Behind the Romney play 

There are probably ten or twenty books-worth of articles now in existence that speculate as to why Donald Trump does anything he does. But I find the speculation around why Trump keeps doing a do-si-do with Mitt Romney to be some of the most intriguing. Chris Cillizza in the Washington Post, Frank Bruni in the…

On Flag Burning

In the Spring of 1982, no longer a Chinese major or a freshman, I began to finish off the liberal arts requirements at my new college within the same university. I was particularly taken in by Introduction to Sociology and Father Chris Johnson. He often paced and penetrated into the aisles during his lectures, gesticulating…

Trump to go on adoration bender

To distract from other distractions, President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team announced today that Mr. Trump would go on a “thank you tour”. It reportedly will start in Ohio on Thursday. Of course, a “massive rally” is planned. It’s never been too early to see the method in Donald Trump’s madness. And it’s necessary if we’re…

How do you solve a problem like the Donald?

Donald Trump went on yet another Twitter tirade Sunday. For anyone keeping track, there was this one and this one in July, this one in September, a mini one in October during the Veep debate, this one about “Hamilton” earlier this month and then this one barely a week ago – oh wait, that was…

In Trump do not trust

Do not trust Donald Trump, unless you want to be disappointed, repeatedly. Not because he lies. Not because he exaggerates. Not because he has evil intent. But because he will always put himself first. In Donald Trump’s case, putting oneself first isn’t the common notion we have about doing what is in one’s best interest.…

Flame wars are back

Back in the day, when one blog would go after another blog, we called it a flame war. Why we did it? Who can say. We were picked on so often by so many non-blogs, it hardly seemed productive to pick on each other. But mostly it was tied to legitimacy and eyeballs. At least…

Toni Morrison on losing privilege

The allocation of finite resources. It is at the bottom of everything, or at least so much. Including how we have notions of race and privilege. It is what makes the phrase, “From each according to his abilities, to each according to his needs” sound so benign except, for some, for its connection to Karl…

Election pep talk

Back in September, I got a request to speak to elementary and middle school students at a local Jewish day school as part of a day of election events held on election day itself. I’d asked in advance for an idea of what they’d like me to address and I thought publishing those remarks here…