(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, August 31, 2008 Nixon, Agnew, Quayle, Cheney--and Now Palin?
Why are the Republicans so cavalier in their selection of Vice Presidential nominees? A historical look, with some quotations from the Republicans at the National Review.
(6 comments) SHARE Sunday, February 24, 2008 The Flag Fetish
An article in Sunday's New York Times reports on conservative hostility to Obama. He doesn't wear a flag pin, they complain, and he doesn't put his hand over his heart during the National Anthem. I remember when Americans weren't obsessed with outward shows of patriotism.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, November 19, 2007 Debate in the Desert
Logical fallacies, the Nanny State, and Hillary Clinton's experience: Reflections on the Las Vegas Debate.
(9 comments) SHARE Thursday, October 18, 2007 The Curmudgeon Party
Mike Gravel and Ron Paul should run together on a third-party ticket. They could call themselves the Maverick Party, the Odd Squad, or the Curmudgeon Party.
(6 comments) SHARE Friday, September 28, 2007 Bad Debate Questions at Dartmouth
At the Dartmouth debate the other night, Tim Russert asked at least two absurd and pernicious questions. One is "would you torture Al Quaida's #3 man to save American lives?" The second objectionable question was whether Israel would have the right to make a preemptive strike if it "felt in danger"?
(11 comments) SHARE Sunday, September 9, 2007 "Liberal" or "Progressive"?
Hillary Clinton has claimed to be a "progressive" rather than a "Liberal." What's the difference, and is she right?
(5 comments) SHARE Sunday, August 12, 2007 Clinton: "I'm Your Girl!"
On Friday's Hardball, Chris Matthews's two women guests were invited to respond to Hillary Clinton's use of the phrase "If you want X, I'm your girl" at the recent debate in Chicago. Was
"girl," in this context, anti-feminist? he wanted to know.
(3 comments) SHARE Friday, July 27, 2007 Separation of Church & State: A Thumbnail Sketch
Who was John Locke? Jefferson considered him one of the three most important men who ever lived. It was Locke whose ideas provided the basis for many aspects of our Constitution, including the separation of church and state. Locke himself was a devout Christian.
SHARE Monday, March 26, 2007 A Royal Pardon?
The presidential pardon is a vestige of monarchy. Will our King George III pardon Scooter Libby?
(5 comments) SHARE Tuesday, March 20, 2007 War Profiteering, Past and Present
The film "Iraq for Sale" reminds this writer of polemics against war profiteering composed during the American Revolution.
SHARE Monday, October 23, 2006 The State, That's Me!
How George W. Bush more closely resembles a 17th-century absolute monarch than the leader of a free republic.
(4 comments) SHARE Tuesday, October 17, 2006 Pop Christianity
A critique of contemporary Christianity, with its simplistic notions of causality, its hostility to science, and its intolerance of ambiguity, complexity, and dissidence.
(2 comments) SHARE Friday, October 13, 2006 THE HAPPY EMPIRE
Our two greatest faults as Americans are provincialism and a deficit of historical imagination. Too often we lack a sense of historical depth and density. We have become indifferent both to our own ancestors and to future generations.
(2 comments) SHARE Thursday, October 12, 2006 Republican Newspeak
Did the Republicans learn how to frame our political debates by reading George Orwell?