New Jersey Governor James McGreevey surprised his state and the nation, announcing that "My truth is that I am a gay American." With this statement and his resignation, McGreevey certainly got attention ? but did he draw attention to the truth?
In the matter of the resignation of Governor McGreevey, the impulse is to say: Let it alone ? it is a private act. But that is the thoughtless, even cowardly way of disposing of the event, because it is tied in so many ways to public questions that need thought and exploration.
With crude prices around $40 a barrel and gasoline prices nearly $2 at the pump, the usual know-it-alls are mounting the ramparts.
At least one organization was told in 2003 that they must allow students opposed to their orthodox religious beliefs to hold elective office. Another group was told that their constitution could not say that the group subscribes to a 'belief in God.'
This period between the major political party conventions is a good time to think through what's at stake in this year's presidential election. Leaders of voter registration drives on both sides speak of a 'pivotal election' -- is that hype or truth?
As Abu Ghraib fades in the news somewhat, the presidential contest heats up. But other topics worthy of comment abound. . . .
American democracy is in sorry shape these days.
The dispute about IRA arms is what caused the latest suspension of the legislative assembly, formed out of the 1998 "Good Friday agreement" and designed to devolve power from London to a Northern Ireland government and an executive committee of ministers.
With all the attention focused on Alan Keyes crashing an election where he doesn?t belong, comparably little has been paid to a potentially far more troubling election participant: international monitors ?observing? our November elections.
White House spokesman Scott McClellan, asked later about what equates to "reckless driving," said there was no special reason for such high speeds, surmising that the rush had been intended to minimize the motorcade's inconvenience to the local residents.
The principal speakers at the Democratic National Convention conspicuously omitted one topic: the courts.
While Senator John Kerry and his running-mate Senator John Edwards were recently being photographed at lunchtime at Wendy's, to show what regular guys they are, their real lunch was from a local yacht club, which is more their speed in real life.