If Reason and Compromise Don’t Work, How about Music? Civil War Could Be a Bad Alternative

November 25th, 2012

By Dan Miller Music and verse have long encouraged churches, nations and others. Perhaps it’s time to try that again. Yesterday, I posted this piece because it provided a brief respite from the horrors of what now passes for civilization. It includes two YouTube videos of “flash mobs” doing their bit for good and a […]


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Thinking about the Coming Election and Other Stuff …

October 14th, 2012

By Dan Miller … put me in mind of some of my favorite old songs and of their persistent relevance. Scots ballads Based on a poem by Robert Burns (1759 – 1796), this ballad labeled Ode to Humanity seeks equal rights for all as opposed to special preferences for the favored. While listening, thoughts came […]


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The U.S. Constitution and Civil War

December 27th, 2011

By Dan Miller Emasculating the Constitution is bad way to preserve the nation. The first shots in the United States Civil War were fired by the South during an attack on Fort Sumter a century and a half ago on April 12, 1861, not long after President Lincoln’s election on November 6, 1860 and just […]


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Shall We Have Another Civil War?

August 10th, 2011

By Dan Miller That would be a very bad idea. Unhappiness approaching panic is in the air. This article by Roger Kimball suggests some of the reasons: The American poet Frank O’Hara wrote a poem whose title I’ve always admired: “Meditations in an Emergency.” That’s where we are now: you can tell it’s an emergency […]


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Reparations Squabble

June 27th, 2009

As I noted in an earlier article, Apologies and Reparations, the Senate recently passed a resolution apologizing to African-Americans for slavery and subsequent discrimination.  Now there’s a new development.   The Senate included wording to the effect that the resolution was not to be used as support for slavery reparations.  In order for the apology to […]


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