With Donald Trump’s inauguration behind us, and what promises to be a controversial presidency ahead, we wanted to look back at Barack Obama’s two terms and see Mr. Trump’s starting point. Republicans have sharply criticized the economy’s performance under Obama, while Mr. Obama has claimed himself that Americans are better off at the end of his presidency than they were at the beginning. I do want to remind readers at the outset that Presidents can have a profound impact on the economy, but the effects can take years to manifest and are hard to nail down. What follows is not an evaluation of Obama, but merely a look at what has happened while he was president.
A few nights ago I woke up in the middle of the night with a craving. I had a writing craving. I think I might be developing an addiction, and I am not entirely sure how I got to this point.
The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King is of much more use to us as a man, doubtful and flawed, than he ever could be as a legend or a myth. He is a reminder that cheaters can change the world, that believers can proclaim truth even as they grapple with uncertainty. Dr. King’s story demonstrates what we already know to be true from looking within ourselves: that we are complicated mixtures of good and evil and that no label of color, creed, or character is sufficient to encapsulate us.
There is an amusing petition on Change.org calling for President Barack Obama to resign as president on the day before or day of President-Elect Trump’s inauguration. The idea would be to make Joe Biden president for a day or so, apparently for grins and giggles. The petition was created by blogger and Yale graduate Zack Hunt. Sometimes all you can do is laugh.
Millennials, like every other generation, are not demonstrably worse than their forbearers. We are just different. As we look at different generations, we need to remember that each generation has a hand in shaping the next one, but we also all grow up in different worlds as things change.
“Passengers,” starring Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence is a science-fiction romance that asks some challenging questions about consent, purpose, and the impossible.
This post makes reference to and includes links to disturbing and violent content. The language quoted in this post may be offensive to some. Mainstream news outlets like CNN and the Washington Post have been reporting today on the shocking Facebook Live footage of a young man being tortured by …
Many of us use video games, reading, or watching TV as a means of escaping the stresses and challenges of reality. This is not a new distinctly modern phenomenon. A casual review of ancient literature shows a fascination with the fantastic and a desire for a more ideal world. Sometimes, …
“There are no atheists in foxholes.” The meaning of this old witticism is clear: no matter the strength of conviction in a non-believer, when she finds herself in a dire-enough situation, she will repent and seek the company of God. I like to sound confident in my own atheism, referring …
It may be that a little more compassion and a little less empathy may be in order. Care about everyone involved because it is the most humane thing to do, but do not let yourself lose sight of sound reason and compassion in feeling the feelings of those involved.