That Donald Trump may believe we are living through another 1968 says less about the nation today and more about a man who may be our president. He admits to getting his news on cable, which creates a virtual 1968 with its constant images of unrest, violence, terrorism, and crime. But a virtual 1968 is not a real one, and we must expect any leader of our country to resist the emotional pull of gruesome television images and to think rationally and deliberately about the real state of our nation.
You hear a gay bar called a “soft target,” and you are forced to confront the inconceivability of hardening the soft targets where you live your life, like the mall you were planning to shop at this afternoon, or the café where you ate last night, which in hindsight could be the twin of the Tel Aviv café where terrorists killed four people a few days before.
Once again, our nation is forced to struggle with the pain and confusion that follows an act of political violence, an act of terrorism. But I hope that an important facet of this attack does not go forgotten: Omar Mateen targeted the LGBT community, and he did so for a reason.
The year 2015 was tumultuous: Gay marriage was legalized nationally, the 2015 race began in earnest, transgender rights and racism become dominating discussions, and an underestimated threat named ISIS became a household name.
As the new year begins, PunditWire presents some of the most interesting and pertinent pieces that we published in 2015. Continue reading 10 Pieces from 2015
For a while, all she’ll know is that yes, she did have a mommy and daddy, but they died. But one day, whoever is then caring for her may be unable to avoid telling her the rest of the story – how they abandoned her to do a terrible thing, and how they died. Continue reading The San Bernardino terrorists’ 6-month-old