Monthly Archives: July 2010
On Yom Kippur, Jews are required to seek and give forgiveness. It is not about redemption, but rather about the power of forgiveness in our lives, the lives of others and the life of the community. Simon Wiesenthal’s The Sunflower is a moving exploration and account of forgiveness during an historical moment marked by unspeakable terror.
Wiesenthal brings the reader into his inner circle by sharing a painful story about oppressor and oppressed. He takes us on a journey where we are privy to the horrors of a Nazi concentration camp where Wiesenthal was an inmate in WWII Poland. We read words that can never fully capture the pain, degradation, fear, and loathing that framed the lives of the interned at the hands of sadistic guards consumed by hate and an utter contempt for human life and suffering. Continue reading
Watch some of the back episodes of Jon Stewart interviewing Elizabeth Warren on The Daily Show and you, too, will understand why there is so much resistance to Warren’s nomination. She is smart and very funny. She is clear, and she is undaunted. She knows who is doing what and she doesn’t pretend that she doesn’t. She knows how government is supposed to act and explains how it isn’t doing its job. Continue reading
Bloggers are not journalists, and what bloggers write (including what I am writing in this post) should not be mischaracterized as principled, researched reporting. Continue reading
When trying to figure out what the Federal government is all about, what powers it really has and, even more importantly, what types of problems the Founders invented it to deal with, it is a really good idea to take a hard look at the very first words of the Constitution. Those are found in the Preamble. Generally ignored, it just happens to be the Statement of Purpose of the Constitution and indeed for our nation itself.
This column proposes the establishment of a new “-ers” organization (you know, “Birthers,” “Tenthers). Focused on Constitutional government and what it is all about, according to the plain language of the Constitution, it would be called “The Preamblers.” Continue reading
Written by Tucker Culbertson Professor Noah Feldman recently published a valuable op/ed in the The New York Times arguing that liberals are facing a constitutional crisis, one they cannot confront with conventional civil rights talk about liberty and equality: “[N]ew … Continue reading