Given ancient traditions, and contemporary resentments of America's global ascendancy, it is fanciful to think that the priest who lives here, hard by Lake Michigan, might one day be summoned to the west bank of the Tiber River to hold the world's oldest office.
Now we have a big national study on bullying, and the problem with it is right there in the first paragraph: Bullying behavior may be "verbal (e.g., name-calling, threats), physical (e.g., hitting) or psychological (e.g., rumors, shunning-exclusion)."
Most journeymen I know who are in the business, myself included, wince at comprehensive references to "the press." This is so in part because editors, reporters, columnists and researchers have their own opinions about public people and public events and are annoyed by collective generalizations. Everyone craves singularity.<
Good cause? Maybe. Heroes? No way.
As fighting rages in Fallujah and Najaf, and as John Kerry explains that he threw his ribbons but not his medals over the wall in 1971, other things are happening that will shape the world and America's place in it for years to come.
When it comes to malicious partisanship Senator Tom Daschle knows no bounds.