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Robert S. McElvaine is a professor of history at Millsaps College and the author of ten books. He is a frequent contributor to the op ed pages of the major national newspapers and blogs for the Huffington Post. His latest book is "Grand Theft Jesus: The Hijacking of Religion in America" (Crown).
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, August 4, 2014 Vietnam a Half Century after the Gulf of Tonkin
Fifty years ago this week the United States Congress passed the Tonkin Gulf Resolution, giving Lyndon Johnson a blank check to conduct war in Indochina. A look at Vietnam today shows just how terrible and tragic that mistake was.
(2 comments) SHARE Monday, August 13, 2012 Job Policies: An Experiment
We had a 16-year experiment comparing the competing job creating plans of Democrats and Republicans. It is called the Clinton and Bush 43 administrations. Here are the results.
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, August 4, 2012 THE Economic Question of the Election
Here is the simplest graphic way to present the key economic question of the election: Do voters want to go back to the policies of George W. Bush that produced the economic collapse?
(2 comments) SHARE Tuesday, July 31, 2012 Un-Favorite Son
The people who know Mitt Romney best oppose him by a huge margin, unprecedented in the history of home-state support for presidential candidates.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, July 26, 2011 Solomon and the Debt Ceiling
So, is Solomon Obama saying to Republicans, cut infant America in half that Republicanhs & Democrats shall have equal parts & Norquist's bagger devotees in the House are saying, "No way! Kill the kid!"
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, December 10, 2010 Wake Up. Obama! (VIDEO)
An irate long-term Obama supporter gives the President a piece of his mind on his surrender to the Republicans and the hyper-rich in, as Harry Truman once said of a talk he had with the Soviet foreign minister, "words of one syllable, unadorned by the polite verbiage of diplomacy."
(9 comments) SHARE Wednesday, October 13, 2010 We Have Won In Vietnam!
I expected to see Ho Chi Minh spinning in his glass coffin when we visited him in Hanoi, but he appeared to be serene in the face of the collapse of his revolution through what might be termed the Great Bourgeois Cultural Revolution.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, June 21, 2010 Debt - What Is It Good For? Absolutely Some Things
The article seeks to provide some history of federal debt, distiguishing when adding to the debt is necessary from when it is just foolish. American voters need to understand this distinction so they aren't hoodwinked into voting in a way that will bring back the disastrous policies that produced the economic collapse of 2008.
(2 comments) SHARE Thursday, February 25, 2010 Let's Start Calling Them 'Regressives'
Vindictive & malicious right wingers like Beck along with delusional haters like Iowa's Wilson & Mitt Romney do not deserve to be called "conservative" because in fact their retrograde elitism is nothing less than regressive & we should call it that.
SHARE Wednesday, January 20, 2010 How Obama Can Get His Groove Back
The demented element in American politics slashes out to bite the Democrats where it hurts. The message: Obama may not be a progressive, but he & they need to smarten up fast.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, September 3, 2009 When Will GOP Leaders Denounce the Pyromaniacs?
The parallels between the hate speech of the early 1960s and today are numerous and disturbing. But there are also important differences. So, where does the Republican leadership stand on playing with matches?
(2 comments) SHARE Sunday, April 19, 2009 Keep the Bank Pirates on the Run
President Obama seems to be hearing the growing outcry against the big bank pirates' declaration of war on the American people through their outrageous increases in credit card interest rates.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, October 22, 2008 McCain's "Hruskaism:" The Mediocre People of America Deserve Representation!
McCain's defense of his choice of Sarah Palin is reminiscent of Roman Hruska's of Nixon's 1970 nomination of G. Harrold Carswell to the Supreme Court: She may be mediocre, but there are a lot of mediocre people in America. They are entitled to a little representation, aren't they? But the mediocre people HAVE been represnted in the presidency for the last 8 years. Isn't it time for the thinkin' people to be represented?
SHARE Sunday, October 19, 2008 The Demeanor of Da Meaner Guy
There has been a lot of discussion of John McCain's demeanor during the presidential debates. More important, though, has been the demeanor of his campaign as a whole. In comparison with Barack Obama, John McCain's behavior toward his opponent and toward the voters has shown repeatedly that he is "da meaner" candidate.
SHARE Wednesday, October 15, 2008 McCain & the Missiles of October
Had John S. McCain been sitting where John F. Kennedy sat in 1962, would he have played the heroic role JFK did in preventing catastrophe by resisting the "Bomb 'em now and worry about the consequences later" chorus? Would McCain do so under similar circumstances in the coming four years? All the evidence, including his own testimony on how he makes decisions, indicates that he would instead be leading that chorus.
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, October 5, 2008 SSM (Sewage Stream Media) Intimidate MSM on Palin
Sarah Palin's performance in no way indicated the slightest readiness to be president. That is obvious, so why is it that so many commentators in the mainstream media are saying that she "passed the test" and showed herself to be a "plausible president"? The only explanation is that many in the MSM have let themselves be intimidated by the SSM (Sewage Stream Media).
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, September 15, 2008 Bush-McCain Economic Philosophy Needs More than "Adjustments"
This morning George W. Bush used the carefully chosen word, "adjustments," to describe the accelerating financial collapse. But we need more than adjustments. The GOP economic philosophy has brought us to a point close to where that same philosophy brought the economy in 1929. Far from the economy being "fundamentally sound," the economic philosophy is fundamentally flawed and most be drastically changed.