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Is That An Elephant in Your Uterus?

Thursday, September 22nd, 2022

When a woman walks into a doctor’s office should Greg Abbott, Dan Patrick and Ken Paxton walk in too?  Should national Republicans like Mitch McConnell, Kevin McCarthy and Ted Cruz watch a woman’s exam?  Should these politicians make medical decisions for women? Republican politicians in Austin and Washington think they should.  Pregnancy is one of […]

A Republic, Not A Monarchy

Thursday, September 15th, 2022

The death of Queen Elizabeth II reminds me how lucky we are as Americans. We don’t have a monarchy. We have a Republic.  The American Republic belongs to all the people, not a single person. Our Republic, however, owes much to the history of the English monarchy.  American constitutional history often traces its origins back […]

Public Service vs. Private Profit

Thursday, September 15th, 2022

Conservatives have been pretty clear about one aspect of their governing philosophy.  They say that they will run government like a business.  Liberals, however, see government as public services.  The results are dramatically different. Liberal policies shaped American politics after the Great Depression.  Franklin Delano Roosevelt provided a role model for creating government services.  The […]

Let’s go Joe!

Thursday, August 25th, 2022

Between January 20, 2001 and July 14, 2008 prices at the gas pump rose from $1.47 per gallon to $4.11 per gallon.  During that extended price rise, two Texas oil men sat in the Oval Office and made decisions.  Dramatically, gas prices fell to $1.61 by December 2008.   George W. Bush and Dick Cheney created […]

Let’s Go Joe!

Thursday, August 25th, 2022

Between January 20, 2001 and July 14, 2008 prices at the gas pump rose from $1.47 per gallon to $4.11 per gallon.  During that extended price rise, two Texas oil men sat in the Oval Office and made decisions.  Dramatically, gas prices fell to $1.61 by December 2008.   George W. Bush and Dick Cheney created […]

Did You Get the Memo?

Thursday, August 18th, 2022

Every August I remember our history.  For professional historians, history is based on documents.  Documents give us a look into real time events rather than looking backwards.  Documents help us separate reality from storytelling. On August 6, 2001 a Central Intelligence Agent handed George W. Bush a Presidential Daily Brief.  Its title could not have […]

Team USA

Thursday, August 11th, 2022

Just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse, it gets better.  Since Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, the global recovery from Covid 19 stalled.  Global traders panic, driving up prices and clogging supply chains. Market fears of a new, and wider, disruption never materialized, however.  Energy supply remained strong, as Europeans carefully rebalanced their energy […]

Can You Tell the Difference?

Thursday, August 4th, 2022

Misdirection is a common technique used by con men.  Con men create a distraction that looks threatening, and then they use it to steal from you.  They could bump into you.  They could even have accomplishes who start a fake argument. Con men appear often in the Gospels.  They did not like Jesus’ interpretation of […]

Bad Apple(s)

Friday, July 29th, 2022

Benjamin Franklin updated a Medieval saying: “the rotten apple spoils his companion.”  This proverb has been handed down to us as “One bad apple spoils the bunch.”  If you eat fruits and vegetables regularly, you know this to be true. We also know it’s true for people.  We want our kids to hang out with […]

Remember Your Constantine

Friday, July 8th, 2022

The year 312 of the Common Era marked a decisive turning point in world history.  A Roman general named Constantine wanted total control of the empire.  Constantine waged war against his enemies to establish dominance. Since the time of Julius Caesar (100-44 BCE), Roman generals ruled by force instead of election.  The 300 intervening years […]

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