Paul Elisha

Commentary & Opinion
12:24 pm
Tue November 27, 2012

Paul Elisha: Silence

The great Ancient Greek philosopher/poet Dionysius has written:  “Let they speech be better than silence, or be silent.”  There is a new sort of silence now being ordained in this land, where speaking truth to power was once finally given voice --- it was thought, forever.  But those ordaining this silence believe theirs is a much more effective gag; tied more tightly and held in place by fear.  All the more compelling reason, to speak out against it.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:35 pm
Tue November 20, 2012

Paul Elisha: Veterans and politics

This commentator has always believed that age was never a guarantor of complaint or bad manners nor was it an established signal for curmudgeonly behavior.  So it’s especially upsetting to find oneself setting a graphic example of what he has criticized.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:20 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

Paul Elisha: On paper in the digital age

The poet Frank Bidart’s “Inauguration Day,” composed for President Barak Obama’s first Inaugural, began with these lines: “Staring out across America I see, since Lincoln, gunmen nursing fantasies of purity betrayed, dreaming to restore the glories of their blood and state.”  These words projected a hope of return to earlier times of repression and the glory of purity restored.  It’s a hope that obviously lingers for some.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:25 pm
Tue October 16, 2012

Paul Elisha: Great Spirit

If ABC-News journalist, Martha Raddatz had done nothing else, in last week’s highly charged and hugely watched Vice-Presidential Campaign Debate but to question both the incumbent and his opponent about their respective religious beliefs, she would have made a memorable contribution.  As it turned out, she made several of which this question was not only most revealing but for this observer, the most provocative.  While both Congressman Ryan and Vice President Biden expressed strikingly different views about their shared religious faiths, as Catholics, the most revealing aspect of their an

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Commentary & Opinion
12:09 pm
Tue October 9, 2012

Paul Elisha: Postage Paid

In one of his earliest books: “Cakes And Ale,” W. Somerset Maugham observed that hypocrisy cannot be practiced part-time, in one’s spare moments.  “Hypocrisy,” he said, “is a whole-time job.”  Back in the days when icons were authentic and worth quoting, one of the greatest was Martin Luther, who bemoaned the fact that “Truth goes begging, while hypocrisy finds ample wages.”  It’s an adage that’s still true, especially in the political arena, where the worst of that ilk continue to operate with impunity.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:15 pm
Tue October 2, 2012

Paul Elisha: One long step removed...

Those Americans who find themselves dismayed at the current lack of ethical and statesmanlike leadership in our country, replaced by the plodding puerile purgatory of partisan political power peddled to the highest bidder, need to be reminded that it was one of New York’s earlier self-styled political heroes, who preempted the Jeffersonian model of : “equal and exact justice to all… of whatever state or persuasion, religious or political;” as he spelled it out in his first inaugural Presidential address.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:30 pm
Tue September 25, 2012

Paul Elisha: The Greatness of America

In 1835, a mere 59 years after the American colonies became the world’s most advanced republic, thereafter known as The United States of America, our most surprising and enabling ally – France – sent its most distinguished political historian, Alexis deTocqueville, to study and report on the status of this monumental experiment in popular self-government, as stipulated: ‘of, for and by its people.’

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Commentary & Opinion
4:06 pm
Fri September 21, 2012

Listener Comment Line - Week of September 17, 2012

You had a lot to say on the WAMC listener comment line this week on everything from Joe Donohue's interview with Jesse Ventura, Republican Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney's '47 %' remarks, and several of our WAMC commentators. Segments of these comments ran Friday Sept. 21 on Midday Magazine and Northeast Report.

Commentary & Opinion
12:45 pm
Wed September 19, 2012

Paul Elisha: On Israel and the 2012 U.S. Presidential Race

For those of the Jewish Faith, Rosh Hashannah – the start of a new year – is also a time to clear the air of misunderstandings and settle differences… clear one’s conscience for new and more hopeful achievements.  That said, it is shocking and hurtful, that the present Israeli Prime Minister has contaminated a pure and practically endless stream of friendship and support from the United States, with harsh complaints of dissatisfaction and veiled threats of blackmail, unethically and mischievously inserted for the first time ever, into American Presidential politics, by an ungrateful benefi

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Commentary & Opinion
12:33 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

Paul Elisha: The Tip of My Nose

Question:  In a nation in which individual freedom is its most telling characteristic, how and why would church organized and ordained control of religious belief and practice become the most actively initiated and consistently sought-after power; second only to influence of the political system itself?

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