May 17, 2013
By Jun-Youb "JY" Lee When I heard Vice President Biden proclaim to University of Pennsylvania graduates Monday, "China is going to eat our lunch," I wondered if he understood his audience. Onstage with him were Amy Gutmann, Penn's president, and Princeton professor Kwame Appiah, one of Biden's fellow honorary doctorate recipients. Both are leading thinkers on cosmopolitanism and multiculturalism. What did they think of Biden's patriotic call to serve American interests above all other nations'?
January 16, 2013
TO THOSE who insist that we pay unquestioning homage to "American exceptionalism," here's an example to add to your list: Americans pay more, by far, in health care than any of the other richest countries in the world, but live shorter and sicker lives than the people in the world's 16 other richest countries, including Western Europe, Canada, Japan and Australia. Among these countries, American men have the shortest life expectancy. American women's life expectancy is second to last.
August 31, 2012
TO EVERYTHING, there is a season, the Bible's book of Ecclesiastes first told us and songwriter Pete Seeger and rock band the Byrds later sang to us. And if a Republican nominee for president is looking to cast the vice-presidential pick in an all-American light, then we must be talking about hunting season. Deer & Deer Hunting magazine has a scoop for its October issue, available on newsstands Tuesday: U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan , of Wisconsin, tells the story of learning to hunt as an 11-year-old and now sharing the sport with his kids.
August 30, 2012
To everything, there is a season, the Bible's book of Ecclesiastes first told us and songwriter Pete Seeger and rock band The Byrds later sang to us. And if a Republican nominee for president is looking to cast the vice presidential pick in an all-American light, then we must be talking about hunting season. Deer & Deer Hunting magazine has a scoop for its October issue, available on newsstands Tuesday - U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin tells the story of learning to hunt as an 11-year-old and now sharing the sport with his kids.
April 26, 2012 |
Last week, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal signed the nation's most expansive school voucher program into law. Since the GOP sweep of statehouses in 2010, similar measures have been introduced by the legislatures of more than 30 states — including Pennsylvania, where a bipartisan school voucher bill was defeated in the House in December. Few doubt that there is a crisis in America's public schools. But focusing so much attention on where money is spent — instead of how — oversimplifies a complex problem.
April 15, 2012 |
One hundred years ago this weekend, the world was stunned by the loss of more than 1,500 passengers and crew who went down with the RMS Titanic. Among the victims from the Philadelphia area were businessman George Widener, owner of the Ritz Carlton, and his son Harry. The Wideners had close personal and business connections with the family of William Francis Gibbs. Such a tragic loss hitting so close to home may have inspired Gibbs, then a 25-year-old naval architect, to begin designing his ultimate super-ship, which would launch 40 years later.
September 27, 2011
These are remarks excerpted from the prepared speech, "Real American Exceptionalism," which Gov. Christie is scheduled to give at 9 tonight at the Ronald Reagan library in Simi Valley, Calif. "A lot is being said in this election season about American exceptionalism. Implicit in such statements is that we are different and, yes, better, in the sense that our democracy, our economy and our people have delivered. But for American exceptionalism to truly deliver hope and a sterling example to the rest of the world, it must be demonstrated, not just asserted.
September 12, 2011
By Paul Jablow We all recall our chief grade school tormentor and mine was Stanley G. I remember his last name, of course, but won't risk mentioning it here. If only the good die young, Stanley must still be the picture of health, probably setting records in the senior triathlon. I can't say he hurt me that much physically, just some cuffing and shoving. Most of it was teasing, taking my stuff away and making me chase him. But nothing was as traumatic as the day that he announced to me during recess - this was 1948 - "We're not the strongest country in the world anymore.
September 10, 2011
Robert Jensen is a journalism professor at the University of Texas and board member of the Third Coast Activist Resource Center in Austin Ten years ago, critics of America's mad rush to war were right, but it didn't matter. Within hours of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, it was clear that political leaders were going to use the attacks to justify war in Central Asia and the Middle East. And within hours, those of us critical of that policy began to offer principled and practical arguments against aggressive war as a response to the crimes.
September 9, 2011
LAST weekend, I took a walk on the beach. No one else was around since it was a rainy, raw morning just past daybreak. Most sane people were still in bed, or sipping their coffee in the kitchen. And that was just fine by me. Patterns form the backbone of our daily lives. Excitement and novelty are often overrated, and some of the most precious moments slip in between the monotony. That's what I was thinking as I paced the sand and watched the waves creep in and draw back.