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How a Moral Crisis Underlies US Political Crisis

This piece ran this week as a newspaper op/ed in my congressional District (VA-06). I ran it as a kind of sequel to the...

The Key Role of Public Opinion in the Gathering Trump War

Two years ago last Friday -- November 9, 2016, the day after Trump won the presidency -- like millions of other Americans, I felt...

Ben Cline: Clearly on the Wrong Side of Our Constitutional Crisis

The day after the election last week, there appeared in our local newspaper (The Northern Virginia Daily) an article featuring Ben Cline, who had...

Vote for Checks and Balances (My Pre-Election Op/Ed Message to My...

This piece has run this weekend in newspapers in my very red congressional district (VA-06). ************************ Vote for Checks and Balances We can know how America’s founders...

An Invitation to National Democratic Leaders– and a Two-Fer for the...

The most pressing political task now facing us -- "us" meaning all Democrats, and indeed all Americans who understand the current threat to American...

Our Inherent Uncertainty About the Future

Introduction: This piece will be appearing in the newspapers in my very red congressional District, VA-06. These pieces are always written with the conservatives...

Does the 25th Amendment Apply Here?

The following piece is my weekly op/ed for newspapers in my very red congressional district, VA-06. ***************************** What should be included in the notion of the...

“The Anger of the Legions” Meets the Tea Party

Thanks to the firing of General McChrystal from his command in Afghanistan, Americans, wittingly or not, find ourselves at a tipping point in the evolution of our society, a point which history tells us is inevitably reached by every large power, after which that society goes down one of several possible different paths, generally without its participants' expressly realizing what has happened until long after the fact, if ever. The choices made, the threats perceived, the problems forcing the crisis almost always, I believe, bring about unintended consequences quite different from the expected results. The nature of tipping points is such that many different actors in the scenario in some way do sense the revolutionary nature of the moment and try, each of them, to seize and control the opportunity but, however savvy each participant may be, or whatever they believe it is necessary to do, the unintended consequences of their actions in the longer term rarely match their intentions.