Last month I had the privilege of joining a study tour to Cuba with former members of Congress — sponsored by the U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress (FMC). We met with government and Communist Party officials, members of the National Assembly and Foreign Ministry, artists, scholars, academics, economists, entrepreneurs, even cigar workers. Cubans feel genuine optimism that the recent normalization of relations with the United States may usher in a new era of cooperation. Continue reading Our Moment in Cuba?
The dysfunctional government epidemic endlessly tracked by the media has yet to reach my outlier within-the-beltway neighborhood. Continue reading America Works
Way back during the Cold War, the U.S. and Soviet Union were locked in a tense face-off for decades. Both sides had huge arsenals of thermonuclear devices. But there was a doctrine of military strategy called Mutually Assured Destruction, or MAD, that kept the missiles in their silos. It became a foundation in the national security policies of both great powers that the use of high-yield weapons of mass destruction by either side would bring about immediate and total retaliation by the other side and cause the complete annihilation of both. Continue reading It’s a MAD, MAD, MAD World
There’s an early Philip Roth story about a bunch of Jewish kids in Hebrew school trying to figure out whether Jesus lived or not.
“The Catholics,” Itzie Lieberman says, “they believe in Jesus Christ, that he’s God.”
Lieberman, Roth adds, “used ‘the Catholics’ in its broadest sense — to include the Protestants.”
I confess, when I was a kid in a largely Jewish town, I was similarly confused. I think I have it straight, now. But I was confused again this week, reading about Dave Brat’s surprising primary election win over Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA)… Continue reading Brat — The protesting Protestant?
John Paul Stevens, retired associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, has responded to the high court’s recent decisions on campaign finance with an incredibly bad idea: He has proposed an amendment to the Constitution to override the First Amendment and allow Congress and the states impose what he calls “reasonable limits on the amount of money that candidates for public office, or their supporters, may spend in election campaigns.” Continue reading Justice Stevens’ Incredibly Bad Idea