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Leading a Team, Leading a Nation

By Frank Blechman We all know the (supposedly African) proverb, “It takes a village to raise a child.” Intuitively translated in general terms, that principle becomes, “It takes a team to tackle a complicated task.” “It takes a village to… Read More ›

Right Person, Right Time

Shortly after noon on August 9, 1974, in the East Room of the White House, Gerald R. Ford was sworn in as the 38th president of the United States. His first words after taking the oath of office were “My… Read More ›

Popular Vote 2020: Implications

There is no dispute that the voter turnout in 2020 dwarfed that of 2016. The meaning of the turnout and the distribution of ballots by political party and by demographic constituency will interest pundits and party strategists for a very… Read More ›

Racism Mimics Viral Pandemic

Editors’ Note: This article relies upon news reporting from several Irish newspapers. VoxFairfax has generally avoided commentary on international affairs, but a recent flap in Britain could not be ignored, mostly because its elements were remarkably similar, if not identical,… Read More ›

Where Are They Today?

SARAH LOUISE PALIN “I can see Russia from my house!” This statement should resonate with you as synonymous with the shooting star candidacy of Sarah Palin, the Republican vice-presidential candidate in 2008, running with John McCain. While the ticket lost… Read More ›

A Civil War Medal of Honor

Editors’ Note: Anderson, pictured above, was a Union Navy sailor during the Civil War and the first African-American to receive America’s highest military decoration, the Medal of Honor. His citation read, Served on board the U.S.S. Wyandank during a boat expedition up… Read More ›

Listen to the Opposition

By Frank Blechman I am going to begin this column with a confession. I had a really hard time deciding how to frame this conversation. In this blog, I have tried to present myself as a grumpy old guy who… Read More ›