The American People

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”...
Remembering Joe Porfert

Remembering Joe Porfert

By Tom Robotham   I hurt myself today, to see if I still feel. I focus on the pain, the only thing that’s real. The needle tears a hole, the old familiar sting. Try to kill it all away, but I remember everything. ~ Trent Reznor.   In the summer of 2014,...
Let Freedom Ring

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...
Moment of Reckoning

Moment of Reckoning

By Tom Robotham   On July 25, as the Democratic National Convention was getting underway, news broke that an armed man in the Larchmont section of Norfolk had barricaded himself inside his house after police came to question him on suspicion of vandalism. In a...
Rocks of Ages

Rocks of Ages

By Tom Robotham    The traveler sees what he sees. The tourist sees what he has come to see. ― G.K. Chesterton   The first time I visited England, in 1979, most of the people I encountered were British. That may seem like a terribly obvious statement. But during...