“Immigrants – We Get the Job Done!”

Stuart Lyle The hit Broadway show ’Hamilton’ has enjoyed a meteoric rise.  Less than a year ago, it opened off-Broadway, but quickly found traction and was on Broadway by midsummer.  Now shows are sold out well into later this year.  Few would have predicted that a show about founding father Alexander Hamilton would strike such a deep chord with a…

An Idea So Shining: Freedom of Religion in America

David and Jeanne Heidler If you’re looking for strange juxtapositions, you had a whopper this weekend. On January 16, 1919, the Eighteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution was ratified. In case you’re a bit fuzzy on the amendment numbers, that was the one prohibiting the “manufacture, sale, or transportation of intoxicating liquors for beverage…

The 2016 Presidential Candidates in a Word

W.J. Astore Continuing our election coverage, I thought I’d try to sum up each major candidate with a single word (excluding profanities).  I encourage readers to submit your own words for each candidate in the comments section below.   The Democrats Clinton: Compromised.  No candidate is more beholden to special interests and the establishment than…

The Republican Alternate Universe of Paranoia

W.J. Astore I watched last night’s Republican debate so you wouldn’t have to.  Leaving aside the usual mugging by Donald Trump, the usual jousting over side issues like whether Ted Cruz is a natural born citizen, I thought I’d take an impressionistic approach to the debate.  You can read the debate transcript here (if you…