Thursday October 30, 2014
October 23rd, 2014
As President Barack Obama heads into the final half of his final term, many of us Americans wonder whatever happened to the fresh promise of that cheerfully charismatic optimist who dominated the political stage back in 2008.
Harry Truman's old adage, "The buck stops here," has been confirmed, at least politically, in President Obama's highly visible response to the Ebola crisis. His lengthy talk on the subject televised from the Oval Office was clearly devised not only to calm mushrooming public fears but also to reassure fellow Americans he was personally on the case.
Amazon.com, the giant online retailer, has too much power, and it uses that power in ways that hurt America.
OK, I know that was kind of abrupt. But I wanted to get the central point out there right away, because discussions of Amazon tend, all too often, to get lost in side issues.
The closing days of a closely fought election rarely offer uplifting moments, but the 2014 season has been particularly dreary, nearly devoid of content and high on unedifying spectacle.
We have no clue at this point how far Ebola could spread in the United States - and no reason for panic.
But one dimension of the disease's toll is clear. It's ravaging Americans' already tenuous faith in the competence of our government and its bureaucracies.
There's lots of real, serious news going on in the world. (There always is.)
We live in a world awash in unreliable narrators.
"Will it never end?" seems to be the question on the minds of most of us. I refer to this political campaign or campaigns. That attitude has invaded even the conscience of us political junkies. Think what it must seem like to the many who were never that interested in politics in the first place.
The political world is all atwitter over the decision by the Denver Post, in most years a reliably Democratic newspaper, to endorse Republican Cory Gardner for the Senate seat currently held by Mark Udall.
Let's make a deal: We'll all promise not to panic about Ebola if the experts -- especially those at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention -- agree to get their stories straight.