Independence Day Acrostic


Out of many Equals, one more perfect union. Out of many Peoples, one nation conceived in liberty. Out of many Labors, one shared prosperity. Out of many Urgencies, one fear, of fear itself. Out of many Rights, one government of,…

Payback: A Model Bill for ALEC


The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is a shadow legislature that has given us many lousy laws. Populated by corporate agents and Republican office-holders, ALEC passes "model bills," which its lawmaker members take to their statehouses and push into law. In 2011, news journals dragged ALEC

Another Global Warming Day


One day past the Winter Solstice, after 34 hours of rain melted last week’s half-foot of snow, the flooding Vermilion River rushes on its winding way to Lake Erie. This seems to be another global warming-type day — heavy rain,…

Mark Twain’s Autobiography Honors Helen Keller


Mark Twain felt he had to write an autobiography, but didn’t feel right doing it. He found the literary form too rigid, and drudgery to write year-by-year, cradle-to-grave. After several false starts, he at last found a way that suited him: …

U.S. Constitution Survey De-Teabagged


A week or two ago I got in the mail from a Hillsdale College its survey on the U.S. Constitution, and found it to have a misleading, teabag bent. So, I edited it for relevance and clarity. (Hillsdale’s text is…

Progressivism: The Practical Center


(Analysis.) When we think of the full political spectrum, from pure socialism on the left to unbridled capitalism on the right, we find progressivism at the center – not the left, as is commonly thought. Under socialism, the people own the …

The Majority Rule Pledge


“No minority has a right to block a majority from conducting the legal business of the organization. No majority has a right to prevent a minority from peacefully attempting to become a majority.” Robert M. Pirsig, American philosopher and author of “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance,” …