It is one of those times when we won’t have to wait for the judgment of history to learn the verdict of history. More than 800,000 DACA immigrants now sit, stew and wonder if the land they long yearned for is the great nation they long dreamt about. The challenge here has as much to do with politics as with purpose, with messaging as much as the messengers who carry it. It’s all about our
January 8, 2018

Oprah for President?

Can one performance make a president? This week, in a made-for-America moment, Hollywood created a script that provided therapy for a nation driven by division and mired in disillusion. Only this time, unlike a year ago, the nation cheered not for an “apprentice” but for a bona fide, real world “star.” At a time when most Americans find the present hard to swallow and the future difficult to fathom, Oprah Winfrey went beyond her favored
December 13, 2017

Night Alabama Woke Up America

After weeks during which the people of Alabama were prejudged as incapable or unwilling to decipher right from wrong, they proved themselves by blazing a new path to virtue. They defied tradition. They defied political party. They defied the elites who felt the need to instruct and lecture them when their consciences were the only compasses they needed. They showed the end should never justify the means. This was a wakeup call for all of
November 18, 2017

Moore is Less

The Alabama Senate election shootout between Republican Roy Moore (and himself) is a reality showdown between conservatives and their conscience with no winner yet in sight. You would think this is an easy one, but it’s not. You’d assume this is only going one way, but it may not. You wish it to go away, but it will not. The Republican-once-predator Roy Moore got all the right signals. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said his
In the early ’60s, a colorful California House speaker and longtime Kennedy political disciple, “Big Daddy” Jesse Unruh, came up with the big line that’s defined American democracy since the days of Andrew Jackson: “Money is the mother’s milk of politics.” Yet that milk has been spoiled by the U.S. Supreme Court in its 5-4 opinion in the Citizens United vs. FEC case that now conspires against the very citizens it was meant to empower.