Category Archives: Miscellaneous

What if Jackie Robinson had been a lousy ballplayer?

(‘76 Contributor) What does that mean? What does that have to do with the election or the price of fish in France for that matter? I’ll lay all of this out and illustrate one of the reasons why black-Americans are supporting Barack Obama and why we need to reassess that.

Jackie Robinson of course was the first black-American to play professionally in Major League Baseball. Continue reading

Andrews book looks past 2012 to 2076. Will we get there?

(‘76 Contributor) The impermanence of political systems and political glory has never been better portrayed than in Percy Bysshe Shelley’s sonnet, “Ozymandias.” It depicts a toppled, broken statue in the desert, on whose base some long-forgotten tyrant had inscribed his title as “king of kings” and boasted: “Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair.”

What the poet dramatized in 14 ironic lines, the writer of Ecclesiastes had earlier captured in a single word: vanity. Continue reading

The way we were: Goodbye to all that?

(New York City) This city was diverse before diversity was cool. It embodies the Melting Pot. It was what Emma Lazarus was seeing when she penned those immortal words that adorn the Lady with the Lamp in the city’s harbor. It is all about those “teeming masses yearning to be free”.

Today I followed what has been an unvarying ritual through all of the decades I have loved this city. Continue reading

Dems totally unserious about our spending addiction

(Centennial Fellow) Good grief, says an Obama campaign struggling to regain its footing after a bad debate stumble, Mitt Romney said he wants to strip Big Bird of federal funding, and that would be awful. What could really be awful — a tipping-point calamity for this country of ours — would be a second Obama term in which the White House continues its politically convenient fiscal negligence. Continue reading

The American Dream

What do the words “American Dream” call to mind? A home with a car in the driveway (perhaps another in the garage), a couple of kids and a golden retriever? A job you like, that pays well, and employs your talents? Or is something less tangible like freedom, equality, and opportunity?

For a lot of Americans, the American Dream means not just doing well, but doing better than the previous generation and looking forward as the next generation flying even higher. Continue reading

Election asks Americans to decide if freedom is passe’

(Boston) If a traveler would discern in a single place in a single day the origin and meaning of these United States of America, no better setting could be found than this city’s justly famed Freedom Trail. Along the winding cobblestone streets and adjacent harbor that George III decried as a ”hotbed of sedition and treason” one can trace the footsteps of Paul Revere, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, Thomas Paine, Samuel Adams, and many others who prepared the way for Revolution and Independence. Continue reading

How Obama crushed thousands of auto dealerships

(‘76 Contributor) In 2009, the Auto Task Force under the US Treasury Department and its head, Steve Rattner, Obama’s Car Czar, entered into negotiations with Chrysler and GM (auto manufacturers) to “save” the auto industry. Herein, the auto task force, without inside knowledge of the industry, pressured the manufacturers to reduce the number of dealerships and fast tracked the government-managed bankruptcy to do just that. This did not allow for due process in the bankruptcy court. Continue reading