Under Trump, Senate Republicans hasten a country’s decline

Headline in today’s New York Times: “Trump Claims End of ‘American Decline’” and isn’t that a lovely thought?  Among the many lies in Trump’s State of the Union speech, his assertion that the nation’s days of decline are over -- and all because of his presidency -- might be the mother of them all. We … Continue reading Under Trump, Senate Republicans hasten a country’s decline

Wayne Gilchrest leaves a party lacking in courage, integrity, morality and justice

For my Sun column today about Trump's impeachment, I went to former Rep. Wayne Gilchrest. He was a long-time Republican, a thoughtful moderate who served Maryland's 1st District for 18 years, and he was in Washington as the nation became increasingly polarized, bringing us on a 25-year journey to Trump, his corrupt presidency, and now … Continue reading Wayne Gilchrest leaves a party lacking in courage, integrity, morality and justice

Why some people resent the ‘squeegee boys’ of Baltimore

Before I leave the subject, until next time, a further thought about the boys and young men who offer to wash car windshields at a few busy Baltimore intersections -- the squeegee workers. This issue is so fraught with race, politics and class dynamics, it’s hard to have a civil discussion about it. On Sunday, after … Continue reading Why some people resent the ‘squeegee boys’ of Baltimore

‘Just Mercy’ and the work of justice crusaders

A new film, “Just Mercy,” tells the story of the extraordinary efforts of a young attorney, Bryan Stevenson, to save the life of an innocent man, Walter McMillian, who had been placed on Alabama’s Death Row even before his wrongful conviction for murder in 1988. The movie, starring Jamie Foxx and Michael B. Jordan, lands … Continue reading ‘Just Mercy’ and the work of justice crusaders

The psychological mess of a man in the White House takes us to Code Red

While Trump’s election was a truly tragic development, it was not until his decision to kill Suleimani and provoke retaliation from -- if not war with -- Iran that we could see Trump’s psychological condition fully deployed and dangerous. The United States has a narcissist for president. The motivation for everything he does is fed … Continue reading The psychological mess of a man in the White House takes us to Code Red