Paul Elisha

Commentary & Opinion
12:53 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

Paul Elisha: Mother Of Exiles

As the present global mind-set continues to dominate the American psyche, from the acme of political policy to many ordinary areas of doing business, this commentator calls “Time-Out!”, for a look at where we are, how we got here, what it’s cost us and what our future portends. As the self-appointed market managers of the so-called democratic (small-d) idiom, we seem to have become habituated to catch-phrases that create a wide latitude of definition and too much room for inexactitude: like “National Destiny” and “Spheres of Interest;” both of which help to harbor inhospitable hanky-panky for the uncontrolled capture of money and power.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:22 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Paul Elisha: Term Limits And Liberty

This old Doubting-Thomas of a palaver-some pundit has been much troubled of late.  The cause?  Having heard a rising chorus of voices, belonging to public personae who, one expects, should know better, urging their faithful friends and fellow citizens to relinquish the precious possession that all those members of the military we’ve been sending into harm’s-way (ostensibly to preserve) have been dodging danger for--- and simply hand the franchise that makes our freedom meaningful over, to some unprincipled penny-pincher of a political proxy.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:50 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Paul Elisha: Freedom and Religion

Those prejudiced political power brokers, now trying to hang a liturgical lock on this nation’s spiritual inception, as a Christian entity, had best beware of history’s recurrent habit of self-correction…much like proof that appears to be surfacing, now. For starters, let’s not forget the Native American tribes who were here, when the Holy-Roller "conversionists" first set out to "civilize" the “savages” who helped them survive the rigors of this untamed land, they’d come to conquer.  The Amerinds’ own religion taught them to respect and preserve what nature had provided but their fortune-hunting Christian conquerors were determined to despoil. One hesitates to contradict historic errors that have (for some) become part wish-prejudiced and nationally accepted misstatements…but when facts surface, despite repetition to the contrary, truthful contradiction must intercede, like it or not.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:50 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Paul Elisha: A Favorite Poem For Vets

In 1920, some fourteen years before she spoke these words to members of the U.S. Congress, Edna St. Vincent Millay wrote them at the start of the second part of her prize winning poetic masterpiece, “A Few Figs From Thistles.”  She had come to Washington, D.C , to urge Congressional support for legislation to give women equal rights with men in all facets of learning, earning and political determination, which they still lacked.  It’s taken eighty years since, for that deprivation to be successfully addressed and signed into law by our current President, Barack Obama.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:50 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

Paul Elisha: Of Church And State

I’ve visited this issue earlier; even quoted Teddy Roosevelt’s warning, that “…the one absolute certainty of bringing this nation to ruin, would be to permit it to become a tangle of squabbling nationalities.”  I might have left the matter there, if the “This is a Christian nation!...” claque hadn’t decided to intensify their contention several decibels louder than before.  What seems to have gotten them steamed up now,  is a complaint from a Jewish person and an Atheist, both of whom took issue over having to sit through public prayer sessions before their Town Council’s meetings (the council being an all-Christian one) and pushed their complaint all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.  The Court, citing other instances of pre-meeting prayer by higher government units, allowed as how something similar, at the local level, wouldn’t be that bad to sit through and said so in writing, which emboldened the ‘pro-Christian-Nation choir’ to add heft to their chant.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:45 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

Paul Elisha: The Wind And The Grass

There’s something awfully wrong with our nation.  Too many Americans have a propensity for killing.  Not only do we no longer heed the authorized execution of  prisoners with concern for useless pain or suffering, as the law once prescribed but we’ve also made physicians accessories to the process.  Add also, the strange and troubling return of frontier desperatism, in which ordinary citizens once had the right to carry hand-guns and dispense so-called lethal justice, whenever they felt necessary.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:45 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Paul Elisha: War And Peace

In the realm of recorded religious history, regardless of geographic location or form of belief, disagreements that evolve into armed violence mostly have been the result of familial differences, fuelled by ill defined loyalty and interference by meddlesome outsiders.  These invariably have led to blood feuds, unresolved to this day.  Those who interpose themselves as mediators, well meaning or not, are doomed to certain and expensive failure.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:45 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Paul Elisha: History Hits The Stage

In the past week, an important event in theatrical history celebrated an even more crucial event in our nation’s political history, when Gerald Rafshoon and Lawrence Wright (confidante and Pulitzer Prize winning playwright) presented “Camp David,” a dramatization of the thirteen volatile days of intense debate that produced the first negotiated agreement on a peace initiative between Egypt’s Anwar Sadat and Israel’s Menachem Begin;  the most historically vital achievement of the Carter Presidency.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:45 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Paul Elisha: The Odor Of The Foregoing

Those who would pillory our current President with biased blame for every current ill, to which their own calculated intransigence has contributed, are at odds with political history.  Before they finagle with falsehood and fabricate pure political fiction, to capture unworthy vindication by voters, they should consult the 1978 edition of a tiny text, this commentator still finds invaluable.  It’s titled “American History At A Glance.”  This is a brief quote from Chapter 14, titled: “The Harding Administration.”

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Commentary & Opinion
12:50 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

Paul Elisha: I Arrange A Smile

In the strange reversal of circumstances that have taken place since the Sochyi Olympics seemed to have breathed new vitality into a lifeless Soviet cadaver, this commentator intuits and fears the possible return to times we all could and should have done without.

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