Donald J. Trump, until now a Republican problem, this last week became a challenge the nation must confront and overcome. The real estate tycoon is uniquely unqualified to serve as president, in experience and temperament. He is mounting a campaign of snarl and sneer, not substance. To the extent he has views, they are wrong in their diagnosis of America’s problems and dangerous in their proposed solutions. Mr. Trump’s politics of denigration and division could strain the bonds that have held a diverse nation together. His contempt for constitutional norms might reveal the nation’s two-century-old experiment in checks and balances to be more fragile than we knew.
Welcome to a world without rules. (I want you to read this paragraph in your super-scary movie trailer voice.) Welcome to a world in which families are mowed down by illegal immigrants, in which cops die in the streets, in which Muslims rampage the innocents and threaten our very way of life, in which the fear of violent death lurks in every human heart.
As Heidi Cruz left Cleveland’s Quicken Loans arena after her husband, Ted, gave his stemwinder at the Republican National Convention, she was escorted by security through a hostile crowd. Apparently, people in the audience were annoyed that Cruz hadn’t endorsed Donald “I Call Him Lyin’ Ted” Trump. They couldn’t believe that the Texan actually gave his national audience permission to vote their conscience. They were in shock he didn’t bring gold, frankincense and myrrh with him to the podium as a gift.
The energy in the convention room as Ted Cruz began to speak Wednesday night was weird, at least from where I was sitting high among the alternate delegates. They seemed as if they had read that people get excited at conventions and were trying to mime the appropriate responses but weren’t quite able to pull it off.
Neither the unanimous decision by the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague, nor China’s rejection of it, was surprising. The timing of it was, however, as serendipitous as China’s rejection is ominous. Coming as Republican delegates convene on Lake Erie’s shore, the tribunal’s opinion about the South China Sea underscores the current frivolousness of U.S. politics, which is fixated on a fictitious wall that will never exist but silent about realities on and above the waters that now are the world’s most dangerous cockpit of national rivalries.
The publisher of The Bluffton Icon in Ohio has written a column about the many times his town has been mistaken for ours. Considering the number of Blufftons in the United States, this isn’t a surprise. But there should only be one Bluffton. So maybe a “Hunger Games”-style contest will settle it.
Liz Farrell works with her dog, Newbury, to help him land the leading canine role in the locally produced movie "Basement Bob." Farrell says her dog has two tricks: He can sit and turn his head inquisitively when prompted with the word bacon.
Farrell and her dog work on trick for movie part
Ohio State football team's inspiration visits Hilton Head Island
Trina Lucido promotes creativity by creating a coloring journal