Category Archives: Politics

Some shocking news for Republicans: Ronald Reagan wasn’t a racist on immigration

By Robert Mann There was once a prominent liberal Democrat — he would one day become president — who embraced a big, broad belief in the American dream that too many of today’s political leaders reject. This future president said … Continue reading

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My resolutions for 2017 (or, How I plan to survive another year of Donald Trump)

By Robert Mann Although I have never been one for New Year’s resolutions, 2018 feels different: I’ll turn 60 this year. Our son and daughter will graduate high school in May and head off to college in the fall. We’ll … Continue reading

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The Good, Bad and Ugly in Louisiana Politics, 2017

By Robert Mann “I never wonder to see men wicked, but I often wonder to see them not ashamed.”  — Jonathan Swift It was a year that shame forgot. Sure, that might describe most years in Louisiana politics, but events … Continue reading

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Christianity’s poverty of Christ

By Robert Mann Let the historians explain how evangelical Christians lost their way, but it’s a sad fact that a large, influential segment of a major faith is unmoored from its foundational, scriptural teachings. I’m talking about those evangelicals who … Continue reading

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The Mother of All ‘Conspiracy Theories’

By Cyril Vetter Since around the late 1990s, a Russian “academic,” Igor Panarin has been forecasting the breakup of the United States. His thesis is that mass immigration, economic decline and “moral degradation” will trigger a second Civil War. The … Continue reading

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Louisiana never had a governor who cared for children more than Kathleen Blanco

By Robert Mann You can tell a lot about people — especially public officials — by how they behave around children. I’m thinking about the baby-kissing politicians who pretend to care but lose all concern for the kids when the … Continue reading

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Judge James Brady: A Man Apart

By Robert Mann “Carve your name on hearts, not tombstones. A legacy is etched into the minds of others and the stories they share about you.” ―Shannon L. Alder U.S. District Judge James Brady, who died on Saturday after a … Continue reading

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