Author Archives: David Naas

Old Time Civics Videos

There are a lot of videos here, but if you were pressed for time, why are you reading my ramblings? Used to be, we took Civics seriously in this land.  It was pure, unadorned propaganda, designed to mold children’s ideas … Continue reading

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Acting is Just a Job, Like Any Other

As You Like It By William Shakespeare All the world’s a stage, And all the men and women merely players; They have their exits and their entrances; And one man in his time plays many parts, His acts being seven … Continue reading

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On Doing The Right Thing

I am no philosopher, so what follows is sure to be disputable and full of logical inconsistencies, but it is what I think. Some folks are driven by what they conceive to be their DUTY, of doing what is The … Continue reading

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I Believe In Captain America

I was born in 1948, three years after WW2 ended. My schoolteachers were veterans of that war. One, in particular, I remember was a navigator on a B-17 dropping bombs on Nazi Germany. Another fellow was a vet too, was … Continue reading

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What IS An American?

What is an American? That is a question which has been with us throughout the history of the United States, and back into Colonial times. There are several answers, from nativist paranoia to internationalist non-entity. It is something we debate at … Continue reading

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Growing Up Racist

As I was growing up in the 1950s, my dear Mother (may she rest in peace) did everything she could to convince me that White was Superior, and that Blacks needed to stay “in their place”. She was a good … Continue reading

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Politics Won’t Clean The Streets

Politics Won’t Clean The Streets Fiorello La Guardia, onetime Mayor of the Big Apple, said, “There is no Democratic or Republican way of cleaning the streets.” That was about 80 years or so ago. Another wise lesson we managed to forget … Continue reading

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