Civil Society

Civil Society

Alexander plays a winning tune

Can "little platoons" of Americans win battles the "big battalions" of the federal government have been losing? 

Lamar Alexander intends to find out. The soft-spoken, mild-mannered man from Maryville, Tenn., joins U.S. Sens. Bob Dole, R-Kan., and Phil Gramm, R-Texas, as one of the GOP's Big Three presidential contenders. 

But unlike the acerbic Senate majority leader and the in-your-face Texan, Alexander is a user-friendly presidential hopeful who wears well. 

Forces strong for status quo

Like millions of other Americans, we used the Thanksgiving holiday to visit family in the Midwest. This year we took Amtrak. 

The train ride was terrific; the scenery was spectacular. But there was an unanticipated benefit: long conversations with strangers, people from many walks of life, during the 17-hour train ride to Wisconsin and 17 more getting back home. 

Election verdict: Less is better

The tsunami we predicted in this column on Oct. 12 -- Republican control of Congress for the first time in 40 years -- happened on Nov. 8. 

However, the majority that carried the election is not, in my judgment, a New Republican Majority -- as many Republicans are saving. Rather, it's a New American Majority -- and Republicans are its temporary custodians. 

Reboot

Reboot!

It’s better to wear out than rust out.”  That is the message of Reboot!  While American culture glamorizes the “Golden Years” of endless leisure and amusement, Phil Burgess rejects retirement, as he makes the case for returning to work in the post-career years, a time he calls later life.

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