Remembering What’s Important

I’ve never known a political season like the one we’re in today. I’ve heard stories of political differences separating families, separating friends, but until this summer those stories always seemed like urban legends, like useful morality plays that might help illuminate some of the darker corners of our humanity. But as this summer gave way […]

More Important Than Politics

I can’t remember an election cycle like this. For the first time in my memory, it seems our country is going to select a president based on which candidate the majority dislikes less. This doesn’t seem like a recipe for success. And as long as we spend our energy focusing on which presidential candidate we […]

On Baltimore

Both sides are pointing fingers, calling each other names, each blaming the other for the violence that consumed much of Baltimore last week. Politicians are trying to figure out what to say about race and law enforcement in our country, scrambling for words that minimize their own commitments and do as little damage as possible […]

The Gift of Perspective

This is my fourth post for the Your Turn Challenge. Status of my goals: Marathon: Back on track. I completed yesterday’s run this morning. Two Square Yards of Earth: Behind schedule. No change since yesterday. 100 Posts: Behind schedule. This is my sixth post for the year, of eight planned by the end of this […]

The Cowardice of Dogma

Dogma is a coward’s refuge. And it isn’t the same as faith. Faith is a choice to believe in something–a god, a doctrine, a political philosophy, a person’s character–in the face of evidence to the contrary. Dogma is a refusal to believe in something because it differs from what you choose to believe. Faith need […]

Courage (Or Not) In Politics

We’ve just about managed to remove courage from American politics entirely. I won’t claim there was ever a “golden age” of politics, in the U.S. or anywhere else–it’s always been a dirty, messy business, in which men and women of varying shades of integrity debate in public and make deals in private. It’s always been […]