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Posted on November 8, 2016 by Robert Ringer Comments (63)


So it’s all come down to this. After a year-and-a-half of nonstop lies, childish name-calling, shameless race-baiting, and scandals so commonplace that most people have become immune to the rampant criminal activity in Washington, today is the day patriotic citizens march dutifully to the polls, desperately wanting to believe that their vote will help turn […]

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Thinking and Consequences

Posted on November 1, 2016 by Robert Ringer Comments (25)


I have often been asked if thinking can be considered a form of action.  The short answer is yes.  To employ Aristotelian logic, since thoughts have consequences, we can reasonably conclude that thoughts are actions. But the whole notion of thinking as a form of action puts us on that proverbial slippery slope.  Like physical […]

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Has Draining the Swamp Already Won?

Posted on October 25, 2016 by Robert Ringer Comments (104)

President Barack Obama delivers a health care address to a joint session of Congress at the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C., Sept. 9, 2009. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)
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I’m back again after a month of reflection, and, not surprisingly, nothing much has changed in the world of politics. I feel as though someone left the projector running while I took a break, and when I returned, the same movie was still playing. Which was not surprising, because many years ago I shut politics […]

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Eminent Domain and Donald Trump

Posted on September 20, 2016 by Robert Ringer Comments (68)


One of a handful issues I have with Donald Trump is his appetite for eminent domain. Whenever you watch a tear-jerking eminent-domain story on television, it serves as a grim reminder that we are not, by any stretch of the imagination, totally free. So now that an eminent domain practitioner is about to become president […]

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Things Change

Posted on September 15, 2016 by Robert Ringer Comments (31)


The next time you find yourself anxious or distressed about a business or personal situation, you’ll find it to be enormously helpful to think about a reality of life that seems to escape people who are constantly stressed: things change! This reality began to hit home with me in the late seventies, following a meeting […]

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Making the Time

Posted on September 13, 2016 by Robert Ringer Comments (24)


In an interview I did some years ago with Hugh Downs, I asked him how he finds the time to get so much accomplished. He explained that people who complain about not being able to find the time to do things they say are important to them are approaching the issue with the wrong mind-set. […]

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Letting Go

Posted on September 8, 2016 by Robert Ringer Comments (43)


There are thousands of great quotes to be found in books and on the Internet, the best ones being those that have a major impact on your life. These are the quotes that elicit a “Wow!” in your brain — the ones that stick with you forever and help form the foundation for the way […]

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Does Trump Deserve to Lose Your Vote?

Posted on August 29, 2016 by Robert Ringer Comments (75)


Now that the Trumpster has done an about face on the very issue that brought him to center stage from the outset of his presidential campaign, is it time to write him off as just another well-intentioned guy who got corrupted by the system — before he even got elected no less? Maybe … but […]

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The Desire to Acquire

Posted on August 25, 2016 by Robert Ringer Comments (31)


A few years back, Time magazine ran a cover story about greed.  Though it possessed many flawed premises and opinions masquerading as facts, it prompted me to reflect on this perpetually misunderstood subject. Among other things, the Time article stated, “Of all the impulses in humanity’s behavioral portfolio, ambition — that need to grab an […]

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Toward a More Perfect Union

Posted on August 23, 2016 by Robert Ringer Comments (31)


A visitor from another galaxy might be puzzled as to why so many Americans are so hung up on the issue of skin color. Given that slavery in the United States was abolished more than 150 years ago, you’d think that the subject would have faded into the marred pages of human history by now. […]

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