Tag Archives: Tom Robotham

The American People

By Tom Robotham I have a lot of pet peeves. But if I had to pick one that stands out above all others, it would be the abuse of the phrase “the American people.” You know what I’m talking about: The tendency of politicians to proclaim that “the American people want” this or that, “believe”

Let Freedom Ring

By Tom Robotham   On September 3, The New York Times published an article about renewed efforts in China to instill patriotism into the hearts and minds of its school children. “Sparkling red stars and bloody tales of military sacrifice accompanied 200 million Chinese children into the new school year this week,” the article stated,

Reflections on an Immortal Genius

BY TOM ROBOTHAM I don’t know what it means and I don’t care because it’s Shakespeare and it’s like having jewels in my mouth when I say the words. ― Frank McCourt.   First off, I must make a confession: There was a time when I hated Shakespeare. I can recall, in particular, the dreary

Us and Them

  There is no wholly masculine man, no purely feminine woman. ~ Margaret Fuller, Woman in the 19th Century.   Some years ago, while delivering a lecture on the women’s movement to one of my classes at Old Dominion University, I paused to ask my students whether any of them regarded themselves as feminists. Not