Celebrating the Affordable Care Acts enrollment numbers, President Barack Obama, referring to Republicans, charged: They said nobody would sign up. Of course, no one said this. Obama, who aspired to tutor Washington about civility, is incapable of crediting opponents with other than base motives.
In many respects, America is back to the same giant concentrations of wealth and economic power that endangered democracy more than a century ago. Comcasts proposed acquisition of Time Warner Cable for $45 billion is especially troublesome.
Coupling unlimited donations and full disclosure was a reasonable way to reconcile the irreconcilables of campaign finance. Like so much else in our politics, however, it has been ruined by zealots. What a pity.
You say race has played no role in the treatment of President Obama? Fine. What would it look like if it did?
President Barack Obama is wise to reserve judgment on Vladimir Putins sincerity, but a betting man would do well to put his money on Nina Khrushchevas crystal ball. Her understanding of Putins psyche is several notches above the talking points that news consumers have heard repeated ad nauseam.
I entirely understand that Americans are war-weary, and for good reason. But has it really gotten to the point where the U.S. military now defines chest-thumping as unleashing the socks of war?
The Republican Party needs internal debate and populist energy. The problem comes in viewing the events of 50 years ago, when presidential candidate Barry Goldwater objected to the extension of federal power in the the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as an example rather than a warning.
The fundamental division in American politics is between those who take their bearings from the individuals right to a capacious, indeed indefinite, realm of freedom and those whose fundamental value is the right of the majority to have its way in making rules about which specified liberties shall be respected.
If Americas distributional game continues to create a few big winners and many who consider themselves losers by comparison, the losers will try to stop the game not out of envy but out of a deep-seated sense of unfairness and a fear of unchecked power and privilege. Then we all lose.
The left is in a new phase of ideological agitation no longer trying to win the debate but stopping it altogether, banishing from public discourse any and all opposition. The word for that attitude is totalitarian.
Please, for the love of Cronkite: Give us a break from the missing plane. Yes, we all wonder what happened to it. Yes, our hearts go out to the families seeking resolution. But really, CNN enough. Put your hands up and step away from the story.
In selecting Stephen Colbert to replace David Letterman as host of the Late Show, CBS has waged war on Americas heartland or so proclaims that Palm Beach font of heartland mirth, Rush Limbaugh. Dont you believe it, heartlanders.
More than three years have passed since the war in Syria began. Since then, the human suffering has been incalculable. Other aspects of the conflict, however, can be measured, and the statistics are not only grim, they are ominous.
If all you have is a hammer, the old saying goes, everything looks like a nail. Left unsaid is the fact that the real problem isnt the possession of a hammer, but the certitude that all you need is the hammer. In other words, its a failure of the imagination which is a kind of arrogance thats really to blame.
Through his conspicuous regret of U.S. inaction in Rwanda, former President Bill Clinton has affirmed a norm: Those who fail to act in the face of genocide are harshly judged, even by themselves. In fact, policy choices in such matters are generally complex, as in Syria and the Central African Republic today.
The Goldwater Institute, the fertile frontal lobe of the conservative movements brain, would use the Constitutions Article V to move the nation back toward the limited government the Constitutions Framers thought their document guaranteed.
In the short term, McCutcheon v. FEC may make it easier for todays robber barons to take over American politics. But by inviting them to corrupt our democracy so brazenly, it may also fuel a popular backlash leading to a new era of reform.
Secretary of State John Kerrys crowning piece of diplomatic futility is his frantic effort to salvage the Arab-Israeli negotiations he launched, also against all odds and sentient advice. Hes made 12 trips to the region, aiming to produce a final Middle East peace within nine months.
On issues where it should take the lead, where it should make noise and news, challenging the status quo, marching in the streets, actively advocating for human dignity, the great body of Christendom always seems to bring up the rear, arriving decades late to the place the rest of the nation has already reached.
Perhaps the biggest irony is that the young people President Barack Obama had in stitches at the University of Michigan are being forced to pay too much for health insurance in order to subsidize health care for others. In other words, theyre laughing at the pickle, but the joke is really on them.
Yes, it was bad when right-wingers called Barack Obama un-American, but Obama is the most powerful man in the world and the rabble is just that. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid owes Charles and David Koch and the American people an apology for calling the libertarian billionaires un-American.
The U.S. Senate, a venerable institution that Democrats control and Republicans covet, has lately been something of a circus. Since the U.S. Senate is Americas pinnacle of institutional self-regard the worlds greatest deliberative body its reputation has always had a long way to tumble.
It makes sense to consider two factors: historical significance and legal ability.
A candidacy by Florida’s former governor would be desirable.
The only way to stop this is through concerted political action. Yet the only large-scale political action we’re witnessing is that of Charles and David Koch and their billionaire imitators.