Category Archives: Unity

Posts pertaining to unity.

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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Fluorescent Traffic Signals – Why the GOP Needs to Read More Shakespeare


We seem to be a country continually prone to missing the signs. We’ve heard the story of the drowning man who refused the aid of three rescue boats, confident that God would save him; the novice batter who had just … 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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Obama at AIPAC – The Speech that Worked (in Theory)


On Sunday morning, I arrived in Washington, DC with a medium-sized group of high school students for the annual AIPAC Policy Conference. AIPAC is the American Israel Public Affairs Committee – the United States’ pro-Israel lobby. My views don’t always … 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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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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The Blame Game – Why Finger-pointing is Inappropriate in Tucson’s Immediate Aftermath


An opaque fog still shrouds the entire affair, but in the aftermath of Tucson, the fingers are already pointing. A valuable quality during times like this these — days and weeks that follow events that we wish we could do … Continue reading

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Common Interest – Finding Empathy in Greed


When we hear the whistle of a distant siren or a see a flash of red zoom through our periphery, each of us knows what to do. It doesn’t matter how long ago we were supposed to be at that … Continue reading

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Civil Disobedience – What if the Democrats Had Compromised Less?


It’s time to admit that the ship of any sparse hope of party unity has sailed long ago. There no such thing as “typical” in Washington anymore. The crossroads at which we find ourselves is one of many options, many … Continue reading

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