America’s Aboriginal Sin

You know what’s tiring and pointless?  Presuming to know what America’s “Founding Fathers” would think about this or that, and then using that probably-misinformed presumption to promote policy. Even if you could discern how these long-dead 18th century gents would react to contemporary mishegas (by the way, you cannot), why should we think their thoughts are…

In Which the Pubic Wig Is Discussed

So on Flag Day (June 14), I went to makeameme.org and typed certain factoids onto the old photo of Francis Bellamy, author of the U.S. Pledge of Allegiance.  I posted the image on Reddit, with the heading, “Merkins, when you pledge allegiance to the flag, remember …” The one and only commenter replied, “A merkin is a…