Recently I saw a political cartoon that really struck me. Everyone has read about the “Greatest Generation.” I do not qualify for that distinction as I was an eight-year-old schoolboy at the time of Pearl Harbor. The cartoon depicted the fact that 18-20-year-olds in 1944 were storming the Normandy beaches in France or were fighting in the jungles of the South Pacific islands.
Just before 8 a.m. on March 22, as the morning rush hit, the International Airport in Brussels, Belgium was shaken by two explosions. The nearby metro station was hit shortly thereafter. These explosions killed 31 people and injured 300 more.
Even before most major news outlets confirmed that Prince had died, mournful posts began filling my timeline. First, there was denial: “Not Prince, dammit, not Prince,” a friend tweeted. The other stages of grief soon followed.
Over the next six weeks, Republican voters in the remaining primary states from Indiana to California face an unenviable choice. They can vote for Donald Trump, a boastful vulgarian who hasn’t thought much about how he would govern beyond building a wall on the border.
Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, announced his VP pick, Carly Fiorina, in Indiana Wednesday afternoon, taking his best shot to rouse the GOP and stop Donald Trump. Watching first Cruz and then Fiorina, one could see why this might work:
Bernie Sanders isn’t losing. Just ask many of his backers or listen to some of his own complaints. He’s being robbed, a victim of antiquated rules, voter suppression, shady arithmetic and a corrupt Democratic establishment. The swindle includes the South’s getting inordinate sway and the poor none at all. If Americans really had a voice, they would shout “Bernie! Bernie! Bernie!” until too hoarse to shout anymore.
The phrase “gun culture” tends to conjure certain stereotypes of frenzied extremists or ignorant hoodlums. As frequently happens with stereotypes, a grain of truth masks the diversity within the millions of gun-owning Americans.
The recent attention given to lawyer Eric Conn and his cronies regarding their fraudulent activities involving Supplemental Security Income should not detract from the needed attention on those Social Security managers whom whistleblower Sarah Carver said “had knowledge of it for years.”