Memorial Day: When Will We Mourn All the War Dead?

Memorial Day: When Will We Mourn All the War Dead?

My question is not whether we should mourn, legitimately and unreservedly, the loss of our war dead on Memorial Day. Yes. A thousand times, yes. My question is this: On what day should we also mourn the loss of others’ war dead? Indeed, one of Memorial Day’s stories...
Losers, Thugs and Nasty – Why Words Matter

Losers, Thugs and Nasty – Why Words Matter

Words matter. The Atlantic magazine reported last week that President Donald J. Trump dishonored U.S. soldiers and veterans when he referred to soldiers killed in action as “losers” and “suckers.” The White House denied the claims, but former Chief of Staff John Kelly...
The Day Democracy Teetered on Tyranny’s Brink

The Day Democracy Teetered on Tyranny’s Brink

Democracy teetered on the brink of collapse on June 1. Responding to the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis at the hands of police a week earlier, thousands of citizens marched demanding justice. They declared that Black Lives Matter and advocated for a...