In 1968, there were two candidates for president: Democrat Hubert H. Humphrey, Jr. and Republican Richard M. Nixon. The anti-war protestors targeted Humphrey first at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago in August of that year, which led to the famous riot outside the convention hall and pandemonium inside. In addition, throughout the campaign, anti-war protestors went after Humphrey. This contrasted with Nixon, where there were few protestors outside the Republican National Convention and on the campaign trail.

Before I comment on the main point of my column, I want to give an update to last week’s Queens Jewish Link article. I criticized the politicization of sports, referencing the National Football League and the National Basketball Association and called for a boycott. You can now add the WNBA to the list. After I wrote my article, Georgia Senator Kelly Loeffler, who is a part-owner of the Atlanta Dream of the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA), argued against politicizing the game and gave an alternative of putting an American flag on every jersey. The WNBA is planning to have Black Lives Matter on warm-up jerseys, each with the name of a woman killed by police, and Black Lives Matter printed on the court.

Normally, it’s difficult to get into the right frame of mind for Tish’ah B’Av. It’s the summertime; children are at camp, and teachers are off from school. Many people are up in the country. It is a time to relax after having a busy year. Even though you’re limited to what you can do during the Three Weeks, there’s always the anticipation of Shabbos Nachamu and the remainder of the summer vacation.

On the July 19 edition of “Meet the Press,” Chuck Todd asked Rep. James Clyburn about the last conversation he had with Rep. John Lewis, who passed away last Friday. They discussed why the movement we commonly refer to as the civil rights movement in the 1960s did not accomplish as much as they would have liked, since it was taken away from them and the narrative was turned to “Burn Baby Burn.” He was not referring to the 1976 song with the title “Disco Inferno”; it was the burning of parts of many cities in the United States by those who claimed that they were upset with the state of race relations in the county. Clyburn and Lewis were also concerned that the current movement for racial justice is being hijacked by requests to defund the police.

A good litigator, whether a trial attorney or an appellate attorney, can recognize the weaknesses in his case and be prepared to deal with them. One of the mistakes that some lawyers make is they become so enamored with their case that they believe they cannot lose, and find out the hard way that they were wrong. One of the skills taught in law school is the ability to recognize legal issues in a fact pattern and be able to present arguments on both sides as to how a court should rule.