The Age of Discovery reshaped science, education, manufacturing, communications, politics and geopolitics. We are in a new renaissance, a new book argues, with all the upheaval that accompanied the first. And yes, there was a Donald Trump of sorts in late 1400s’ Florence.
Obama tried to make the second-worst Islamic terror attack on American soil into anything other than Islamic terrorism. All that really matters to those who hate saying “radical Islamic terrorism” is that we cling to the right political distractions.
If only the patrons of Pulse had been carrying concealed weapons, Trump says, they could have taken control of the situation. But it’s very, very difficult to draw, aim and shoot accurately when you’re under severe stress.
We need common-sense gun laws, common-sense gender equality and religious pluralism and common-sense privacy laws. That will take common-sense leaders, not ones who think problems can be bombed away or walled away.
The best way to stop these terrorists is to enlist as many Muslims as possible in a fight against them. George W. Bush and Barack Obama grasped this lesson, but the presumptive Republican nominee has not.
The role of political rhetoric once was to find shared lessons and common purpose following the shattering of the peace. But it is difficult today to imagine the unity of Dec. 8, 1941, or even Sept. 12, 2001.