Paul Elisha

Commentary & Opinion
12:50 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

Paul Elisha: In Our Congressional House...No Traitors Allowed!

On September 24th, 1942, three months shy of his 20th birthday, this combat veteran of WWII in the Pacific stood with several dozen other enlistees, at Fort Dix, N.J., prepared to join the United States Army.  It had taken me eight months after the infamous attack on Pearl Harbor, by the Japanese, to convince my father to sign the permission paper my lack of seniority demanded.  Preliminaries: medical and routine completed, we were called to attention to be sworn in by the officer in charge.  I still recall the oath, by which I swore to defend the United States from all enemies – foreign and domestic.  For me, it has been a life-long impetus for service.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:24 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

Paul Elisha: Wreckless Youth Makes Rueful Age

In one of his most compelling utterances, Oscar Wilde quipped: “Experience is the name everyone gives to their youthful Mistakes.”  If ever this nation was in need of helpful advice from practiced elderly statespersons, now is that time.  Trouble is, most of those available to give it have morphed into politically posthumous prime and are only allowed into the limelight to add cache` at ceremonial events or – as younger miscreants, who committed irreparable political havoc, are now frenziedly refurbishing history, to justify their prior misconduct as ‘necessary evil.’  For such unseemly projects, they form tandem arrangements with ghost-writers, eager to glean money and merit from the commercial media, which has scant scruple about manipulating inexpert voter opinion.  The endgame effect of such shenanigans is a travesty in trust for those who need it most--- the voters whose voices are the most persuasive vehicles for change, when public policy hunts vital options between peace and war; economic vigor and regressive recession.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:25 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

Paul Elisha: Reluctant Remembrances

As the beloved piquant paradoxical pin-striper, Yogi Berra, used to pipe – “It’s like deja vu all over again,” it’s precisely that, just two decades or so later, with the same old cast of characters and a few new faces added.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:42 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

Paul Elisha: The Still Missing Magic Ingredient

There’s no denying the heat of resentment that prodded America’s colonial rebellion to its ultimate break with British rule and the formation of a new system of governance, controlled and administered by an elected body of its citizens.  In retrospect, however, and given the passage of several centuries for calmer contemplation, this should not condemn every aspect of the British system to infamy and avoidance.  In fact, a thorough and unbiased study of our current system of governance, shows it lacking a mode of service not completely available within any of the three traditional branches of government into which ours is divided.  Closer scrutiny reveals a glaring need for its addition.  A Management Branch could well re-revolutionize the current United States triumvirate system of three governmental branches, all of which are held hostage to the insidious influence of the continuous cycle of elective politics.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:45 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Paul Elisha: Robotics Sans Empathy = Regression

A most recent episode of the long-running and vaunted TV program , “60-Minutes,” entered the descriptive realm of ‘Historic’ in its highly documented interview with a respected physician-turned-research engineer, who shared the profound announcement that he and his colleagues have initiated the revolutionary and computerized era of ‘Robotics.’

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Commentary & Opinion
12:50 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Paul Elisha: Unions And The Future

At this depressing juncture of America’s ongoing history, if for whatever uncharitable reason, someone might want to provide an even more troubling vexation to dwell upon, the charge that ours is an anti-Organized Labor chronicle would turn out to be a truly fruitless choice.  A short stint of diligent digging by this commentator has turned up some interesting rebuttals.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:50 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

Paul Elisha: One Nation Indivisible - Re-Discovered

This veteran of too much war and too much talk of it with too little substance, at too great an expense for too many to pay and too few to benefit, has discovered a long neglected and priceless truth, that we now can only ignore at our irrevocable peril.  In the Fourth Century-B.C., the super-wise philosopher Sun Tzu uttered an incontestable truth, still valid and destined to remain so:  “It is best,” he said, “to win without fighting.”  His wisdom was preceded by several generations of combatant statesmen, who were described by a contemporary historian as “…those with the clearest vision of the glory and danger before them, who notwithstanding, still went out to meet it.”

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Commentary & Opinion
12:58 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

Paul Elisha: What Goes Around

In his powerful book of verse: Divine Madness, the pre-eminent bard and psychologist Paul Pines begins one of his poems thus:

find a reed
that breaks rock
to reclaim whole cities
in the bush
call it a flower
without which
nothing is renewed

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Commentary & Opinion
12:08 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Paul Elisha: A Birthday Salute To Alan Chartock

  ‘Til now, I’ve not thought to say this on the air--- but I can’t think, why not.  Truth be told, it’s over-due.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:33 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

Paul Elisha: Back To Poetic Sanity

What does the phrase:”National Destiny,” truly mean?  Too often, the impassioned palaver of politicians simply get it wrong.  Here, where the spirit of the self-proclaimed destiny of unified accomplishment became the gargantuan model of every free individual’s dream, we have created ‘Nervana-Run-Amock.’  The result has been the ‘Malling’ of America, with ‘Big-Box’ outlets and Strip-Malls covering every vestige  of green that Nature has grown.  This evolution has been accompanied by the corrosion of a nationwide network of infrastructure, unmatched in any other populous expanse.  This is the burden with which our ‘National Destiny’ of material acquisition has endowed us.  Now our problem is: What to do about it?

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