In 1964 I was a Mormon missionary in Argentina. The thing that struck me in my first city, Santa Fe, was the “Yankee go home” signs painted on the walls all over the city. The same has held true in every city, in every country I’ve lived in, worked in, and visited in fifty plus […]
Essay 8: The history of war in the Pacific may be starting to repeat itself
When I was three or so years old, I can remember sailors and chief petty officers who had finished fighting in WW2 in the Pacific, piling into our home in Huntington Park, California, ten miles from the Long Beach naval shipyards. There was a lot of drinking and dancing and eating and laughing, but absolutely […]
Essay 5: Democracy vs Autocracy
I was born December 12, 1944, seven months before the end of World War 2 (WW2). Little did I know that for me and those who came after me, the world would change forever. America and her allies cleared the table. They defeated Japan, which freed China from Japanese control; they defeated Germany, and implemented […]
Essay 4: Is Our Democracy Fair?
The first principle I want to be ensured of before I will live under any system of government is whether or not that system is FAIR. I mean IS it fair? Is the system fair enough to protect me if I’m in the minority against the self interests of the monstrous majority? The hardest thing […]
What do Americans want? Autocracy or Democracy?
-After the mid term elections, American Democracy has a new flavor to it. A new emotional appeal. It’s no longer a throw away expression that had lost its meaning. On the other hand, autocracy led by Donald Trump appeals to millions who were willing to follow him as they violently attempted to replace democracy with […]
Avoid the Extremes and Govern From the Middle
When I first became a teacher and administrator in the Mormon church’s education system, I was once accused of being unsure of my testimony – that is, firmly believing that the church was the one and only true church on the face of the earth.At the time it offended me to be called out on […]
Competing Ideas Have Put Us At This Moment
. . . we find our nation in a crisis like no other we have before witnessed in our history, except of course for the Civil War.