Welcome to Ishmael’s Legacy

How Does America Go Forward?

“America isn’t easy. America is advanced citizenship. You’ve got to want it, ‘cuz it’s gonna put up a fight.” – President Andrew Shepherd (The American President). I sit here starting this blog entry on the evening of July 4th, America’s birthday, having just watched Lin Manuel-Miranda’s brilliant musical “Hamilton” for the second time in as … Continue reading How Does America Go Forward?

The Modern-Day Tower of Babel

The Lord said, “If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them. 7 Come, let us go down and confuse their language so they will not understand each other.” – Genesis 11:6-7 I was having lunch with my godfather, a semi-retired Presbyterian minister, recently, and the … Continue reading The Modern-Day Tower of Babel

When Opinion Becomes Fact

The fewer the facts, the stronger the opinion. – Arnold H. Glasgow The despicable tale of Barrack Obama – a parable. Once upon a time there was a man elected President of the United States whose name was Barrack Obama. He was a democrat and also the first black man ever elected President of a … Continue reading When Opinion Becomes Fact

Perspective: The Big, Scary Word “Socialism!”

Socialism: a political and economic theory of social organization which advocates that the means of production, distribution, and exchange should be owned or regulated by the community as a whole. Democratic socialism: a political philosophy that advocates for political democracy alongside a socially owned economy, with a particular emphasis on workers’ self-management and democratic control … Continue reading Perspective: The Big, Scary Word “Socialism!”

Ishmael and Marriage Equality

A recent social media post which attempted to oversimplify and skew differences between Republicans and Democrats in America inspired today’s post. In fact, it will inspire a whole series of posts in my ongoing effort to dispel myths and take a larger look at our culture in the tradition of Daniel Quinn’s Ishmael. This post … Continue reading Ishmael and Marriage Equality

Ishmael and Jesus

There have been few people in the history of the world who have influenced human culture as much as Jesus of Nazareth. Born some 2000 years ago to what was a minuscule hillside community in Israel, Jesus went on to spend three years offering a ministry that has been analyzed, written about and even worshiped … Continue reading Ishmael and Jesus

Manufactured Anger

“Don’t give in to hate. That leads to the Dark Side.” – Obi-Wan Kenobi The world of media has changed drastically in the last two decades. Instead of journalists getting paid by outlets that sell ad space in a printed medium, they get paid primarily through clicks. What that means is they get paid by … Continue reading Manufactured Anger

Call Me Ishmael….

It is not down on any map; true places never are.” — Herman Melville. Starting a new blog seems an odd play for me. After all, I’ve been published many times in other venues and would have a much larger following right away if I chose to simply resume writing about, say, the NBA. Honestly, … Continue reading Call Me Ishmael….

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