Bernie Sanders, Renowned Tormenter of Windmills

Although my policy preferences more closely match Bernie Sanders than any other candidate — an unscientific Facebook survey put me something like 96% in line with Sanders — I’m not excited by his presidential candidacy. I have given him five dollars (as I also gave to Martin O’Malley and Hillary Clinton) to get on his … Continue reading Bernie Sanders, Renowned Tormenter of Windmills

Harry Truman’s Defense of Liberal Principles

Yesterday, I discovered this remarkable campaign speech, delivered by Harry S. Truman in 1948. What fascinates me is that what Truman said nearly seventy years ago could be said today without changing a word. To whit: Today the forces of liberalism face a crisis. The people of the United States must make a choice between … Continue reading Harry Truman’s Defense of Liberal Principles

On Ronald Reagan, Doctors, and the Republican Party

Last night in the Vice Presidential debate, Alaska Governor Sarah Palin closed her remarks with a quotation of Ronald Reagan: It was Ronald Reagan who said that freedom is always just one generation away from extinction. We don¬ít pass it to our children in the bloodstream; we have to fight for it and protect it, … Continue reading On Ronald Reagan, Doctors, and the Republican Party