Water Protectors photo by Vlad Tchompalov on Unsplash

Wherein I attempt to argue that three current events in particular are better understood if you understand the relevant history.


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Not everybody has signed on to the jihad against opioid drugs. There are dissenters, and I am one, although I’m absolutely on board with making those who lie about opioids pay for the resulting harm.


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It was December 18, 1865, when the 13th Amendment — which banned most slavery in all of the nation became part of the U.S. Constitution.


Controversial Symbols Photo by Gilles DETOT on Unsplash

President Biden’s Memorial Day speech was a full-throated defense of democracy. Was it merely a string of safe applause lines? Didn’t the voters just reject the cheap patriotism of bone spurs on one side and an American flag lapel pin on the other?


GREENWOOD, 1921. Wikimedia Commons

Today marks a century from a wrong that some of us would like to excavate from the memory hole, but the R word often impedes even a frank discussion.


What Every Teenager Thinks When He Joins the USAF. Photo by Pixabay

I am about to spew forth a river of loosely-connected thoughts that have little to do with current events or each other.


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I first noticed what was going on during the debate over Obamacare, but it could be I’m just slow. The leader of the Republican Party in the senate had stated plainly the very top of his agenda was “making Barack Obama a one term president.”


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We are the blind men and all of human knowledge is the elephant. The Covid 19 virus might be a tiny parasite the elephant hopes to find and kill.


Wall Street Bull Graphic from Pixabay

This article is inspired by Why do you need to get started investing?, an article by Marcus Tan, published on May 9, 2021 in Age of Awareness.


U.S. Airman Holding Refugee Child in Dar Ul Aman, Kabul by Cecilio M. Ricardo Jr., photo courtesy Department of Defense

My generation thought we had a problem finding the exit ramp from Vietnam. LBJ’s White House tapes showed no daylight between his public handwringing and what he said to his closest advisors in private, that his position on withdrawal of U.S. forces from Vietnam was not centered on “whether” but on “how.”

Steve Russell

Enrolled Cherokee, 9th grade dropout, retired judge, associate professor emeritus, and (so far) cancer survivor. Memoir: Lighting the Fire (Miniver Press 2020)

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