I like to go back to Metro Atlanta often enough to remember why I left. Atlanta, of course, is now one hellishly dense suburb that stretches from Chattanooga to Columbus with a tightly stitched tapestry of chain crap and traffic snarls in between. I creep along and remember.
"Clinton to Paint Trump as a Risk to World Order." Thus did page one of Thursday's New York Times tee up Hillary Clinton's big San Diego speech on foreign policy.
It was such a marvelous idea: the United States of America.
Bernie Sanders is clearly winding down his campaign for the Democratic nomination. In speeches and interviews over the weekend, he started turning his lance away from Hillary Clinton and toward Donald Trump.
It's Friday afternoon and I'm sitting on the front porch of an uninhabited trailer that until recently was the home of Homer Cantrell.
Everything was different, the day after.
The president spoke a personal word: "I never forget that I live in a house owned by all the American people and that I have been given their trust."
"Something startling is happening to middle-aged white Americans. Unlike every other age group, unlike every other racial and ethnic group ... death rates in this group have been rising, not falling."
I was about to share my own sob story, when I read that hundreds of passengers missed their flights at Chicago O'Hare International Airport because of hours-long security lines.
A few words in defense of pragmatism. That ideal has taken quite a beating lately, mostly at the hands of Bernie Sanders and his supporters.
We must frankly face the fact that the front runners in both political parties represent a new low, at a time of domestic polarization and unprecedented nuclear dangers internationally.
A funny thing didn't happen on the way to the digital revolution. It failed to empty out the cities.
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