2019 Viewpoints

The Truth about the Second Amendment to the US Constitution
The Truth about the Second Amendment to the US Constitution
There are twenty-seven words in the second amendment of the U.S. Constitution. Tragically, the selective misinterpretation of these words by the National Rifle Association, pseudo originalists, politicians of both parties and those who fail to consider our history has resulted in unspeakable tragedy for our country and our citizens.
Enough is Clearly Enough
Enough is Clearly Enough
The Republican Party and the Democratic Party have each played critical roles in America for a very long time. It is a balancing act, if you will, that has by and large kept the country moving forward without veering too far in one direction or the other.
By Supporting Our Own Democracy, We Help Ukraine
By Supporting Our Own Democracy, We Help Ukraine
Most of us ask ourselves, how can we help the people of Ukraine?
Do We Look, But Not See? Listen, But Not Hear?
Do We Look, But Not See? Listen, But Not Hear?
“This man cannot remain in power.” These words were spoken by President Biden on his recent visit to Poland.
A Republic, If You Can Keep It
A Republic, If You Can Keep It
Our Founding Fathers chose a republican form of government. In this form of government the power is held by the people and elected representatives are required to help all people, not just a few. To further guard against tyranny, our Founders also established three coequal branches of government
January 6, 2021, An Insurrection
January 6, 2021, An Insurrection
On January 6, 2022, Congress would remember what happened on that day one year ago. The members sought to pay respect and say thank you to the Capitol Police, the District of Columbia police, and others who defended the United States Capitol.
Presidential Economics
Presidential Economics
Mark Twain once observed that history doesn’t repeat itself, but it often rhymes. This is certainly true concerning the recent performance of our economy. Historically, our economy does much better under Democratic presidents than Republicans.
The Power of Our Voices
The Power of Our Voices
A commonly held belief among my peers (as a young person in Talbot County) is that even if “politics” impacts their lives, they just don’t have the time.
The Men Who Answer the Call
The Men Who Answer the Call
Ruth Marcus wrote in the Washington Post recently a column that was headlined “How Close the Country Came to Total Catastrophe."
Is Congressman Andy Harris a Fraud or a Hypocrite?
Is Congressman Andy Harris a Fraud or a Hypocrite?
According to Mark Twain, “It is easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled.” Nathaniel Hawthorne also observed “No man for any considerable period can wear one face to himself and another to the multitude, without finally getting bewildered as to which may be true.”
Andy Harris, A Faithless Representative?
Andy Harris, A Faithless Representative?
January 6, 2021, started out as an exciting day. President Biden’s victorious election was about to be certified by both Houses of Congress in a mostly ceremonial procedure presided over by Vice President Mike Pence.
Afghanistan Was Always Going to be a Disaster
Afghanistan Was Always Going to be a Disaster
Our withdrawal from Afghanistan was tumultuous and chaotic, and our Commander in Chief was in charge. There’s no doubt about that, but was he aware of the challenges we would face?
Maryland Isn"t Immune from Republican Assaults on Our Democracy
Maryland Isn"t Immune from Republican Assaults on Our Democracy
The Republican Party, also known as the Grand Old Party, decided in 2020 that they would have no platform other than to ”enthusiastically support the President’s agenda.” The understanding was that any Republicans who refused to support Trump’s lies and his efforts to undermine our democracy and Constitution would be punished by Trump’s base and, in turn, by the party; and that is exactly how it has played out through the…
Woke or Canceling the Culture
Woke or Canceling the Culture
The terms "woke" and "cancel culture" have received prominence in Republican attacks upon Democrats, and these terms are being invoked as part of a Republican effort to justify retaining an image of America as a nearly flawless nation. Challenging attempts at exposing American history, warts and all, may have produced a citizenry more responsive to entreaties to "Make America Great Again," but choosing to ignore…
Rise and Fall

Rise and Fall

Rise and Fall? These are challenging times; and possibly due to a teacher’s deep love of history and appreciation of its lessons, we may recall the rise and fall of the Roman Empire. Our nation’s level of division is concerning; and ancient Rome, the greatest empire the world had known, would crumble and fall.