Teddy, We Knew Ye All Too Well


Chappaquiddick was a darker tome than Dallas. Dallas told the end of Camelot, Johnny-we-hardly-knew-ye, a profile in courage borne on a caisson from the Capitol. Chappaquiddick created the bloated, made-for-National-Enquirer story about the end of the great American political dynasty. Each of the narratives was in its own way only a parable, a snapshot, the … Continue reading Teddy, We Knew Ye All Too Well

Nothing but Jesus


11th Sunday After Pentecost, Year BProverbs 9:1-6Psalm 34Ephesians 5:15-20John 6:51-58 The Temple is long gone, its cedar beams burned by General Titus, its massive pillars pulled down, its porticoes crushed, the altar in the inner sanctum long ago turned to ash, and blown away by the wind.The days were evil. The Empire, long tolerant of … Continue reading Nothing but Jesus

How Good Revolutions Go Bad


The Obama phenomenon was supposed to usher in a new era in American politics. We would put behind us all those strident accusations and counter-accusations, the lies and half-truths, the abrogation of power, the trampling of the Constitution. There would be no more Blue states or Red states, only the United States of America, a … Continue reading How Good Revolutions Go Bad

When is Success Spelled "F-a-i-l-u-r-e"? In GOP Land.


If I owned a grocery store and, through a special incentive to sell milk, offered to me by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, I was able to reduce the price of milk to the point that my customers emptied my shelves, and still clamored for more, would I think that it was a failure? Would … Continue reading When is Success Spelled "F-a-i-l-u-r-e"? In GOP Land.