On Tuesday, American voters had their say: They gave Democrats control of the House, a check on the chaotic and rageful Trump presidency that left many voters saying in Election Day polls that they felt anxious and overwhelmed.
America’s body politic has recently been scarred by excruciating political shingles, and 2018 campaigning was equivalent to acid reflux. But Tuesday’s elections indicated that some political antibodies are strengthening the nation’s immune system.
It surprised few to learn that Robert Bowers, who is charged in the massacre of 11 congregants at a Pittsburgh synagogue, was a social misfit and psychotic wreck. Most domestic terrorists are. They latch onto some extreme ideology to obscure the mess in their head.
Here’s a shoutout to fellow gray-hairs who learned math the “old-fashioned” way, by memorizing simple formulas along with facts about addition and multiplication. This technique is anathema in today’s classrooms.
When the president announced that he was sending the U.S. military to help secure our southern border, he received bipartisan praise from members of Congress. The Washington Post reported that the move was seen as “smart politics.” The year was 2011, and the president was Barack Obama. The National Guard troops Obama sent to the border as part of “Operation Phalanx” helped apprehend nearly 18,000 illegal immigrants and seized 56,000 pounds of illegal drugs.
As the famed author Pat Conroy began his journey from this earth two years ago, he might have dreamed of weekends like this. To see one of his dying wishes realized — to continue his life’s work nurturing and mentoring readers and writers — he might have also found himself at a loss for words.