We Liberals Have to Stop Being so Damn Smug

I didn’t vote for Trump. I consider myself a liberal with a small “l.” I believe in the value of basic humanity, diversity, and the freedom of religion enshrined in the constitution. Donald Trump was a candidate who seemed to respect none of those values, and the idea of him ascending to the Oval Office filled…

What A Black Woman Wishes Her Adoptive White Parents Knew

Ariel Davis “Without light I am not only invisible, but formless as well; and to be unaware of one’s form is to live a death.” —Ralph Ellison, Invisible Man Let’s begin with the picture. A small Polaroid taken of my family in the early ’90s at a flea market in Denver, Colorado. There were five…

Remembering Norman Borlaug, a Man Who Quietly Saved Hundreds of Millions of People

The twentieth century is remarkable for bloodshed and lives lost through the madness of men. Stalin and Mao created environmental ruin and starved around 40 million individuals. The Black Book of Communism details another 70 million lives lost through the action of Soviet “cooperatives,” all in peacetime. World War I and the later monomania of Hitler and his financiers pushed…

The Second Amendment was Ratified to Preserve Slavery

The real reason the Second Amendment was ratified, and why it says “State” instead of “Country” (the Framers knew the difference – see the 10th Amendment), was to preserve the slave patrol militias in the southern states, which was necessary to get Virginia’s vote.  Founders Patrick Henry, George Mason, and James Madison were totally clear…

No, it’s not your opinion. You’re just wrong.

I have had so many conversations or email exchanges with students in the last few years wherein I anger them by indicating that simply saying, “This is my opinion” does not preclude a connected statement from being dead wrong. It still baffles me that some feel those four words somehow give them carte blanche to…

Max’s Story – Humans of New York

For the last several weeks Humans of New York have been doing a fundraiser to aid Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, which is a pediatric cancer center in New York. Each entry has had a heart wrenching story of the families and friends of these children. This one hit me the hardest. Today is the…