Britain’s Reagan and Trump moment

By John Ruberry "This is the issue of this election: Whether we believe in our capacity for self-government or whether we abandon the American revolution and confess that a little intellectual elite in a far-distant capital can plan our lives for us better than we can plan them ourselves." Ronald Reagan, A Time for Choosing, … Continue reading Britain’s Reagan and Trump moment

Latvia’s ethnic Russians and ethnic Latvians agree: No Middle Eastern refugees

By John Ruberry Although there is no love lost between the two groups, contemporary Latvia is result of ethnic Latvians and ethnic Russians living together in the middle Baltic State. When independence was achieved from the Soviet Union in 1991, only a slight majority of the nation was comprised of ethnic Latvians. Now they make … Continue reading Latvia’s ethnic Russians and ethnic Latvians agree: No Middle Eastern refugees

My evening with patriotic illegal aliens

By John Ruberry Mrs. Marathon Pundit and I will be attending at party tonight in Chicago's northwestern suburbs--a birthday celebration for one of her closest friends. Like my wife, her friend is an immigrant from Latvia. Both are in the country legally, Mrs. MP is a US citizen. I imagine there will be about 50 … Continue reading My evening with patriotic illegal aliens

Putin kept at bay in Latvian elections

By John Ruberry After seizing the Crimea and invading Ukraine, Russia-watchers wonder which former Soviet republic is next on Vladimir Putin's expansion list? Latvians fear it could be their nation. Yesterday parliamentary elections were held in the small Baltic state. Ethnic Russians with Latvian citizenship--not all of them enjoy this benefit--mostly lined up as predicted … Continue reading Putin kept at bay in Latvian elections

Unlike Obama, two world leaders take responsibility for failure

By John Ruberry For pretty much the entirety of his first term in office, President Obama blamed the stagnant economy on his predecessor, George W. Bush. Of course the Obama economy is still in the doldrums and I wouldn't be surprised if it remained dormant until after he leaves office. Obama's biggest, ahem, achievement as … Continue reading Unlike Obama, two world leaders take responsibility for failure

Ripples of the Ukraine crisis in the Baltics

By John Ruberry The effects of Russia's annexation of the Crimea are being felt in the Baltic States--Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia. The three states were part of Czarist Russia, but they won their independence from the Bolsheviks after World War I. It was not to last--the tiny nations were seized by the Soviet Union in … Continue reading Ripples of the Ukraine crisis in the Baltics