Mexico Lindo, A Brief History

Three men, standing at the Mexican border, looking south: Man #1: Mexico Lindo. Man #2: I don't see nothin' so 'lindo' about it. Man #3: Just looks like more of Texas to me. Man #1: You have no eyes! (Iconic lines...

Just How Important is Public Education and Private Education?

This will probably become an outline of a series since, as I took down some notes about various aspects of both public and private school education I quickly realized one could come at this...

A Memo to President Trump: Beware of the Green Card Bias

This is a hard subject to talk about. President Trump and I belong to a generation when the natural law of "becoming American" was still operational, even for Indians who immigrated here in the 1960s....

American Exceptionalism #17: The American How-To Book

I'll get to #'s 1 thru 16 later. We've talked about them before. Note the book cover, which I only ran across a week or so ago. It was printed in 1908, in New York,...

First Principles about America; First Questions

Is America an accident? A freak of Nature?  Or, is America the product of Intelligent Design? I don’t intend to try to answer the second half of that question here as that requires an inquiry into philosophy...

Melancholy, a Ten-Minute Indulgence

Just to shut you down for about ten minutes, remind you of your place... ...and our place.   Both from Ken Burns films: Lewis and Clark Ashokan Farewell, Civil War Ashokan Farewell-Sullivan Ballou Letter