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Jerry Fabyanic

  • 2019

    The immigration gene in the American DNA

    Since he regally descended the escalator to announce his candidacy, immigration has been Donald Trump’s signature issue, propelling him to the presidency. In the time since, he has fomented anger and…

  • 2019

    Who gives a damn?

    A theme in my recent columns is about the need for Republicans of good character to speak out about what is happening in and to their party. It is disconcerting to…

  • 2019

    The Mueller Moment

    It was disturbing to watch Robert Mueller, who has unselfishly served his country from Vietnam through FBI Director, being eviscerated by Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee. Just when one thinks…

  • 2019

    When good men do nothing

    Bad men need nothing more to compass their ends than that good men should look on and do nothing. – John Stuart Mill, nineteenth-century English political philosopher America’s Original Sin. Some…

  • 2019

    Earthrise: A new story

    Two consequential events dramatically altered the world’s climate and ecosystem. The first occurred 66 million years ago when a seven-mile-wide asteroid smashed into earth near Yucatan. Within 24 hours, the species…

  • Higher Living Reflections

    Earthrise: A New Mythology

    Two consequential events dramatically altered the world’s climate and ecosystem. The first occurred 66 million years ago when a seven-mile-wide asteroid smashed into earth near Yucatan. Within 24 hours, the species…

  • 2019

    Ekphrasis and the collapse of compassion

    If I look at the mass, I will never act. – Mother Teresa Another moving photo of immigrants’ plights, that of the bodies of Salvadoran migrant Óscar Alberto Martínez Ramírez and…

  • 2019

    Perversion of American moral values

    Recently, a young friend visiting from Europe asked what I am proud of and love about America.   The United States, I began, is the oldest constitutional republic, possibly in history.…

  • 2019

    America the Microbrew

    A refreshing headline appeared recently in the Washington Post: “‘Wrong, plain and simple’: 50 years after the Stonewall raid, New York City’s police commissioner apologizes.” It was on June 28, 1969…

  • 2019

    Fishing in a bathtub

    It profits a man nothing to give his soul for the whole world, but for Wales? – “A Man for All Seasons” by Robert Bolt Last week, we traveled to Henry’s…

  • 2019

    Enforcing laws isn’t so simple

    And when the last law was down, and the Devil turned around on you–where would you hide, Roper, the laws all being flat? – “A Man for All Seasons” by Robert Bolt…

  • 2019

    Origins of Trumpism

    For Donald Trump, it’s always about him. His biography broadcasts that loudly and clearly. With each new tweet and campaign-style utterance, he reinforces and amplifies his narcissistic, pathological personality. The recent…

  • Higher Living Reflections

    Far from the Madding Crowd

    Far from the madding crowd’s ignoble strife,           Their sober wishes never learn’d to stray;  Along the cool sequester’d vale of life           They kept the noiseless tenor of their way.  Was it…

  • 2019

    Far from the madding crowd

    There’s a line in Thomas Gray’s “Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard” that resonates with those wanting to shut off the noise and detach from the grid: “Far from the madding…