Trumped Up

A few times in the past 18 months I have observed Alan Dershowitz in editorials and debates on major news networks.  He intrigues me because he is a life-time democrat with centrist and moderate views—on most things.  I decided to read his take on the President Trumpet issues.

Let me say up front that I agree with two very important points that he makes.

  1. The two party political system, with three branches of government, was designed to keep the government of the U.S.A in a centrist and moderate position.  We live in a period presently in which the extremists on both sides of politics are getting the greatest voice and and pushing, shoving and manipulating to get their way.  If we allow America to go extreme, in either direction, we are in danger of losing the very foundation of freedoms the country was founded to preserve.
  2. The two party political system was designed for vigorous debate of the issues before voting on who may lead.  In the previous three elections we have heard almost nothing on issues.  Instead we listen to character and personification attacks.  And when it’s all said and done, each side attempts to criminalize the other.  The criminailzation of political differences will destroy our system.

In buying and beginning the book I was no aware that it is really only a collection of Dershowitz’s editorials over the past 18 months.  As such, these essays only make sense within the context of the current news of that day.  Today, we look back on those events with a different perspective than we had the day they were news, and therefore a different perspective than Alan had in real time.

Next, I tired of his constant defensiveness of being of Jewish heritage.  Yes, we must protect the rights of this people group to exist and to have the political protections of being a country among the nations of the world.  But all things don’t revolve around them.

Therefore, the longer I read the more tired I became.  I found myself flipping through page after page with barely a perusal.

As a reader of my book reports, you’ve not heard me give one a really poor recommendation before.   Trumped Up?  Don’t bother.  Catch Alan Dershowitz about once a month in a news program interview and you’ll have enough.


The Lost City

The Lost City of the Monkey God, by Douglas Preston is an adventure worth reading.

Have we explored the entire world?  Can we use new, high technology to uncover the secrets of ancient times?  How do we perform archaeological explorations in the climate of being politically correct? Where is the line between adventure seekers and archaeology?

Those are but a few of the questions raised by this amazing adventure into the least explored wilderness in Central America.  For as long as there has been exploration, mythology and rumor of a civilization not related to either the Inca or Mayan empires exists.  Douglas Preston formed a coalition to secure the funding for the most high tech mapping of an unknown area in Honduras that has ever been undertaken.  What he found was extraordinary.  What he has been able to do with it has been nothing but trouble and blocked from all sides.

At the date of the finish of the book in March, 2017, about 500 pieces have been brought out of the jungle to be cleaned and displayed by the Honduran government.  If a major archaeological development is allowed, it might take 100 years to uncover the 1000 years of jungle to catalog three sites of enormous scope and value.

This is a real-time drama going on presently.  You will love this book—unless you hate snakes.