By Stuart Kaufman

As time passes, I am becoming more comfortable with Donald Trump in charge. One of the primary criteria by which I judge people (yes, I am a sentient human being and I therefore judge people) is the nature and the identity of their enemies and, as far as I am concerned, President Trump passes that test with flying colors. That Madonna, Mika Brzezinski and Maxine Waters all detest the president is sufficient to keep me on his side. His trip to Poland had the same effect on me as did Ronald Reagan’s trip to Berlin. It was a triumphant reclaiming of America’s leadership role in the Western world and it perfectly contrasted with the weak-kneed puerility of Barack Obama.

By Stuart Kaufman

Back in the Dark Ages, before the Internet and cell phones, my then-fiancée and I had tickets to see the opera “Tristan and Isolde” by the German composer Richard Wagner at the Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center in New York. It wasn’t as if we were such highbrows, but my parents had subscription seats and they didn’t like Wagner so the tickets fell to us.

By Stuart Kaufman

At the age of 73, my capacity for outrage never ceases to amaze me. I am getting tired of being indignant most of the time. However, it seems to me, that given the trajectory of behavior in modern American culture, it is the moral obligation of every decent, thinking human being to be perpetually furious.

By Lachlan McIntosh

Thus far, three well known South Carolina legislators have been indicted in this current corruption probe led by First Circuit Solicitor David Pascoe. State Senator John Courson and State Representatives Jim Merrill and Rick Quinn have been officially charged with varying degrees of misconduct in office. It is expected that more indictments are forthcoming. While all three are Republicans, most observers would not be surprised if one or more Democrats were included in future indictments.

By Stuart Kaufman

There is a malignant virus that is spreading throughout this country. It is flourishing and mutating in the hothouse atmosphere of America’s institutions of “higher learning,” and it threatens the health of American society in a way that is new and intensely ominous. It attacks the nervous system and the vital organs of the living organism that is American civilization by using our educational system as its host and by attacking our very future by feeding upon our youth. What has happened to our colleges?

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