This blog will be a continuing set of reflections and remarks on modern society and politics with a focus on the US.
I hope to make this blog both interesting and challenging. In recent years, I have become increasingly dissatisfied with the quality of public discourse in the United States and hope to use this blog a one small vehicle for raising the level of that discourse. Personally, I tend to view the world through secular humanist and socially progressive eyes. Although I do come from the progressive tradition, I also try to keep my eyes, mind and heart open to a variety of points of view and to engage in constructive dialogue.
The title of this blog is not accidental. In military circles R&R conjures up notions of stepping back from the battle field and resting and recuperating from its stresses. Although one can never escape the cultural fray, I shall try to write pieces here that are not hyperbolic or frenetic but rather provide an opportunity to step back for a moment or two relatively peaceful reflection on American and world society. Passions run high in the world today and I may from time-to-time fall victim to unnecessary intemperance but, in the main, I hope to provide prudent reflection rather than vitriol.
I look forward to your comments and reactions in the days and weeks to come.