O.J.’s parole vindicates the system

  It’s my guess that many Americans are not in agreement with the decision by a parole board in Nevada to let O.J. Simpson out of prison after serving nine years for an armed robbery in Las Vegas. The case involved a hassle over possession of sports souvenirs and memorabilia that Simpson said belonged to him. It’s also my guess that details of the Vegas robbery don’t really matter to most  folks, whether they’ll admit or not. What gets them is that O.J. beat the rap in the murder of his wife Nicole and her friend...

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Who are the best and worst presidents in your lifetime?

  Since I’m probably older than most of my readers, I have more U.S. presidents from which to choose in answering the question in  the headline above. I have another advantage in this regard: The first of the 15 presidents in my lifetime, Franklin D. Roosevelt, was the best. And the latest of those chief executives, Donald Trump, is the worst — after only six months on the job. All the others have been comparatively mediocre in retrospect — which is to say that FDR was very good, and The Donald is very bad. Of course,...

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Donald Trump is not my commander in chief

  A friend of mine and I were arguing the other day about the political  skills — or lack of them — of the current occupant of the White House when my opponent said something that probably makes perfect sense to far too many Americans. “Donald Trump is our commander in chief,” he declared, “and we owe him respect.” I responded that Trump is not my  commander in chief and is not the commander in chief of most Americans. The guy acted as if I had just spit on the flag. “Barack Obama was not my...

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Trump’s first six months as president have been a disaster

  On Thursday of this week, Donald Trump will reach the half-year point of his presidency — and his record thus far has been nothing to brag about. The Donald’s standing in the polls tell the story: No previous president has had lower approval numbers at this juncture. One hardly knows where to begin itemizing Trump’s failures and missteps. The available choices are numerous. But I would start with his peculiar love affair with Russia and Vladimir Putin. Indeed, the Russian thing still has the potential to undo the...

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Does your support for an idea fade if the wrong person backs it?

  If Donald Trump ever comes up with a really good idea, I’m going to go out of my way to support it. I don’t want to be accused of suffering from Trump Derangement Syndrome. Allow me to explain: Four  years ago, a Washington Post/ABC poll conducted before President Obama unveiled a gun-control agenda showed Republicans overwhelmingly supporting — or no worse than evenly divided — on four central Obama proposals. But when a subsequent WaPo/ABC poll asked for reaction to Obama’s proposals — without specifying the...

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