Donald Trump’s War on the 1960s


Donald Trump and his supporters may be waging battles against the press, immigrants, voting rights, the environment, science, social welfare programs, Planned Parenthood and what they label political correctness and the deep state.

But to them these are mere skirmishes in a much larger conflict. The president has essentially declared an all-out war on the American 1960s.

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Teaching The Vietnamese How To Write Speeches

vietnam I’m giving a workshop for diplomats on speechwriting, with material I’ve used dozens of times. But this first day hasn’t gone well in Hanoi.

Yes, Hanoi, capital of Vietnam, the country that once consumed me and my friends, then mostly left our minds in 1975, shortly after Marine helicopters lifted the last refugees and Americans off the roof of the US embassy. The country that in the past four decades has tripled in population, reduced poverty, and, not without missteps, created a nimble hybrid of communism and capitalism that’s brought 6 percent economic growth a year since 2000. Continue reading Teaching The Vietnamese How To Write Speeches

Why I Returned My Eagle Scout Badge

On August 23, I joined with over 120 Eagle Scouts and returned my Eagle badge in protest over the Boy Scouts of America’s decision to reaffirm its ban on openly gay Scouts and Scout leaders. Continue reading Why I Returned My Eagle Scout Badge

When Words Fail

A Protester in Egypt

It’s February 8, 2011 and Hosni Mubarak is still President of Egypt. On one level, that’s completely unsurprising, given that he’s held the job for 30 years. But on another level, given the dramatic events of the past two weeks, a culminating event sometime before the Super Bowl seemed inevitable. Late last week, the White House began communicating through a variety of channels that it was time for Mubarak to go … but today, they hedged, saying that change doesn’t have to come quickly. Continue reading When Words Fail

The Tea Party is Mad as Hell — And the Media Shouldn’t Take it Anymore

What are Tea Party activists talking about when they say government is taking away their fundamental freedoms?

A vigorous debate about the size of government is a worthwhile discussion, Leonard Steinhorn says, but “the paranoid and delusional side of this movement is getting a free ride in the press.” Continue reading The Tea Party is Mad as Hell — And the Media Shouldn’t Take it Anymore