood And looked down one as far as I could To where it bent in the undergrowth; Then took the other, as just as fair, And having perhaps the […]

The Trump Advantage

Before the 2016 campaigns… Political Pollster: An American electorate that is already lax about exercising their right to vote, seems to be even less engaged than ever.  It is said that the two biggest reasons for this are voter ignorance and voter apathy.  What is your perspective? Voting Age Adult: I don’t know and I don’t care. […]