Another Viewpoint

The Saudi Arabia challenge

Jamal Khashoggi’s murder – and no one now questions whether the Washington Post contributor was killed by Saudi agents in the kingdom’s consulate in Turkey – has far-reaching implications for the Trump administration. President Donald Trump appears to want to help sweep the incident ...

An unsparing look at the Vietnam War’s mountain of mendacities

WASHINGTON – Early in his Marine Corps career, which he concluded as a four-star general, Walt Boomer was decorated for valor in Vietnam. He distilled into three words the lesson of that debacle: “Tell the truth.” Max Hastings, an eminent British journalist and historian, has done that in ...

On Wall Street, Us R Toys

As America emerged from World War II, the public generally agreed that the ordinary people who had endured the sacrifice should share in the good times ahead. A golden age for the American worker commenced as business, labor and government stood together on the stage. Labor has since fallen ...

Why vote for Democrats?

Given what the Trump administration is saying are record achievements for a president at this stage in office, why would anyone consider voting for Democrats in the upcoming midterm elections? Writing in The Washington Examiner, Paul Bedard lists 289 accomplishments of the Trump ...

Need a unifying midterm issue? Curb government spending

Call me crazy, but I think if federal employees routinely waste millions of taxpayer dollars, someone ought to be held accountable – criminally accountable, if possible. And anyone who signs off on obviously outrageous spending, like the person who approved buying coffee cups for the Air ...

How to heal our epidemic

WASHINGTON – If Sen. Ben Sasse is right – he has not recently been wrong about anything important – the nation’s most-discussed political problem is entangled with the least-understood public health problem. The political problem is furious partisanship. The public health problem is ...

The true enemy of the people

When President Donald Trump called the press the “enemy of the people,” he wasn’t only speaking to his pep rally audience. Autocrats and despots around the world were listening. Right-wing governments from Poland and Hungary to Turkey and the Philippines have cracked down on freedom of ...

Trump may be most honest

WASHINGTON – Donald Trump may be remembered as the most honest president in modern American history. Don’t get me wrong, Trump lies all the time. He said that he “enacted the biggest tax cuts and reforms in American history” (actually they are the eighth largest) and that “our ...

It’s no laughing matter

WASHINGTON -- An old saying has it, “Laugh and the world laughs with you.” But at the United Nations this week, a representative body of the world laughed at Donald Trump, greeting him with international guffaws when he bragged about his presidential accomplishments. For once, the sitting ...

Abortion polarizes America

“Here’s my question,” tweets legal scholar Jeffrey A. Sachs, obviously in response to the controversy over Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. “what is the alternative reality where Roe was never decided, levels of partisan polarization are identical to our own, and the SCOTUS ...

Supreme Court confirmation has little to do with truth

Karl Marx, commenting on the ascension of Louis Napoleon, wrote, “History repeats itself: The first time as tragedy, the second time as farce.” The drama over Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation has reversed the order. It began as farce. Protesters dressed in “The Handmaid’s Tale” red ...

How can Trump be liable?

The stock market has just hit a new historic high. Median household income in the U.S. is higher than ever. Fewer laid-off Americans are today forced to file for unemployment benefits than at anytime since 1968, when the U.S. civilian labor force of 81 million was one-half of today’s 162 ...

Time to end the circus

The Ringling Brothers & Barnum and Bailey Circus announced last year it was closing after a 146-year run, largely because of high operating costs, costly legal battles with animal rights groups and declining ticket sales, especially after elephants were retired from the show. Brett ...

Hurricane Florence isn’t finished yet for South Carolina

PAWLEYS ISLAND, S.C. – From dark and stormy to clear and breezy, the coastline that a million or so of us evacuated two weeks ago now looks like any other perfect day at the beach. The only signs of there having been any weather at all are a few scattered piles of pine straw in the street. ...

Serious does not mean credible

Professor Christine Blasey Ford has made a serious allegation against Judge Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump’s first nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court. Progressive activists seeking to scuttle Kavanaugh’s nomination would have us believe that Ford’s allegations are credible ...

Hazards of the era of digital lynching

“Judge not, and ye shall not be judged.” Jesus preaches that in the book of Luke. But then, Jesus never had Twitter. Or, for that matter, Instagram or Facebook. He never had, in other words, one of the social media platforms on which millions of us routinely judge other people every day. ...

Are we being fair?

Fleischer wants to know if we’re being fair. “How much in society should any of us be held liable today when we’ve lived a good life, an upstanding life by all accounts, and then something that maybe is an arguable issue, took place in high school? Should that deny us chances later in ...

Fear-based parenting: A transmissible social disease

WASHINGTON – Police came to Kim Brooks’ parents’ door in suburban Richmond, Virginia, demanding that her mother say where her daughter was or be arrested for obstructing justice. So began a Kafkaesque two-year ordeal that plunged Brooks into reflections about current parenting practices. ...

Prices should rise

Officials in states hit by Hurricane Florence are on the lookout for “price gouging.” People who engage in “excessive pricing” face up to 30 days jail time, said North Carolina’s attorney general. South Carolina passed a “Price Gouging During Emergency” law that imposes a ...

On climate threat

As large parts of America burn or drown under weird weather conditions made more extreme by global warming, California and other states are doggedly pursuing solutions. What do you say to those who deny climate change is happening – or who dismiss the scientific consensus that humankind is ...