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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).

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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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.
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(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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.
The Issue of the Election, From ImagesAttr
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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 More Sharing        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 More Sharing        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 More Sharing        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."
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, December 6, 2010
Woman Up President Obama and Dems. Grow a Pair... Of Ovaries!! a video message to Obama and the pairless dems
(9 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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 More Sharing        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 More Sharing        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.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, February 20, 2010
Dump Summers and Geithner: Bring in Warren and Spitzer The time is overdue for Mr. Obama to sack the gold men with ties to Goldman Sachs and replace them with people who will bring honesty and fairness to the nation's financial "services" sector.
SHARE More Sharing        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 More Sharing        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 More Sharing        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 More Sharing        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 More Sharing        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 More Sharing        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.
(11 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, October 10, 2008
Going Beyond the Pale-in: (Character) Assassination When does character assassination cross the line and begin to encourage physical assassination?
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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 More Sharing        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.

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