Monthly Archives: October 2008

Snakes and Bears and the language of the Clintons.

Just a quick thought on some election language. We all know the obscenity of this incendiary “terrorist, Muslim” talk from McCain and Palin — mostly Palin, product of one of the strangest political gambits in modern history. But I would ask you to keep an eye to something else. Bill and Hillary Clinton are, ostensibly, supporting and working for Obama. But if you’re like me, you have sensed something tepid and almost subversive about that support. At first I thought […]

Our Better Angels: Some thoughts on “the cab ride.”

It’s three a.m. I should be in bed and I certainly shouldn’t be blogging, because one’s sense of proportion is never very trustworthy during “the hour of the wolf.” But I’m mulling over a fascinating chain of events and thinking about their significance, so I thought I’d share my thoughts with you. Last week several websites actually attributed my cab driving story to me. For those of you who don’t know, it is a story that I use in my […]