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Quoting Lincoln. As President Abraham Lincoln said shortly before he was murdered: "… With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation's wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan, to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations…" Will we at last honor those challenging and uplifting words with our own good words and deeds, under right leadership, in our divisive and manipulated age; or do we follow demagogues and tyrants, and murder Lincoln over and over again in our own age (and JFK, and MLK, and others sent to do good things among us)? Ultimately, if we do the latter, we only harm ourselves and those we love, and benefit those who want to rob us of all that is our right to possess (like universal health care, as just one example).

My Position: Progressive. Think of me as a devoted fan of forward-looking leaders and thinkers like Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton, Al Gore, and their like. I am passionately progressive in my views, desiring the best outcomes and rights for all members of society. I want to see a society that keeps building on the wonderful legacies of Judeo-Christianity and the Enlightenment (not their worst manifestations in sectarian hate, demagogic manipulation, and the fallacy of mistaking emotions for opinions). That includes universal health care as a fundamental human right, not a privilege for the wealthy few. We need to be cognizant (and need strong leadership, not from corporate-republicans and similar corrupt politicians) about the realities of climate change and global warming (two different things, as I will explain, with the personal urging of, among others, Dr. Heidi Cullen, Ph.D., no relation, who is a leading expert on climatology). There is much to talk about, but much more to do.

Purpose. My goal is to add something of value to the intelligent discussion of the critical problems of our age. I am not interested in mudslinging or similar destructive behavior—which is often called 'having a duel of wits with an unarmed person.' Rather, I have these ideas and opinions based on sound research, much thought, and world travel. I have lived on two continents, in several countries, have traveled in many more, and speak several languages in addition to a strong foundation in Classics (Latin, some Hellenic). When I write a piece, I will always bring research to the table, show my work, and explain my own perception of questions that remain. It's not an ego thing. I just love doing this stuff.

Idealist, but Pragmatic. Politically, I view myself as a moderate centrist. I don't believe in conspiracy theories and other undisciplined, usually manipulated emotions that are not viewpoints because they are typically not based on rigorous information and critical thinking. In today's world of rabid (usually manipulated, demagogic) emotions and unbalanced factionalism, if a casual reader makes facile assumptions about my views or my work, that reader will almost always be wrong. Besides not being a conspiracy theorist and the like, I am not an enemy of corporations. Far from it. I know their worth both as an MBA type and as a history writer. More on all this soon.

Good Enough For Starters. That's a reasonable opening statement, I think. I'll have more to say, all in the spirit of Abraham Lincoln's lofty ambitions to benefit all of his countrymen.

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