Over the last twenty or so years, the level of resentment in American society has risen to a dangerous, or at least dysfunctional level, leading to destabilization in the balance of world power. When I read about the Russian invasion of Ukraine or Chinese aggression toward Taiwan, I see it as the fruit of American disunity.

Therefore, if there is blame for breaches in world peace, it stems from our abdication for responsibility for it. Russia and China realize that our preoccupation with our internecine rivalry distracts us from effective world leadership.

In an interview, the German news magazine Der Spiegel asked former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, "Is America still capable of acting as a world-power?" Kissinger admitted he had his doubts. His doubts should speak to all of us. If we cannot answer Kissinger's doubts in the positive, we will never answer them in the negative. We really need to act soon.

Sometimes the circumstances of our lives have to get worse before they get better. They have to reach a level of visibility that Americans can no longer deny or shrug off. We hope things will improve on their own, so that we don't have to get involved; but letting the disunity or polarization drift without remedy has its risks.

The Right defines the risk as "Cancel Culture" or the "Woke." The Left defines it as intolerance, inequality, and racism. We have grown so used to angry marches and street-confrontations, we hardly pay them attention anymore. We respond to the disunity by tuning it out.

I wish I could have stood before 500,000 people at Woodstock in 1969 and prophesied that in 2022, America would reach a crisis-point and either collapse in revolution and anarchy, or else redraw its property boundaries to create new nations and to renew their national priorities.


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September 30, 2022

Rolexes and Wealth

I remember the day my eighth-grade teacher arrived at school wearing his new wrist-watch. We saw this guy for the 180 days of the school-year and knew him pretty well--as well as anyone did. We noticed that, among his other mannerisms, he tended to look often at the watch during class. We thought he was keen to know the time on a regular basis. Now, I believe he was just admiring his new watch.


September 28, 2022

Family-life is not a Democracy

I ran into a problem yesterday when I returned to Germany. On my first evening, I wanted to slake my thirst for German beer, big-time! So I ordered a liter-serving right off the bat; but I knew I also wanted some wine and ordered a carafe of it, as well. Shamefully, I have to admit to not finishing either. I slaked my thirst, but had to leave some of it undrunk. I hate wasting anything, but I had work to do and wanted to operate on all my cylinders.


September 24, 2022

Violence in the Real

This article appeared last July in the Sunday edition of the Frankfurter Allgemeine newspaper, by the newspaper's expert on hip-hop music, Florentin Schuhmacher. He regards gangsta-rap, and its sub-genre Drill, as a legitimate art-form. He can understand the reservations that law enforcement, parents, and teachers have toward music that glorifies gang-life, describes the rush of killing one's enemies, the pleasure of drugs—as a source of wealth—and demeaning women; but Schumacher also says the police cannot simply censor it. They must distinguish between art and criminal acts, shooings, and robberies.


Lloyd Bowers

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