On Our Nation’s Birthday

independence-day-parade.jpgThis holiday is one of my favorites, with many fond childhood memories. A time to spend with family and friends, as summer is now in full swing. But before the parties, the backyard barbecues and the fireworks, I have a question. When is the last time you read the Declaration of Independence? It won’t take long. It’s only 1428 words. But maybe it is time to reconnect with just how profound a document it really is. Maybe you should start your backyard celebration this year with your children reading it aloud. Continue reading “On Our Nation’s Birthday”

On Our Nation’s Birthday

Is This a Solution to a Federal Problem?

I like many Americans voted for Trump for pragmatic reasons. I supported Ted Cruz through the primaries, because I believed he was the best chance to curb the growth of the federal government. The exploding federal debt is one manifestation of this growth in the central government, who have become addicted to spending beyond our capacity to pay for it. It will lead to economic ruin, if we do not address the systemic issues driving it. No amount of “taxing the rich” will ever solve this problem. Continue reading “Is This a Solution to a Federal Problem?”

Is This a Solution to a Federal Problem?

Most Excellent Whiners

whiningI truly empathize with HRC voters. In 2008 when Barack Obama won, those who voted Republican were similarly devastated. Many of us understood that our new president would take this country further to the left. For me, it has turned out worse than I could have imagined. But I just do not remember the same level of shear panic. In fact, many shared my sentiment: while I did not vote for Barack Obama, I was proud that this country had elected its first black president. It was monumental. Let’s give him a chance, I thought.   Continue reading “Most Excellent Whiners”

Most Excellent Whiners

We Are All Romans

romanWhen I travel outside the U.S., I am motivated to read a book related to that country. To try and immerse myself into the culture. To get into the mood. A recent trip to Italy led me to a recently published history of Rome called SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome by Mary Beard. This excellent book covers the period from the founding of Rome around 800 BC to about 200 AD. That alone is amazing: a 1000 years of history. The Roman Empire finally dissolved in the 1400’s when it fell to the Ottoman Empire. America? We have been around for less than about 300 years. Adolescents compared to the Roman Empire. Continue reading “We Are All Romans”

We Are All Romans

Pope Francis and American Presidential Politics

popeMany Catholics including me appreciate what Pope Francis is doing for the Catholic Church. He certainly appeals to the more moderate voices within the Church, which has endeared him to the liberal media. His message is also attractive to millennials, which is important for the future of the Church. Of course the more conservative Catholics do not agree with some of his stances. Change comes slowly in the Church. It is one reason I respect the institution, though those outside the Church condemn it for the same reason. Continue reading “Pope Francis and American Presidential Politics”

Pope Francis and American Presidential Politics

Hillary’s First Presidential Press Conference

truckSeptember 8, 2017

Rose Garden, White House

Good morning. I would like to first make a statement, then will take a couple questions.

As you are all well aware, I have press conferences infrequently but felt obliged on this somber occasion. It is with a heavy heart that I come to you today. Unfortunately, this past holiday weekend, we saw another vicious attack using a truck to plow through a group of innocent bystanders at a Labor Day event in Chicago. Our sympathies go out to the families. Continue reading “Hillary’s First Presidential Press Conference”

Hillary’s First Presidential Press Conference

When Bill Met Loretta

bill and lorettaSo much in the news this past week about the chance meeting between Bill Clinton and Loretta Lynch on a runway in Phoenix. Just seems to be so much noise about nothing! I find it hard to understand why all those Trump supporters are in such a state of distress. You would think that, well, we were maybe 20 trillion in debt, or maybe concerned that Iran this week bragged how they have 100,000 missiles pointed at Israel despite our close relationship, or that hundreds around the world have been murdered by ISIS in the last couple weeks. Continue reading “When Bill Met Loretta”

When Bill Met Loretta