What my Political Science Professor at Cal did

Jacobus tenBroek, along with Joseph Tussman, wrote “The Equal Protection of the Law” in the California Law Review of 1949.  It was the intellectual foundation of the unanimous 1954 Supreme Court decision, Brown v. Board of Education.  That decision overturned Plessy v. Ferguson (1896), which recognized the constitutionality of racial segregation.

Up close and personal with Jack Kennedy and Richard Nixon

I met Arizona State Senator Kelli Ward at some meeting of state legislators a few years ago.   She made no secret of her ambition to become a United States Senator.  I liked her attitude, and she seemed plenty smart.  I wished her well.

I just saw her on the Lou Dobbs Show on Fox Business, and I almost didn’t recognize her.  She’s had a total do over  —  hair, makeup, clothing, her entire physical appearance.  It’s the price women must pay for seeking high political office.

With men, it’s not so bad.  You want to look good, but it’s not that important.  Except sometimes, like the 1960 Presidential election.

I got to shake John F. Kennedy’s hand on the campaign trail in 1960, and I met Richard Nixon at a meeting of College Young Republicans in Miami in 1966.  Kennedy was a rock star.  Nixon looked like he belonged in a mortuary.

Standing next to one other at the first televised Presidential debate, the contrast was striking, and cost Nixon the election.  It was mostly a female thing, but men weren’t immune.  I know, because I got to see the most handsome man I’ve ever met at a whistle stop in Pittsburgh, California.

French President Macron at Mount Vernon

First Lady Melania Trump is vastly underestimated.  She is planning Macron’s visit to our country, which includes a tour of Washington’s home, Mount Vernon, today.

After rendering great service to the American Revolution, Lafayette came to the home of his spiritual father to say good bye in 1784.   He urged an immediate end to slavery.  Back in France, he participated in the early stages of the French Revolution.  He returned for a triumphal tour in 1824, and paid his respects at Washington’s grave.

His most treasured gift to America  is on display today  at Mount Vernon  —   the key to the Bastille.

Vive le France.