Does the end justify the means?

Does the end justify the means?

We are now 160 or so days into the Trump era and I have been watching and listening in mostly silent and at times stunned amazement at how the polarized factions of the American nation are evolving.  I must say I am not surprised by most of what has been attempted by the GOP-controlled Congress.  For all the token efforts to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act over the past seven years, the GOP replacement is anything but a done deal.  The entire evolution seems to underscore the old adage “be careful what you wish for, you might get it.”  Like the proverbial barking dog that finally caught the car, the House and Senate GOP got the tar baby that is health care reform dropped in their lap and have since discovered, like the 45th...

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Watergate: An enduring memory of my youth

Watergate:  An enduring memory of my youth

All democracy is a work in progress.  For better or worse and despite being under constant threat of compromise since its founding, the grand American experiment has met the demands and overcome multiple imposed stresses as well as all manner of intense strain up to and including civil war.  In my lifetime that radical idea of democratically elected men leading a constitutional republic has survived egregious insult in grand fashion.  I fondly recall those halcyon days of my youth during which it was emphatically demonstrated via the mechanisms of government that the United States is a nation of laws and not of men or women.  Saturday, June 17th was the forty-fifth anniversary of the arrest of five men for the unlawful breaking and entering of the Democratic...

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The end of an era

The end of an era

Have you ever tried to take a drink of water off a wide open fire hydrant?  That is what it has been like given this has been such a heavy and fast moving news week.  As if nothing could shake the most conservative and football crazy stretch of Old Route 66 harder than an injection well generated freedom tremor, an unexpected bomb went off in the heart of the Sooner Nation sending a core shaking jolt through the soul of every Oklahoma football fan.  The Crimson and Cream collective could not even enjoy basking in the afterglow of the OU Women’s Softball team’s success of having beaten Florida to win their second straight National Championship and third in five years.  On Wednesday afternoon this week Oklahoma Head Football Coach Bob Stoops announced...

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Us & Them: Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters rocks the BOK

Us & Them:  Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters rocks the BOK

As I have said many times before, music forms the tapestry that serves as our backdrop of life.  Mine contains a fair amount of the body of work of the group Pink Floyd.  Tulsa’s BOK Center served as the classic rock music center of the universe this past Thursday evening when Roger Waters graced this town with the music of his old group, a progressive rock classic whose latest incarnation ended in 2014.   Mr. Waters also brought with him a political message which contained every bit as much of a signature as did the music he played. Yours Truly was in attendance seated with a special lady friend and many other friends and associates sitting other places including an old Navy Veteran friend from my enlisted days who drove all the way from Houston with his...

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