The New Year: Corruption of the Norm?

Building a Communal Identity

Rudy Acuña: History tells us that as the norms shift right belief systems change and corruption is more acceptable, e.g., the Gilded Age, the 1920s, 1950s and the worst of times — today.

Not Ready for Rudy

Foolish Rudy Giuliani

Lance Simmens: We need a presidential commission on race akin to the Kerner Commission that attempted to dig deeply into the structural and systematic racism that helped prompt urban unrest in the 1960s.

Yes, Virginia, There Is a Santa

Is Santa Real

Steve Hochstadt: Most Christmas movies, especially the older ones I love, like “Miracle on 34th Street”, not only assume that Santa is real, but that all good people will eventually come to believe that.

News of Republican Party’s Demise Greatly Exaggerated

Republican Demise Greatly Exaggerated

Joseph Palermo: Washington Republicans have shown a willingness to damage the country so long as they see it as politically advantageous to their party. The belief that changing demographics are going to thrust the Democrats into a dominant position in national elections might be wishful thinking.

Who Cares About Corruption?

Widespread Political Corruption

Steve Hochstadt: Because the ability of the wealthy to buy American elections through campaign contributions is legal, it does not count in international comparisons of corruption.

There Oughta Be a Law Against….

There Oughta Be a Law

Gary Corseri: High school football. We’ve become sportsmanic! Girls form dangerous pyramids—a genital symbol?—to cheer on boys rushing towards concussions, to show their manly prowess.

Trusting Government Like It’s 1964

Trusting Government

Frank Fear: Over a half-century ago about 75% of Americans said they trusted government “always or most of the time.” The number stood at 24% earlier this year—a 50% drop in 50 years.

New Strategies Needed for Police Protests

New Strategies Needed for Police Protests -- Randy Shaw

Randy Shaw: As occurred in the latter stages of the Occupy Movement, the focus shifts from the underlying crisis to a particular city’s police response to those protesting about the crisis. That’s called taking your eyes off the prize.

Can Obama Pardon Snowden?

Pardoning Snowden and Manning

Murray Polner: After issuing his order to release the prisoner, Harding had the audacity to invite Debs to visit him in the White House, where the two men, so different in so many ways, shook hands, and spent an hour talking.

Giving Thanks

Paying It Forward

Steve Hochstadt: The less we take for granted, the more we will say “thanks”, the more appreciation is spread to another person, the more joy in giving is shared. Good givers don’t need thanks, but always appreciate them.