Category Archives: Political Opinion

Life Lessons from the German Air Disaster

It is far easier for an individual to do great evil than to do great good. That the world isn’t fair is known to every human being who thinks. It may be our first insight into life. What child who ever complained, “That’s not fair,” wasn’t told by some adult, “Life isn’t fair”? One sad…

Stand Up for Indiana!

In what has been called the “Catholic moment” in America, in the late 1940s and 1950s, Catholics were admonished from pulpits to “live the faith” and “set an example” for others. Public lives were to reflect moral beliefs. Christians were to avoid those “living in sin.” Christians who operated motels and hotels did not rent…

It’s Got to Be Hard to Be Angela Merkel

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I love the movie Groundhog Day with Bill Murray. One of my favorite scenes comes after Murray’s character, Phil Connors, turns over a new leaf and starts spreading kindness to the people of Gobbler’s Knob. While performing his daily list of good deeds, Connors realizes that he’s late for one of them. He sprints down…

5 Taliban Commanders for 1 American Charged with Desertion

Last year, without consulting Congress, President Obama made a controversial deal. He traded one American soldier held by the Taliban for five Taliban commanders who had been held at Guantanamo. The swap was controversial not only because the President of the United States had just concluded a secret deal with terrorists, but also because the…

The Enemy of My Enemy

The forces that do not want a U.S. nuclear deal with Iran, nor any U.S. detente with Iran, are impressive. Among them are the Israelis and their powerful lobby AIPAC, the Saudis and their Sunni allies on the Persian Gulf, a near unanimity of Republicans and a plurality of Democrats in Congress. Is there a…