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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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(14 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, September 14, 2008
"Well . . . I'd Like to Bring about World War, Charlie" Sarah Palin was runner-up in the 1984 Miss Alaska pageant. Her answers to some of Charlie Gibson seemed like those of some pageant contestants. But instead of giving the standard answer that she seeks "world peace," Palin in effect said she seeks world war. It's appropriate that her pageant was in 1984.
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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.
(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        Friday, September 12, 2008
Christian Author Warns of Palin's "Scary" Religion: "Answer Questions, as JFK Did 48 Years Ago Today" On this date in 1960, Democratic presidential nominee John F. Kennedy appeared before the Greater Houston Ministerial Association and a national television audience to address widespread concerns that his religion might harmfully influence the way he would preside over the United States if he won the election. It is high time for Republican vice-presidential nominee Sarah Palin to face a similar forum.
(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?
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(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, July 13, 2008
Grand Theft Jesus-IJ Released! Satirical piece on the release of a new electronic game, Grand Theft Jesus-IJ, in which players get to turn Jesus upside down, hunt for upright Jesuses, and laugh with Inverted Jesus as people in New Orleans drown during Katrina, among other fun "Christian" activities.
(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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(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?
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Obama v. "Oh, Bomb 'Em" Republicans and "Christians" love John McCain's "crisp, forceful" response to Pastor Rick Warren's question about how to deal with evil: "Defeat it!" But it is the opposite of what Jesus taught we should do in the face of evil.
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.
(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.
(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."
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, August 6, 2008
Paris Hiltons of Elections Past When they ran for president, Franklin Roosevelt and John Kennedy were seen as fluff -- celebrities -- but they are now generally seen as the two greatest presidents of the past century. So was another guy, one the GOP likes.
(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, 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.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, September 8, 2008
Wake Up, America! - The Morning After America's Blind Date with Sarah Palin Americans need to get out of bed with this candidate, quickly, while their virtue is still intact.
(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        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?
(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?
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, August 25, 2008
Sports Fans: Oppose McCain! As Americans make the overnight transition from the Olympics to presidential politics, shifting attention from Beijing to Denver, sports fans should realize that the US will not get the 2016 Olympics if McCain is elected.
(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
(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.
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, August 14, 2008
Back in the Saddle(back) In trying to strike a balance between religious voters and those who are fearful of the religious right, McCain has, like Nixon in 1968, embraced those he knows are wrong.
(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!"
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, August 30, 2008
She's Not Quayle; She's Thomas McCain's cynical selection of Sarah Palin is a reprise of George H.W. Bush's nomination of Clarence Thomas to the Supreme Court. "I'll get on my knees and pray / We don't get fooled again."
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, July 2, 2008
"Bring 'Em On!" - The Fifth Anniversary of Bush's Declaration of Indecency Five years ago, when Bush said "bring 'em on!", he was inviting Iraqis to try to kill American troops. Few things a commander-in-chief could say would be as reprehensible as this comment.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, September 5, 2008
Oops, The McCains Said It Again On Sunday, when Cindy McCain said that Sarah Palin's national security experience is that "Alaska is the closest part of our continent to Russia," we all assumed it was a gaffe. But more than three days later, all her husband could come up with in response to a question about whether Gov. Palin's has enough experience to be commander-in-chief was: "Alaska is right next to Russia. She understands that."
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, July 6, 2008
Jesus Thieves Convene for McCain In a gathering reminiscent of the 1957 organized crime summit in Apalachin, New York, some ninety major figures in the rightwing conspiracy to kidnap Jesus and commit identity theft against him gathered last week in Denver. These Jesus Thieves preach value$ opposite those of Jesus. Most of them agreed to back John McCain.
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, August 29, 2008
No Dice to a President Who Loves to Roll Dice John McCain's choice of Sarah Palin confirms just what Barack Obama said about him in his acceptance speech: that he doesn't have the temperament or judgment to be president. McCain loves to play craps and we don't a dice-thrower as president.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Ghosts of 1960 There are remarable parallels between the 1960 and 2008 elections, but there are also a few critical differences. Both the similarities and the divergences are instructive in assessing how the 2008 Election is likely to unfold. That Kennedy, despite his great advantages over Nixon, almost lost, should serve as a warning to Barack Obama.
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Beer Drinkers, Beware McCain! "If you like what happened to the price of gasoline with two oilmen running the government," Cindy McCain said gleefully, "you'll love what will happen to the price of beer with a beerwoman as first lady!"
(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.
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.
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, June 4, 2008
Harmonic Convergence In the week during which the nation marks the fortieth anniversary of the assassination of Robert Kennedy, Barack Obama has clinched the Democratic presidential nomination The hope that died in 1968, particularly with the murders of Martin Luther King, Jr., and Robert Kennedy, is reborn in an improbable presidential nominee who presents himself as the embodiment of "the audacity of hope."-
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, September 3, 2008
Gone Old Party's Campaign Song: "McCain's Wonderful World" With apologies to the late Sam Cooke, this is my suggestion for the theme song the Republicans should be singing at their convention and throughout the campaign.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, July 3, 2008
Panic, Anyone? While President Bush continues to toss around such euphemisms as "rough patch" and "tough times," most Americans have clearly felt the effects of a recession--a "bear economy"--for the past few months. The question now is whether we are facing something far worse.
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, August 1, 2008
The Ludacris-Rove-McCain Axis "The race card" is something that is only played by someone who can hope to use it to produce a winning hand. In this game, it is obvious that that player is John McCain.

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