Esther Goldberg

Esther Goldberg is a lawyer in Alexandria, Virginia.

The Shrinking Man on the Right

 

It’s time that we, as a nation, take a deep breath, count to ten, call for the smelling salts. Anything at all to quell the rising tide of hysteria now overwhelming the Right as it has the Left. The hysteria is the disease, the cause is hubris, and the cure is humility — an acceptance […]

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The Silence of the Lambs

 

Is there a correct way to respond to a horrific tragedy? I’m thinking, of course, about the children in a Parkland, Florida high school, randomly shot dead by a deranged young man, long known by federal and local authorities to be dangerous, and the brave adults who died protecting them. Beautiful children whose joyous voices […]

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A Woman in Full

 

I’m a woman who loves fashion. So much so that I told my physician daughter that, should I ever be on life-support, she might test my will to live by dangling a Chanel jacket in front of me. If my eyes didn’t light up, and my heart skip a beat, pull the plug. I got […]

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Circle Time in the Post-Binary Gender Era

 

It was a circle time like no other on the day that 10-year-old Muir shared his news with his grade four classmates. “Some of you have known I haven’t been an average girl,” he said. Well, butter my butt and call me a biscuit! This was hardly an impromptu pronouncement. It was an event, and […]

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Judge Roy Moore: The Bannonites Versus the Swamp

 

In its lead editorial yesterday morning the Wall Street Journal laid out what’s really at stake in the establishment’s jihad against the people of Alabama who elected Judge Roy Moore to represent them as the Republican nominee in the upcoming Senate race, and it has nothing to do with decency or standards of behavior. In […]

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The All-Electric Car Fairy Tale

 

Should the American taxpayer be required to subsidize an industry that could not survive on its own? Following news that President Trump’s draft budget repeals the $7,500-per-vehicle federal tax credit for electric cars, Tesla’s share price took more than a 7% dip. Electric vehicles are the only kind Tesla makes, and it receives other subsidies […]

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The Grinch Who Stole Halloween

 

John and Jane Doe (not their real names) obviously loved Halloween. For 20 years they’d been putting up an elaborate display on their front lawn, for the amusement of their children and the neighborhood. Not just the usual witches, goblins, ghosts and ghouls, either. For the Does have an off-beat sense of humor when it […]

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More Fake News From the New York Times (UPDATED)

 

(Updated below*, Sat., Oct. 28, 11:19 p.m.) The New York Times had two veteran reporters working overtime on Friday night after the representative of a respected conservative publication testified before the House Intelligence Committee. Literally. The piece by Kenneth P. Vogel and Maggie Haberman was posted at 7:32 pm on Friday night. It’s brief and […]

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Get Back to Where You Once Belonged

 

Sweet Loretta Martin thought she was a woman But she was another man All the girls around her say she’s got it coming But she gets it while she can —The Beatles News of Hugh Hefner’s death last week struck me even harder than the 1975 breakup of Sonny and Cher. One falls into thinking […]

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American Business Sides With the Fascists

 

When U.S. Steel ignored President Kennedy’s plea to keep prices down, he said, “My father always told me that all businessmen were sons of bitches, but I never believed it till now.” That’s how I feel about the CEOs who made a noisy show of quitting President Trump’s business council a few weeks ago. As […]

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