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CHRISTMASES PAST, PRESENT, AND FUTURE

Each of us who celebrate Christmas in America, at one time or another as December 25 approaches, thinks about Christmases past, present, and future. We string Christmases past together in our minds as if they were bulbs on an old strand of Christmas lights. There are those that glow dimly or not at all because they hold unhappy memories; and there are those that glow brightly with happy ones. We wonder how brightly Christmas present will glow when it becomes a Christmas past and how many more bright bulbs we’ll add to the string.  (More)

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TO TRUMP OR NOT TO TRUMP, THAT IS (WAS) THE QUESTION

On December 27, 2011, if it isn’t cancelled for lack of participants, Donald Trump is scheduled to moderate the Newsmax ION Television Republican Presidential Debate in De Moines, Iowa. The jury is out on whether Trump’s P.T. Barnum approach to the 2012 presidential election ultimately will help or hurt Republicans. What’s clear is Trump and P.T. Barnum have a lot in common; and “The Donald’s” approach to the upcoming presidential election is right in tune with the three-ring circus Barnum invented and American presidential elections have become.  (More)

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CAN NEWT GINGRICH WIN THE NOMINATION AND THE ELECTION?

Newt Gingrich is the shooting-star-of-the-month Republican candidate for president. He’s proclaimed himself the front-runner based on the polls; and it must be true because all the other Republican candidates have begun criticizing him. But can the chubby, twice divorced, former Speaker of the House with an attitude and a record in politics longer than Moses’ trek in the desert win the Republican nomination and the 2012 election? The answer to both questions is yes, and here’s why.

Republican primary voters have been looking for a nominee like people shopping for a new suit. They see one on the rack that looks great, and they try it on only to discover it doesn’t fit right. They take it off and try on another, looking at themselves in the mirror and asking their shopping companions for their opinions only to get mixed reviews because there is one thing or another wrong with the suit. They repeat the process until, ignoring their companions opinions altogether, they find one that isn’t perfect, but it’s satisfying enough that they buy it.  (More)

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