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President Donald Trump arrives on stage to speak at a campaign rally at the BOK Center, Saturday, June 20, 2020, in Tulsa, Okla. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump revives his drive to make America great again

Success in entertainment stakes its fortune on the notion that the show must go on. So does politics. Donald Trump, with a knack for occupying the sweet spot between the two, would no longer be restrained from taking the stage. With a jolt, he has relaunched his dormant 2020 presidential election campaign for a dash through a minefield of radical strife fueled by national sickness of body and soul.

The floor of the main lobby of the Central Intelligence Agency in Langley, Va. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

Why America's intelligence agencies need reformation

If one judged only by Hollywood's depiction of the American intelligence community, one could be forgiven for believing we are possessed of an awesome, best-in-class assembly of hackers, spies, gatekeepers and various assortment of keyboard warriors, all at the ready to break-in, shutdown and generally disrupt the digital machinations of our enemies.

Newlyweds Corbett Leatherwood, left, of Manassas, Va., and Michele Davis, kiss during a photo session for their wedding photographer after passing through the 16th Street area that was renamed Black Lives Matter Plaza, Friday, June 12, 2020, near the White House in Washington, the site of protests over the death of George Floyd, a black man who was in police custody in Minneapolis. Floyd died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers. The couple were married outside of the Supreme Court earlier in the day, on the 53rd anniversary of the Loving v. Virginia Supreme Court case which legalized interracial marriage in the United States. "The message we are spreading is that love wins in the midst of all the bad things happening," says Davis, "being able to get married today and then come down here where people are fighting racial injustice was very important to us." (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Achieving the dream with a rite, not a riot: Mixed marriage takes the hatred out of race

It has happened again: A black man dies at the hands of white police officers, this time in Atlanta. Like clockwork, crowds gather, angry voices fill the air, mingling with the smoke of arson-lit fires. It's another made-for-media performance of the nation's race ritual, one that hardens hearts and betrays the dream of a colorblind society that the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. held so dear. An altogether different rite is playing out across America, though. And over time, it cannot but extinguish the hatred: interracial and interethnic marriage.

The City of Detroit removed the bust of Christopher Columbus statue in the median of Randolph Street facing the intersection of Jefferson Avenue in downtown Detroit. Workers removed the statue Monday morning, June 15, 2020. All that remains is the empty pedestal.  (John T. Greilick/Detroit News via AP)

The use and abuse of history: Removal of statues means historically rudderless America

Two days ago, the mayor of Detroit ordered a bust of Christopher Columbus removed from its pedestal. It was a peaceful removal for the Italian-born discoverer of the new world. After all, last week in Boston he was beheaded and in Richmond he was pushed into a lake. One supposes he is used to the harsh treatment. In many cities and states, his namesake holiday has long been replaced with Indigenous Peoples Day. In a few decades, it is not inconceivable he will be relegated to a proverbial footnote of history.

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden smiles while speaking during a roundtable on economic reopening with community members, Thursday, June 11, 2020, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Trump vs. Biden on criminal justice

The long, hot summer of discontent we can expect as the numerous protests of police violence are accompanied by sackings, and lootings are bound to have an impact on the upcoming presidential race. Whether it will benefit President Donald J. Trump or former Vice President Joe Biden is, at this point, anybody's guess.

A woman wearing a protective face mask walks past an American flag in front of a closed business during the new coronavirus pandemic, Monday, May 11, 2020, in Palm Beach, Fla. Palm Beach County was authorized by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis to initiate Phase 1 reopening regulations Monday, which includes limited reopening of retail establishments. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Out with the new, in with the old: How to survive in a post-COVID-19 world

As the most famous living poet in America once sang, "He not busy being born, is busy dying." These are words for the current moment. Take a look around. Everywhere, from our education and financial and technological systems, down to our familial dynamics and even the way we as individuals view ourselves and live, things are changing. And thanks to pressure of current events, they are changing -- irrevocably -- fast.

Construction crews work after protests, Tuesday, June 2, 2020, in Minneapolis, Minn. The protests were part of a demonstration against police brutality sparked by the death of George Floyd, a black man who died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers on May 25. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Build, baby, build! In times of crisis, building is what Americans do best

If the unfolding economic pain caused by COVID-19 didn't cause businesses to board up, construction projects to halt and despair to settle upon the collective bones of our body politic, some of the protests-turned-riots, from Santa Monica to Manhattan, certainly did the trick. So, this week, as we sweep up broken glass and restock merchandise, and as various states shift from Phase 1 to Phase 2 of reopening plans, the moment enjoins us to ask, "well, what now?" Our answer: Build, baby, build.

This June 22, 2019, photo shows the exterior of the New York Times building in New York. Some staff members at The New York Times and Philadelphia Inquirer called in sick to protest editorial decisions they found insensitive about protests over George Floyd's death. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) **FILE**

Current groupthink enforces systemic silence at The New York Times

There are places on the planet where the natural urge for free expression is not allowed. The United States has never been one of those forbidding spots -- until now. Like a smoldering match dropped too close to a gas pump, the inexcusable police killing of a black man has blown racial sensitivities sky high. The resulting concussion has stripped away the great American tradition of searching for a pathway to peace through reasoned discussion, replacing it with robotic recognition of "systemic racism." So much for unfettered speech in "the land of the free."

Protesters march through the streets of Manhattan, New York, Sunday, June 7, 2020. New York City lifted the curfew spurred by protests against police brutality ahead of schedule Sunday after a peaceful night, free of the clashes or ransacking of stores that rocked the city days earlier. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Bummer in the city: Disease and violence prove a buzzkill for urban life

Cities thrive because they are centers of human activity. Cities decay for the same reason -- because they are centers of human activity. The difference between urban growth and shrinkage is the nature of the human activity. The quality of life their major cities offer is no longer sufficient that Americans are proud to call them "home." Sadly, the outbreak of twin scourges of disease and anarchy is hastening the hollowing out of the nation's population centers. It's an ugly black eye for blue leadership, which is to say, the Democratic Party.

In this March 2020 file photo provided by Gilead Sciences, a vial of the investigational drug remdesivir is visually inspected at a Gilead manufacturing site in the United States. Given through an IV, the medication is designed to interfere with an enzyme that reproduces viral genetic material. (Gilead Sciences via AP) ** FILE **

Blinded by science: Why modern faith in 'expertise' should be tempered

Among the most admired men and women in America today are our technical experts. They tend to reside in Silicon Valley or Boston, and even in The Washington Times' own backyard, Montgomery County, Maryland. They work in bits and bytes, and are given over to making astounding pronouncements on seemingly-miraculous health cures, colonizing the outer galaxies of the Milky Way, advanced weapons systems and uploading our consciousness onto computers to achieve immortality.