Is America losing its moral authority?

American diplomats who are the global face of the United States are struggling with how to demand human rights, democracy and rule of law abroad amid concerns overseas and criticism at home over the Trump administration’s strong arm response to the protests across the country. Lara Jakes and Edward Wong, The New York Times My…

Has America lost the trust of its allies?

In the view of European officials, the United States has gone from being an indispensable ally to an undependable one. All in less than four years under the Trump administration. The case in point is Trump’s decision to unilaterally withdraw troops from Germany as a result of Angela Merkel’s not agreeing to attend a Group…

Going Down Inflamed

Friday evenings we go to church for ten minutes. That’s when the duo of Mark Shields and David Brooks speak with PBS NewsHour anchor Judy Woodruff about the events of the prior week. Almost every week we are buoyed by the thoughtful analysis. Last night, on the topic of national leadership, Shields commented that a…

Truthiness Has Become Callous Make Believe

What’s remarkable is how much fictionalization plays a role in almost every national debate ...we live in the age of truthiness ... ready and eager to be duped by the next tall tale. It’s as if the country is living in a permanent state of suspension of disbelief.Frank Rich, The New York Times These words…

Flying Blind Into the Storm

I am spitting mad that the people making decisions for Americans — in the government, who we have elected to help us live our lives — are opening the doors to the resumption of economic activity without knowing — through widespread community testing and contact tracing, none of which are even discussed — what we…