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In search of a leader Friday, April 4, 2014 (6 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
America's fruitless search for a real leader As President, Obama is not a leader and has lost much of his celebrity luster. He promised "the most transparent administration" in recent years but has delivered just the opposite, concealing actions, fighting freedom of information requests and misusing the "national security" excuse to hide many documents and issues.

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Can, or should, America be saved? While I agree that America as a nation is in trouble and most likely headed for even more problems, I cannot subscribe to the theory that the end is near. We've been down before. We've faced crisis and even the threat of oblivion before but this nation is a collection of stubborn types who refuse to give up and who, somehow, find a way to survive.

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Yes, I worked for Republicans but, thankfully, I never became one I cannot, and will not, ever consider my time as a GOP political operative a career highlight or something for which to be proud. What I learned about the political process in more than a dozen years serves me well as a journalist. It taught me that political corruption is not limited to a single political party and that no party or political organization puts America ahead of its own interests or selfish agendas.

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Lots of people lost but did anyone win in the government shutdown? Did the tea party learn its lesson in the debacle that technically ended last night with votes in the Senate and House? Based on public statements by the hard-core TP types who genuflect to falsely-claimed values, the answer is "no way" and the group has shown little ability to learn from its many past mistakes. But when all is said and done, the biggest loser was America itself and those who call this nation home.

Resized Image Thursday, October 10, 2013 (7 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
John Boehner: When drunks lead Congress, disaster is the only option Most of those who hold public office are drunk with the intoxication of power. Republicans, we are learning more and more, are led by a Speaker of the House who is not only drunk from power but also, based on his actions and the smell that accompanies him, is blasted from the effects of too much booze.

Resized Image Friday, October 4, 2013 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Congressional leaders: They hate each other and it shows While leaders on both sides of the aisle in the House and Senate attempt, and often fail, to be courteous to each other in public, the acrimony they feel towards their counterparts is becoming more and more obvious and concerns staff members. Boehner and McConnell have nothing to do with their Democratic counterparts and Reid and Pelosi are content to avid social contact with Republicans.

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America: A nation dominated by political madness and shame At a time when reason is needed in political debate and coalition building is necessary to run a government and deal with America's problems, the Republican Party cannot function because it answers to obstructionists who care more about fringe issues than the real problems facing a nation in trouble.

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When Partisanship Rules, America Loses Partisanship is bi-partisan in Washington. Both parties live under its banner and genuflect to whatever phony ideals either side claims to stand for. While both claim to stand for what they claim is best for America what they really embrace is absolute power and complete control of a government that once functioned far more efficiently under moderation, cooperation and coalitions.

Resized Image Tuesday, August 6, 2013 (6 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Do We Need Change? Of Course We Do, But Change To What? The current system is not working. Congress is mired in partisan gridlock. The current President turned out to just be more of the same. Despite promises and claims, the economy is not really recovering. Cities, towns and counties file for bankruptcy, future leaders are assessed more for their celebrity appeal than any actual experience or ability.

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Another Cheney in Washington? This is supposed to be change? The odds are strong that Liz Cheney won't even make it past the primary. The Republican leadership is already lining up behind incumbent GOP Senator Mike Enzi. Wyoming voters traditionally don't oust incumbents and Cheney, who was born in Wisconsin, lived in Virginia until she and her husband bought a big bucks home in trendy Jackson Hole last year.

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Michele Bachmann: Suffering from diarrhea of the mouth Shoot-from-the-lip Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann"s mouth has purged verbal diarrhea once again and this time her outrageous comments brought attacks from Republicans as well as Democrats. She claimed that a longtime aide to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood, an Islamic terrorist organization.

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In the end, Santorum used his sick child as a political prop In the end, Santorum bowed to pressure from the GOP establishment and the numerical reality that he could not win. Politics is theater and Santorum played his part right up until it was time to exit, stage right.

Monday, February 6, 2012      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Halftime in America We need to get off our asses and start demanding accountability and change from those who make the decisions that affect our lives. Those decision makers exist not only in the halls of Congress or at the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington. They serve on city councils, school boards, board of supervisors and in state legislatures.

Resized Image Sunday, June 13, 2010 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The Tea Party: A phony grassroots movement headed for political oblivion? The Tea Party is not -- and never has been -- the "grassroots" movement that is claims. It was born out of a sham grassroots organization created in the office of a Republican consultant for a millionaire GOP client and then nurtured into existance by former Republican Congressman Dick Armey of Texas.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009 (3 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The GOP's 'Specter' of failure In the end, longtime Republican Senator Arlen Specter had no choice. If he wanted to keep his Senate seat, he had to return to the Democratic Party he left early in his political career. If he wanted to keep his sanity he had to get away from the rabid right wing that controls the Republican Party.

Friday, April 20, 2007      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Bush's boys on the hot seat Two architects of the Bush administration's dismantling of the Constitution and this nation's immersion into an ill-conceived war based on lies find themselves on the hot seat this week - one for memory lapses and the other for letting his Johnson overcome his judgment.

Thursday, January 11, 2007      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Same game, same results, same madness You can draw many analogies out of what Bush said in his disjointed, rambling speech to the nation but a reasonable person can come to only one conclusion: The President of the United States has run out of excuses, options or rationalizations for a failed, ill-conceived, illegal and immoral action that will go down in history as a massive political and military debacle.

Wednesday, January 3, 2007      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Bush must be stopped "The delusional Bush remains convinced more military action will bring 'victory' and more troops will make him 'successful' in Iraq. Bush -- like Lyndon Johnson before him -- is a self-anointed Carl von Clausewitz, in his twisted mind a superb military strategist who knows more than the generals."

Wednesday, December 6, 2006      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Iraq Study Group Report: Smoke, mirrors and the fog of war According to all that collected brain power in the Iraq Study Group, conditions in President George W. Bush's failed Iraq war are "grave and deteriorating" and the United States must find a way to get the hell out. This is news? Hell, the American public has known this for months. That's why they sent the Republican-controlled Congress packing in the November midterm elections. That's why Bush's public approval ratings are so

Tuesday, November 28, 2006      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Some uncivil thoughts about Iraq's civil war Amazing. Two staunch members of the Legion of Mainstream Media (otherwise known as the LMSM) have declared the debacle in Iraq to be just what it is: a civil war.

Monday, November 27, 2006      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Iraq war first-hand: 'A mess. An absolute mess' The dwindling few who still, for reasons known only to God or their psychiatrist, support Bush's failed invasion if Iraq, continue to claim the situation is not as bad as portrayed by the media. Which, of course, is nothing more than political wishful thinking. Just ask CNN correspondent John Roberts, who went into Baghdad with the invading U.S. forces 3 1/2 years ago and recently returned to the war-ravaged country...

Monday, November 6, 2006      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
For this election, here's mud in everyone's eye An old rule of politics used to say: Go positive in the final days of the campaign but, in today's politics, rules are made to be broken. Here we are on the day before a bitterly-contested midterm election and the mud is still flying through a barrage of attack ads that are booked through the time the polls close on Tuesday.

Monday, October 30, 2006 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Close the curtain on 12 years of GOP failures Talk to a Republican political operative lately and, once you get by the false public bravado that all of them try lamely to project, you see nothing but desperation in their eyes. The world is crashing down on the party of the elephant and they have only themselves to blame for the disaster that awaits them on November 7.

Thursday, April 13, 2006      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Partisans: America's REAL enemy I don't like partisanship, political or ideological, and I don't like the partisans who follow political parties or ideological affiliations. I consider all partisans - Republican or Democrat, liberal or conservative, right or left - to be my enemies and enemies of my country.

Wednesday, April 12, 2006      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Lies, damn lies and George W. Bush No doubt about it. George W. Bush's lying, rotten, putrid, soulless destruction of a once-great nation called America is now open for all to see.