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JFK at 100

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John F. Kennedy was the Steve McQueen of presidents. His family were the reality stars before the Kardashians.

He would have turned 100 years old today. But he’s forever frozen in time as the vibrant, handsome president of the early 60s.

Ever since I was a kid, the presidency has fascinated me and JFK has been part of that fasciation. He’s often considered to be one of our ten best presidents. He continues to have one of the highest favorability ratings among former presidents. Kennedy biographer Robert Dallek Continue reading “JFK at 100”

The misery of politics 

I think essentially all Americans would sincerely like other people to be happy. Even people who we don’t know and with whom we will never have any interactions, I think we would still like those individuals to have happy and fulfilled lives.

Everyone wants what’s best. It’s just that there is disagreement on the best way to get there. The 2016 election was hard fought, and often times ugly. I had hoped that there would be a period of calm afterwards, but things have seemed to get even worse since the election. 
The hatred and disdain that politics brings out towards our friends, our relatives, our neighbors is unfortunate. Continue reading “The misery of politics “

The ghost of Reagan: words resonate 10 years after his death

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Ronald Reagan died 10 years ago today. While I’m too young to remember his presidency, over the years, I’ve learned a lot about Reagan, and I believe that he is the greatest president in modern American history. Did he make mistakes? Of course.

But I look to Reagan and I so many great qualities that our current president lacks. Reagan built up the military, Obama tears it down. Reagan was a leader. Obama is an appeaser. Reagan believed that it was “morning in America.” Obama wants to “fundamentally transform America.” I find myself asking how President Obama would have handled diplomatic situations with the Soviet Union. For Reagan, he knew that America had the moral high ground between the tyrannical regimes that communism led to. He wasn’t a cultural relativist, he viewed it as the great evil that it was. As Reagan said in his great “A Time for Choosing” speech, ” We’re at war with the most dangerous enemy that has ever faced mankind in his long climb from the swamp to the stars, and it’s been said if we lose that war, and in so doing lose this way of freedom of ours, history will record with the greatest astonishment that those who had the most to lose did the least to prevent its happening. Well I think it’s time we ask ourselves if we still know the freedoms that were intended for us by the Founding Fathers.” Continue reading “The ghost of Reagan: words resonate 10 years after his death”

Biden’s debate antics were smoke in mirrors

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As I think about last night’s vice presidential debate, part of me wonders if Biden’s goal wasn’t so much to win the debate but if it was to “not lose.” I think it’s tough to say who a clear winner was. I know many think that Biden dominated. But how? On what points did he articulate a better vision for America and actually talk Ryan down?  Continue reading “Biden’s debate antics were smoke in mirrors”

Former Ohio governor misquotes Bible, criticizes Romney

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Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney has come under fire at the Democratic National Convention for investing abroad. Yesterday, Ted Strickland, the former governor of my home state of Ohio used the Bible in his criticism of Romney.

Strickland said:

Mitt Romney has so little economic patriotism that even his money needs a passport. It summers on the beaches of the Cayman Islands and winters on the slopes of the Swiss Alps. In Matthew, chapter 6, verse 21, the scriptures teach us that where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. My friends, any man who aspires to be our president should keep both his treasure and his heart in the United States of America. … Barack Obama is betting on the American worker. Mitt Romney is betting on a Bermuda shell corporation. Barack Obama saved the American auto industry. Mitt Romney saved on his taxes. Barack Obama is an economic patriot. Mitt Romney is an outsourcing pioneer.

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Remembrance and reflection: my friend Johnnie


I still remember the first time I ever talked to Johnnie. He was helping plan a philanthropy for his fraternity, and he called me after I had volunteered to do stand up comedy at the event. He was so enthusiastic, that I had a hard time understanding him. Johnnie had never heard my routine before, but he was so excited and complimentary that he made me feel like I was Jerry Seinfeld, or some other famous comedian.
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