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America is a great country. But the US Capitol Insurrection is part of a long, dark, racial history in the United States.

January 6th, 2021 — Capitol Hill, Washington D.C. USA: Trump Supporters Siege Capitol Building: Front lines of Trump Supporters and Police outside Capitol Building. Photo 206955517© Julian Leshay

“This isn’t who we are.”

President-elect Joe Biden said these words in the aftermath of Wednesday’s assault on the US Capitol. Politicians like to say this during events like this. I believe that President-elect Biden and others who use that phrase mean nothing but good. …

One of the things you learn about being autistic is how socially isolating it can be.

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For as long as I can remember, I’ve always felt like I was treated differently. People never seem to get close to me. People were friendly, but I was always kept at an arm’s length. No one is truly vulnerable around me. I see it in my work life, especially…

How the 1983 nuclear war movie, The Day After can prepare us for Trump and 2024.

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In November of 1983, I was a nervous 14-year-old. Like many teens of that era, I thought a lot about nuclear war. Looking back at the fall of ’83, it was a rather tense time. …

This is the transcript on what really ended Sears.

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I’ve had a strange obsession over the last decade or so and that following the story of the downfall of Sears and Kmart.

What’s that, you say? You already know the story? Let me guess…

The United States is not a perfect country. That’s what makes it great.

President Ronald Reagan speaking at the Brandenburg Gate, Berlin in 1987. Public Domain photo.

It was the fall of 1983. I was a freshman in high school in Michigan. That fall I decided to try out for the cross country team. I wasn’t a great runner. I was truly, truly bad.

I was running in a cross country meet in the town of Swartz…

If the Republican Party can’t go back to pre-2015, then where can the Trump-critical Republicans find a home?

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As the Republican Party tries to make up its mind between wishing away the events of Jan. 6 or celebrating them, one thing should be clear to conservatives estranged from the party: We can’t go home again.

Imagine for a moment that you bought a house in a suburban neighborhood…

How the common ground of faith became swallowed up by hyperpartisanship.

In the early 90s, I attended a large Baptist church in Washington, DC. The church, as it was constituted back then, was an odd mix, or at least it would be odd today. Evangelicals and liberals somehow worshipped together, alongside a healthy dose of members from Latin America and Asia.

The day started like any other. Nothing has ever been the same since.

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I was on a bus heading towards downtown Minneapolis for work while listening to the news on my radio. As the bus neared the University of Minnesota, there was breaking news about a small plane hitting the North Tower of the World Trade Center. My mind went back to something…

Walking Away from the world comes with a cost.

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“THE MULTITUDES remained plunged in ignorance… and their leaders, seeking their votes, did not dare to undeceive them.”

Those are the words of Winston Churchill from his book “The Gathering Storm,” which talks about the growing threat of Nazi Germany. Historian Niall Ferguson shares this quote from the former Prime…

If a sermon is preached to an empty church, does anybody hear it?

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I arrive at church sometime after 9 am on Sunday morning. The service starts at 10 am. That gives me enough time to set up the sanctuary for this morning’s service. As I’m getting ready, I start to wonder if anyone will actually make it to worship. I am reminded…

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