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Gary Hart's Lament

Tucked away in Sunday’s New York Times is an article by former Colorado senator and presidential aspirant Gary Hart entitled “The Road Not Taken.” It posits a fascinating evaluation of Hart’s Democratic Party.

The 1970s brought societal revolutions, he notes, citing globalization; the decline of U.S. manufacturing; emergence of the oil cartel; and the “unsustainable costs of cold war military deployments.” The result: a squeeze on America’s middle class.

Syria's Checkpoint Jokes

For more than a year, Syrian citizens have endured brutal repression as Western observers, from the comfort of their desk chairs and kitchen tables, have read with increasing fatalism of the seemingly hopeless situation.

Romney's Bundlers Under Wraps

The Washington Post calls attention to a worthy issue in its recent editorial “Mr. Romney’s Secret Bundlers.” Unlike the current president or his two Republican predecessors, John McCain and President George W. Bush, Mitt Romney has provided almost no information about his camp’s so-called “bundlers,” the well-connected people who do behind-the-scenes work to gather campaign donations. Romney’s secret team helped his camp outraise President Obama last month.

The Real Issue in Wisconsin

The Scott Walker detractors have been in overdrive since Tuesday in trying to interpret the Wisconsin governor’s big victory in his recall election. The aim seems to be to avoid at all costs the idea that they were on the wrong side of an issue that has become fundamental to America’s financial health.

A Stiff Apology is a Second Insult

At some point, you might have written an embarrassing letter to someone who wronged you, demanding an apology. Since most reasonable, remorseful persons apologize of their own volition, these demanded apologies are often directed at the worst offenders: A slovenly boyfriend who wrecked your car and then punched your younger brother. The best friend who sold you out and then took your promotion. The spouse who drained your 401k and then vanished.

Kissinger's Words of Warning

Henry Kissinger has been on the scene for many decades, and still his analytical depth remains as rare today as when he served as national-security adviser and secretary of state. Consider his recent Washington Post article in which he warns of the dangers inherent in overthrowing the Westphalian system that emerged in Europe after the devastation of the Thirty Years' War.