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This Isn’t Who We Are…………………Or is it?

“This isn’t who we are.” This morning I heard those five words spoken by someone I respect — Jonathan Capehart of The Washington Post — about the mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton.    I wanted to jump through the TV and slap him. Let me explain. It will take a minute, so bear ...

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Apocalypse Now – Manifesto #4

This morning I re-read a wonderful little book entitled Falling Upward by Richard Rohr, a Franciscan priest.  I first read it on the recommendation of one of my sisters, who isn’t conventionally religious. I suspect it interested her because it doesn’t just speak to Christians, but to anyone who lives life thoughtfully. In a chapter ...

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The Drums of War II

  Almost two years ago, I posted a blog entitled “The Drums of War.” (The piece, dated Aug. 14, 2017, is in this site’s Archives.) I fretted then about the building sentiment for war with North Korea. This was before Trump fell in love with the mass murderer who leads that country. Happily, my fears ...

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Mayor Pete and His Religion

While taking a sabbatical from blogging during Holy Week and Easter, I became more and more intrigued by Mayor Pete Buttigieg’s candidacy for the Democratic presidential nomination. From the outset I was attracted by his resume. I’m a sucker for Rhodes Scholars. He is obviously whip smart and highly accomplished. But the more I heard ...

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New Zealand/Manifesto #3

Before I begin……….take a long look at the lady in the title photo above. That is what a political leader looks like. She is wearing a hijab to demonstrate her solidarity with the Muslim community of her country. Which of our political leaders would have the same sensitivity and courage? How many times have you ...

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David Brooks’ False Equivalents

David Brooks, an Op-Ed columnist for The New York Times, is an erudite and thoughtful public intellectual admired by many readers, me among them. But I was dismayed when I read his Feb. 26 column, which was entitled “An Agenda for Moderates.” Brooks weighs two competing ideas that animate today’s politics — Tribe, a “magnetic ...

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The Quixotic Deacon’s Quest for a 2020 Candidate – Manifesto #2

Since I wrote Manifesto #1 almost 3 weeks ago,  https://thequixoticdeacon.com/current-events/the-quixotic-deacons-quest-for-a-2020-candidate-manifesto-1  I’ve been struggling with how to frame the next one, Manifesto 2, which you are reading now. As my editor will tell you, I expected to finish it two weeks ago but it wasn’t that easy. I knew I wanted it to be about the ...

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The Quixotic Deacon’s Quest for a 2020 Candidate: Manifesto #1

    There is a sufficiency in the world for man’s need but not for man’s greed. — Mahatma Gandhi   I finished a real “page turner” of a non-fiction book yesterday, The Billion Dollar Whale. It dissects the misdeeds of fugitive financier, thief and con man Jho Low, a 35-year-old Malaysian who stole billions ...

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Endless War

This week I was reading New Orleans’ daily paper, The Advocate, when I noticed two stories on the same page. ( If you expected me to say The Times Picayune when I said the New Orleans daily paper, let me explain. Sometime after Hurricane Katrina, The Times Picayune was sold and, later, switched for a ...

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Misplaced Outrage

It is the morning of Sept. 28, 2018. Yesterday the nation watched the Senate Judiciary Committee grill Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and Judge Brett Kavanaugh and resolve exactly nothing. Now half the country is outraged at the prospect that Judge Kavanaugh will be confirmed and the other half is outraged that he might not be. ...

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