Bill Asher

About Bill Asher

Bill Asher is a writer and retired executive. He lives with his family in Massachusetts.

The Tyranny of Ignorance

Forgive the voice-to-text historians who hear German whenever President Trump speaks, who see a madman with bad hair, who see the open hands of benevolence toward a master race, who see the closed hands of belligerence toward a specific race.  Forgive these self-anointed Murrow Boys who mistake the sight of smoke and the sound of

By | 2019-10-14T15:48:25-07:00 October 14th, 2019|Tags: |

Turkey Plays Chicken

One bullet can start a war, but no rifle has enough bullets to end a war.  To know this truth is to see our troops in Syria, where peace with honor is improbable and the freedom of a just peace is impossible, because we are belated bystanders—we are witnesses after the fact—to a treaty between

By | 2019-10-08T14:00:51-07:00 October 8th, 2019|Tags: |

A Throne of Grace

In a windowless room whose layout is as familiar to lawyers and judges as it is foreign to American ideals of justice, where judges act like clerks and justice feels as cold as it looks, where the powers of the state belong to a mallet too small to be a murder weapon but strong enough

By | 2019-10-04T14:27:55-07:00 October 4th, 2019|Tags: |

A Very Cracked Kristol Ball

To see the speck in your brother’s eye, to see your brother as guilty of the highest crimes and the lowest deeds, to see so little and condemn so much, to hate to see your brother make war, to accept war until your brother sees the wrongness of the oldest hatreds, to see yourself as

By | 2019-10-01T12:07:51-07:00 October 1st, 2019|Tags: |

Bill Weld Torches His Mind

Bill Weld is as much a constitutional scholar as I am a geneticist. His maddening cry for the execution of President Trump is no better than my non-informed diagnosis of Weld’s case of acute madness: that he has the WASP equivalent of Tay-Sachs disease, minus the covenantal nature of Judaism and the high intelligence of

By | 2019-09-25T16:55:54-07:00 September 25th, 2019|Tags: |

Zucked Up Beyond All Recognition

Stop the video. Rewind the clip. Watch the steam go from the ears to the head, forming a crown, not of apostolic succession but apocalyptic surrender. Picture, too, a trio of technicians off-camera: engineers in white coveralls—men pacing inside a 1967 Ford Econoline—struggling to grab the toggles on a remote control, while the man in

By | 2019-09-18T22:46:32-07:00 September 18th, 2019|Tags: |

The Death of Ideology, Not Irony

What politics forbids, politicians foment—namely, absurdity. The absurdity of uniforms. Absurd uniforms born of uniformity of thought, of Blackshirts and Brownshirts, of jodhpurs and jackboots, of green robes and black masks. The absurdity of maniacs writ short and tall, from the exuberance of a little Caesar to the exaltedness of the Führer to the exaggerations

By | 2019-09-10T17:02:15-07:00 September 10th, 2019|Tags: |

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