O Holy Night

So much debate about the reason for the season, such as the Starbucks cup kerfuffle, seems incomplete at best. Christmas, I learned from Stephen Nissenbaum, originates as a pagan carnival for drinking, eating, and gift-giving, and it was initially banned by American Puritans and later appropriated by them and others, such as entrepreneurs. It’s beginning to look like a good holiday again, a time when the faithful come a-wassailing and bearing gifts to jingle bells, deck the halls, and wish a Merry Christmas to all.

Our Past and Our Future

I wonder how many people voted for Donald Trump and how many were voting for change.

Those who voted for Trump might already be disappointed because he seems to have reversed central campaign positions on the reality of climate change, for example, or prosecuting Hillary Clinton. These people must wonder what, if he feels so little loyalty to campaign positions so soon after the election, else he will do.  Continue reading “Our Past and Our Future”

Playing Politics

I’m surprised, given Paul Ryan’s previous positions, that he won’t disavow Donald Trump after the most recent revelation of Trump’s attitude about women, which suggests that Ryan places politics over rectitude or values. Ryan initially indicated that he was unprepared to endorse Trump, who returned the favor, and he later called Trump’s comments about a Mexican judge racist, as well as criticized Trump’s reaction to a Muslim soldier’s parents and his hesitation about David Duke. However, he merely uninvites Trump to his recent rally rather than rejects his candidacy, and his worldview, as an increasing number of Republicans have done, and that seems insufficient, and could, and probably should, cost him politically and personally — what respectable leader wouldn’t repudiate such an individual from his own party?