Those Presidential Orders? Don’t Forget Executive Order 9066
Seventy-five years ago (February 19, 1942), President Franklin Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066. The order authorized the forced removal of 110,000 people of Japanese descent in the U.S. to incarceration camps away from their homes, places of work, and community activities. In an anniversary issue, The Seattle Times published pictures and copies of old news… Read More »
Sidney Chambers in The Forgiveness of Sins by James Runcie
The Forgiveness of Sins is the fourth book of the Grantchester mystery series. These stories are not suspense stories but quiet mysteries, involving more than solving a crime. They offer insight into problems of evil, sin, and redemption. Critics have compared the series to G.K. Chesterton’s Father Brown mysteries. The main character of the Grantchester… Read More »
How To Kill Your Religion
Speaking of the political maelstrom that elected Donald Trump to the presidency, Russell D. Moore, a leader in the Southern Baptist Convention, wrote: “. . . the crisis comes from the fact that the old-guard religious right political establishment normalized an awful candidate . . .” (Russell D. Moore, president of the Ethics and Religious… Read More »
Success: How Much Depends on You Alone?
Robert H. Frank, in his book Success and Luck, explores the role played by luck in the success or lack of it in a person’s life. Those of a spiritual nature may prefer the term providence instead of luck, but no matter. Frank suggests the good fortune of a person with talent born in the… Read More »
What Are Those Judo-Christian Values?
According to “Talking Points” in The Week (February 10, 2017), Steve Bannon, formerly of Breitbart.com, is the power behind the throne of President Donald Trump’s administration. Named as the President’s key advisor, he “has described Christian civilization as under mortal threat from unassimilated immigrants and radical Islam.” Judo-Christian values are under threat, many fear. They… Read More »
Midnight Wanderings Led to New Novel
Terrorists attacked a residential compound in Saudi Arabia in May, 2004, where Americans and other expatriates lived. I was working in the U.S. State Department’s “watch” or operations center in Washington at the time. On my last overseas assignment before returning to the U.S. to work on the watch, I lived near the attacked compound.… Read More »
The Last Line of Defense
According to reports, hundreds of U.S. State Department employees are signing a “dissent” cable.” This dissent cable is a communication to the acting head of the State Department indicating disapproval of the recently signed order by President Trump halting the processing of refugees into the United States. Many of these signers have worked overseas with… Read More »
Wall Street Is Doing Well; What About Main Street?
The bull market is setting records. As might be expected, putting one of their own into the White House appears to have excited Wall Street. Good times are here again, at least for them. What about Main Street? Some on Main Street are excited about Wall Street elites replacing government elites. Surely Wall Street will… Read More »
The original America First was a movement appearing shortly before the entry of the United States into World War II in 1941. It was the ending act of the American withdrawal from foreign commitments after World War I. Americans had rejected President Woodrow Wilson’s idea for a League of Nations to prevent future wars. World… Read More »
Leadership Is Not About You
Prudence Bushnell was the ambassador when the U.S. embassy in Nairobi, Kenya, was bombed by terrorists in 1998. Over 200 people were killed. The majority were nearby Kenyan civilians who happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. Forty-six of Bushnell’s colleagues, Kenyan and American, died in the embassy itself. “Leadership is… Read More »
Harry S. Truman, an Example for Donald J. Trump
Donald Trump, President-elect as of this writing, due to be sworn in as the 45th President of the United States in two days, tends to issue orders. Some have applauded Trump’s style, believing that Mr. Trump will operate the U.S. government with the same authoritative style that he used in ordering around employees in his… Read More »
The Russian Bear and the American Eagle
In the early 1990’s in Saudi Arabia, during my assignment at the U.S. consulate in Jeddah, the Saudis and the Russians opened diplomatic relations. The U.S. and its allies, officially including Russia, had just won the first Gulf war to liberate Kuwait from the Iraqi occupation. The days were full of optimism and enthusiasm. Russia… Read More »