Category Archives: Headlines

You need to care about what’s happening in Hong Kong

Hong Kong is the single most important arena in the struggle for human liberty on the planet today, and that struggle is in danger of being crushed under the boot of totalitarian oppression. It is also the place that may serve as the instigation of terrible eventualities. It could spark major global economic upheaval, or […]

Symbols are not defined by the worst people who use them

Have you ever been in a room with a group of people who are held in a metaphorical prison by one person? Let’s say you are in a meeting or class, and it is somebody’s turn to speak. The person is long winded and frequently wastes everyone’s time with unproductive babbling. What follows is as […]

Ross Perot changed American history

This week, H. Ross Perot, the enigmatic Texas billionaire, two-time presidential candidate and reform party founder passed away at the age of 89. Most of us have long since forgotten about Perot, and many adults today are too young to remember him, or fully understand the impact he had on the last 30 years of […]

Desire for escapism fuels success of superhero films

Like the rest of America, I spent last weekend at a movie theater with two of my kids, watching the latest Marvel movie, “Avengers: Endgame.” This is a movie that in a single weekend made $357 million in the United States, and $1.2 billion globally. There is little doubt, at this point, that it will end […]

How do we lower Maine’s tax burden?

Taxes are a complicated thing. You are taxed in many ways, not just on your income, and not just by one government. Indeed, American federalism guarantees that you are in fact taxed by your national government, you state government, your county government and your town government, to say nothing of the “fees” you pay to […]

Rules for thee and not for me

I’ve never been all that moralistic about public officials. While I am certain that there are good people who hold public office, in my experience the truth has been that power and influence attract only the worst among us. Those who seek power are usually the ones who are least deserving of it. This basic […]

The left is too invested in Russian collusion to let it go

We all like to think that we make rational, sound decisions based on our own quality judgment. We roll on with life, evaluate the facts we see in front of us, and act accordingly. Sadly, we’re wrong. The reality is that our decisions are manipulated by our personal, emotional investments that accumulate over time. The […]

The Progressive Olympics will decide Democratic nomination

When all is said and done, there will probably be more than 15 people running for the Democratic nomination for president. One thing is clear already. In order to win the nomination, Democrats are going to need to speak to the increasingly strident, socialistic, progressive activist segment, and energize them. All the attention, all the energy, […]

Resentment in sports, and politics

The day before the Super Bowl this year, my oldest son — who is going to be 12 this month — and I were in the car, talking about the upcoming game. After I stopped to get some gas, he mentioned to me that “nobody wanted the Patriots to win.” Living in New England in […]

In Congress, what is old is new again

I am constantly told that the ancient fossils in Congress need to be thrown out in favor of younger generations, because they will provide a “breath of fresh air” and offer “new ideas” about this country’s future. Now, I will say that seeing older, career politicians forcibly ejected from Washington, D.C. causes me no sadness. […]