Immigration: It Isn’t About Border Sovereignty; It’s About Human Dignity

Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame, with conquering limbs astride from land to land; here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand a mighty woman with a torch, whose flame is the imprisoned lightning, and her name Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command the air-bridged harbor […]

Does the Reality of America Demonstrate that Democracies Work—Or, Not?

If I lived in an America where our democracy’s reality matched its ideal, I would not respond defensively or angerly when deeply-held opinions of political opponents run counter to my views. Instead, I would trust that in a functioning democracy we would resolve our differences in the interest of the common good. This, however, is […]

Honest, Decent, Open, Fair and Compassoinate

As he considered a run for the presidency in 1976 former Georgia governor Jimmy Carter asked himself two questions: “Can our government be honest, decent, open, fair and compassionate? Can our government be competent?” A personal early career highlight for me came from my years serving in Governor Carter’s administration as Secretary to the Board […]