The questionable series of executive orders during Trump’s first week, the appointment of Breitbart’s Steve Bannon to the National Security Council, the summary firing of Acting Attorney General Sally Yates when she refused to uphold the immigration ban on grounds of legality, and the fact that the White House statement regarding her dismissal suggested that she “betrayed the Department of Justice” should send chills through the bones of any patriotic American. Yates’ dismissal and the rationale behind it are a threat to our rule of law. The playbook for autocracy exists, many of us have lived it before, and Americans should be aware that it can happen anywhere. It is now our duty to exercise our right to assemble, to protest, to hound our elected officials to stand up, and to be vigilant about protecting our rights AND the rights of others. This is not a drill.
Many years ago I read a book called “All I Really Need To Know I Learned From Watching Star Trek.” I was attracted to it not only because I’m a fanboy but also because I do agree that so many of life’s great lessons are encapsulated in the great TV franchise that is Star Trek. […]
I have some thoughtful friends who promptly send calendar invites after we arrange to get together, almost without fail. I love that. And to those particular friends, a heartfelt thank you. Calendar invites are a time-saving gift. I say “gift” for a reason. I appreciate them very much, but I don’t expect them – and […]
We recently bought a new car, loaded with all of the latest safety features. It’s not a Tesla and doesn’t drive itself – but when the safety features activate, the car pretty much takes over, braking quickly or even steering the car back into its lane in the event that the driver dozes off and […]