The sudden appearance of Donald Trump on the political horizon last year may have been surprising, but not nearly as surprising as seeing some conservatives supporting him.
If there is one pattern that is emerging from this year's political campaigns, it is that rhetoric beats reality -- in both parties.
We hear many fallacies in election years. The fallacy that seems to be most popular this year is that, if Donald Trump comes close to getting the 1,237 delegates required to become the Republican nominee, and that nomination goes instead to someone else, then the convention will have ignored "the voice of the people."
It is seldom that the fate of a nation can be traced to what happened on one particular day. But that may be what happens in the United States of America on Tuesday, March 15, 2016.
It is desperation time for the Republican party establishment.
The worst political blunder of all time, according to scientist Freeman Dyson, was the decision of the emperor of China in 1433 to cut off his country from the outside world.
The "Super Tuesday" primaries may be a turning point for America -- and quite possibly a turn for the worse.
Amid the petty bickering, loud rhetoric and sordid attack ads in this year's primary election campaigns, the death of a giant -- Justice Antonin Scalia -- suddenly overshadows all of that.
Of all the many things said about Donald Trump, what was said by Roger Ailes, head of the Fox News Channel, said it all in just two words: "Grow up!"
The latest tempest in a teapot controversy is over a lack of black nominees for this year's Academy Awards in Hollywood.
Former governor Sarah Palin is an intelligent person, contrary to how liberals have tried to portray her.
Storm trooper tactics by bands of college students making ideological demands across the country, and immediate preemptive surrender by college administrators -- such as at the University of Missouri recently -- bring back memories of the 1960s, for those of us old enough to remember what it was like being there, and seeing first-hand how painful events unfolded.
A hostile review of my new book -- "Wealth, Poverty and Politics" -- said, "there is apparently no level of inequality of income or opportunity that Thomas Sowell would consider unacceptable."
Some time ago, burglars in England scrawled a message on the wall of a home they had looted: "RICH BASTARDS."
Critics and defenders of the harsh interrogation methods applied to captured terrorists can argue forever over whether those methods were "torture."
Everyone seems to have an opinion about the tragic events in Ferguson, Missouri.
The New York Times is again on the warpath against what it calls "predatory lending."
Random thoughts on the passing scene:
What a non-judgmental society amounts to is that common decency is optional -- which means that decency is likely to become less common.
Some pundits are saying that President Obama has been floundering in his response to the ISIS crisis because public opinion polls show most Americans don't want another war.
While we talk about democracy and equal rights, we seem increasingly to let both private and government decisions be determined by mob rule.
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