BidenBrief #12: The Riot Was Foreseeable

2021-01-14T16:42:25-06:00January 14th, 2021|

Hello Everyone, In the wake of the riot at the Capitol on January 6, Donald Trump’s mental illnesses (narcissim and psychopathy) reached their apogees. His insatiable and ever-greater need for attention is akin to an opioid addiction. His fatal overdose finally came in the guise of an insurrection -- real time, on national television, recorded [...]

BidenBrief #11: Trust, the Book and the Challenges

2020-10-27T10:12:48-05:00October 26th, 2020|

Hello Everyone, In this last commentary before Election Day, I want to turn to Pete Buttigieg’s book Trust: America’s Best Chance which I cited in my first BidenBrief in July.  It was released on October 6. With perfect timing in anticipation of writing this piece, my wife, Penny Sebring, and I met alone with Pete [...]

BidenBrief #10: We Can Survive This Turbulence

2020-10-19T09:24:46-05:00October 15th, 2020|

Hello Everyone, Today, we face the all-too-familiar nightmare featuring a problematic president, a pandemic and resulting economic hardship, and a racist reckoning unseen since the 1960s. But, there are two reasons for hope.  If enough of us vote, that problematic president may soon begin to fade away even if, to adapt a phrase, “he does [...]

BidenBrief #9: The “Debate” — Another Wanton Act of Cruelty

2020-10-05T10:25:53-05:00October 2nd, 2020|

Hello Everyone, The news of President and Mrs. Trump’s positive COVID tests broke just as I was finishing writing this piece. In the spirit of compassion, I wish them both well. Since the presidential-debate-turned-horror-show, I have struggled to make sense of it, as I’m sure many of you have. What causes Donald Trump to commit [...]

BidenBrief #8: Will He Go?

2020-09-24T16:03:05-05:00September 24th, 2020|

  Hello Everyone, When I started writing these Briefs, I pledged to avoid talking about the incumbent.  But, now I can’t avoid it. Will he go if he loses?  Once again, he has threatened as recently as today to ignore a norm that is central to our democracy – peaceful presidential transitions.  Fortunately, some Republican [...]

BidenBrief #7: Two Biden Speeches and Kenosha in Between

2020-09-10T15:56:25-05:00September 10th, 2020|

Hello Everyone, In this edition, I want to offer excerpts from two of Joe Biden’s recent important speeches, once again arguing that reading reinforces hearing. But before I do, I wanted to make some brief observations about the happenings in Kenosha. Kenosha Last week, Penny and I timidly ventured beyond a five-mile radius from our [...]

BidenBrief #6: President Obama’s Convention Speech

2020-08-27T16:10:48-05:00August 27th, 2020|

Hello Everyone, When I set out to write these Briefs, I promised myself that I would avoid mentioning the current president’s name.  But, now I must break that promise for the briefest moment.  Obama made me do it. The world knows that President Obama spoke at the Democratic Convention last week, in the toughest tone [...]

BidenBrief #5: Michelle Obama’s Convention Speech

2020-09-24T16:06:28-05:00August 20th, 2020|

Hello Everyone, I’m sure that many of you are watching the Democratic convention.  In my opinion and others, one highlight was Michelle Obama’s speech on Monday night.  It was special. If you have been reading my commentaries for a while, you’ll remember that I frequently recommend reading important speeches in addition to listening to them.  [...]

BidenBrief #4: Team of Rivals

2020-08-13T16:37:33-05:00August 13th, 2020|

Hello Everyone, One of my long-time readers is a Nobel laureate.  In reaction to Brief #3, he asked me, in essence, whether I am confident that Vice President Biden would surround himself with a competent cabinet to compensate for his own alleged deficiencies.  I am. Fortunately, Joe Biden is blessed with an abundance of former [...]

BidenBrief #3: The Importance of Trust

2020-08-06T15:59:17-05:00August 6th, 2020|

Hello Everyone, This is the third of what I anticipate will be about a dozen commentaries on Vice President Biden as we run up to November 3.  I apologize for adding to what I imagine is your already over-flowing inbox resulting from the pandemic.  But, we simply much keep our eyes on the prize. In [...]

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