By Lachlan McIntosh

The bizarre and troubling reign of the Trump presidency is barely two months old. It seems much longer than that. There’s so much bad that it’s nearly impossible to keep up with everything. While the escalating FBI investigation into Russia’s role in influencing the November elections and Trump’s potential role in it would probably be considered the headliner, it certainly has steep competition on several fronts.

By Stuart Kaufman

The German word “weltanshauung” is defined as “a comprehensive conception or image of the universe and of humanity’s relation to it.” Weltanshauung is the term used by “intellectuals” when describing the total concept of an individual’s view of life, or “worldview.” We all have a weltanshauung even though we may not be aware of it. Our worldview is derived from our individual experiences, cultural surroundings, traditions, beliefs and the myriad other factors that comprise the sum total of our individual selves. The weltanshauung of an ancient Greek was different from that of an ancient Roman, which was different from that of an ancient Judean, ad infinitum. Similarly, the weltanshauung of an American is different from that of a Russian or a German.

By Stuart Kaufman

Edmund Burke is one of my all time heroes. He was an 18th-century statesman and philosopher who, among other things, championed the cause of the American Revolution; he is also frequently called “the father of modern conservatism.” I try to live my life according to Burke’s most famous aphorism:

By Stuart Kaufman

After leaving the practice of law, I joined a company that re-developed surplus or under-utilized corporate property. On the first day of my new career, my new boss, an amazingly creative genius named Howard P. Hoffman, called me into his office to give me the “rules of the road.” He told me that what I was about to do was as different from practicing law as brain surgery is from sitting in a tree. He said that if something turned out wrong as a result of something I did, there would be no adverse ramifications from him, but that if something went wrong because I didn’t do something, I would be out the door so fast that my eyes would cross and my ears would ring. His absolute rule was “when in doubt, do something.” This was a lesson that I took to heart, not only in my professional career, but in every aspect of my life.

By Lachlan McIntosh

The United States is truly entering uncharted waters as President-elect Donald Trump prepares to take office and become the nation’s 45th president. Daily, Trump says or tweets something that would be unimaginable coming from any other person to ever hold the office. As this thin-skinned, Putin-defending, volatile demagogue prepares to lead the greatest country on earth, it seems appropriate to reflect on the record of his predecessor, Barack Obama.

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