This blog contains personal commentaries on developments in domestic and international business and economics, government and politics, defense and national security, diplomacy and international relations.
The brief essays reflect op-eds published in a range of venues, including The China Post, Kenosha News, The Korea Times, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, The Northwest Indiana Times, The Journal Times of Racine and others. The opinions expressed are those of the author alone, and should not be presumed those of any other individual or institution.
The bitter, painful divorce between Britain and the European Union (EU) continues to grind on. This specific conflict stems from the referendum in June 2016 in the United Kingdom. There was only one main question to decide in that public vote: whether to remain in the EU or leave.
Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron took a major political gamble in calling the referendum vote. He and his party had just won a narrow but clear victory in the 2015 general election. In consequence, the political wind appeared to be strongly behind Conservative sails.
The United States government rightly honors the contributions of Native Americans to defense and protection of our nation. In late November, a White House ceremony recognized the special contributions of the “code talkers,” members of the Navajo Tribe employed in communications in the Pacific theatre of World War II.
The Congressional Republicans’ have rushed drastic tax cuts through Congress with astounding speed – and irresponsibility. The final bill passed narrowly by the GOP majority in the Senate, flung together in the manner of a midnight hash made from leftovers and whatever other miscellaneous items were available.
Largely ignored when delivered to the Nation, Eisenhower’s Farewell Address continues to resonate, more strongly with each passing year. Art Cyr
Dwight Eisenhower steadily rises in the estimates of academics and journalists; he was always popular with the average American. Trust the people.