Trevor Brookins

*How do you convince masses of men to fight and potentially die for the wealth and property of a few men who may or may not fight? By telling them that they can also accumulate wealth. This was a novel idea in 1776; in 2012 we can see how difficult it is to accumulate any wealth. And yet people support capitalism and conservative polititicans.

It would be extremely funny if the President actually made a joke about his wife engaging in oral sex. But for the sake of the dignity of the office, I’m not sure we should all pretend that it was an innocent double entendre.

Yes I realize I just contradicted myself.

Winston Churchill said “if you’re not a liberal at 20 then you have no heart. If you’re not a conservative at 40 then you have no brain.” But seeing how rotten sausage is made, and eating it for 20 years should not make us all advocates for rotten sausage.

I think it takes just as much courage to refuse to play in the face of racism as it does to play.

When it comes to contracts the NFL has it wrong because the players are working under contractual agreements that are not guaranteed. But MLB is also wrong in allowing for guaranteed 10 year contracts when it is unreasonable to think any player will justify such a deal.

There are probably just as many quality scripted shows and scripted shows overall today as there were when we had only three national stations. But the amount of cable channels demanding programming dictates that reality TV is here to stay.

But it still really bothers me that these shows create a group of people who are technically celebrities but with no talent that the general public clamors for.

The only athletes that have it worse than NFL players are thoroughbred horses. The animals make use of the lowest percentage of wealth they create in the sports world. So it is surprising that the people behind I’ll Have Another decided to save the horse from potential injury in the Belmont Stakes. But not that surprising when you realize how much money they’ll make pimping it out.

Seth McFarlane is funny but not funny enough to warrant three television shows and a feature film. Especially when he uses the same formula.

At some point physically disciplining your children becomes unfeasible. Either they are too big and you can’t impose your will, or they are just big enough that imposing your will means doing something arrest worthy.

How do you spell economic revival? G-R-E-E-N-I-N-D-U-S-T-R-I-E-S.

Vaccinations that are past their expiration date are useless, not dangerous.

I am a socialist but I draw the line at the British monarchy. The country supports and adores the royals because of tradition. Either they run your country and deserve your money and adulation or they don’t.

If you can’t cheer at your kid’s graduation, when can you?

Trevor Brookins is a free lance writer in Rockland County, New York. He is currently working on a book about American culture during the Cold War.  His writing has appeared in The Journal News. You can reach him at [email protected] or follow him on Twitter @historictrev.