Category Archives: Patriotism

Posts pertaining to exemplary patriotic behavior.

Denver and Damascus – A Brief Thought on Memorial Day


Today, in Egypt, a friend and political ally of longtime dictator Hosni Mubarak vies for the presidency against a representative of an organization that has long advocated and exercised violence as a means of maintaining a firm religious grip on … Continue reading

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Wet and Quickly Drying – An Explanation of the Year’s Changes, A Proposal for Next Steps


As featured on the Huffington Post: The life we know hasn’t changed much since December 27 of 2010. Murky smog still poisons the air I breathe in Los Angeles. A snapshot of the New York skyline taken today will match … Continue reading

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Scattered Thoughts on a Scattered Day – September 11, In Memoriam


“Tom!” My dad, a journalist, had left for his daily jog in the wee hours of the morning. As he finished running and stood, stretching, on the sidewalk outside our one-story house, Stu, a neighbor, shouted out to him. “You … Continue reading

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The Whole is Greater than the Sum of its Parts – Why Memorial Day is Personal, Even When it’s Not


I’ve never fought in a war and I probably never will. I’m not brave enough. I could write about tragedy (and I often do), and perhaps my words would be resonant – but to me, they’d ring hollow, because I … Continue reading

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Camaraderie Out of Extremity – Gratitude in the Wake of the bin Laden Assassination


Last night, I was flying with my family back from Portland to Los Angeles. As we strapped ourselves into our seats and powered down our cell phones, a muffled voice came over the plane’s speaker system. “This is your captain … Continue reading

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And Then He Rolled His Eyes – Dignifying the Next Generation


On a summer day in 1963, a young Bill Clinton shook hands with John Kennedy. Clinton – just seventeen years old – was a participant in Boys Nation and was given the opportunity to spend a day at the White … Continue reading

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A Witch Hunt – Islamophobia in America


Last week, the Pope surprised the world when he exonerated Jews for the killing of Jesus. It was a nice gesture, though he was a little bit late to the party. Jews have endured thousands of years of turmoil as … Continue reading

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Report Card – A Brief Response to SOTU


Substance He had a few different jobs to do from a few separate perspectives. In the Eyes of the Left He had to lay out his agenda in a definitive manner and avoid digressing from the party script. He had … Continue reading

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Lessons from a Little Old Lady – How Kinship Can Eclipse Polarization


Sunday night at dinner, as I was poking and prodding at the final remnants of my butternut squash ravioli, my grandfather turned to me and — in that matter-of-fact tone that only a family patriarch can pull off — said, … Continue reading

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Veterans’ Day Invocation


Who came up with the notion that the best way to resolve our conflicts was to brutally murder each in a lethal bloodbath of vitriol? Whose idea it was that the best way to rebuild toppled regimes was to further … Continue reading

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