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I am a retired boatbuilder with a fascination for political thought. Most of my life I cheerfully described myself as an "eastern establishment, knee jerk, liberal Democrat."

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(15 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, June 25, 2009
Capitalism and Health Care The only justification for using capitalistic principles for the distribution of health care is to insure that universal health care, by any meaningful definition, will never happen. Period.
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, April 18, 2010
Corporate America's Secret Weapon: Socialism In sum, the fact that politicians are afraid to use the word does not alter the fact that "socialism" is an honored and necessary component of the American experience, and always has been.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, October 14, 2011
The Occupation is the Message When large numbers of a pluralistic society put their bodies on the line in cities around America to assert that they no longer feel part of a system which ignores, and worse, abuses their right to participate in the political and economic direction of their country, their action is the message.
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, August 22, 2009
Follow the Money Greenwald has answered the simple question that has been dogging progressives: "If the essence of health care reform is to de-link the exhorbitant profits of the pharmaceutical industry from the health needs of our citizens, why is Obama making deals with big Pharma that will mitigate and make meaningless that objective?"-
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, January 4, 2010
A Case Study: Dawn E. Johnsen The churlish treatment of Dawn E. Johnsen by President Obama and his administration should finally silence the desperate true believers in the Democratic Party who cling to the fantasy that the President is a victim of the unforgiving political reality that passes for government in our nation's capital.
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(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, June 21, 2014
A Pol Meets a Senator Chris Matthews is the loser in confrontational interview with Elizabeth Warren
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, May 7, 2010
The Face of a Corporate Citizen A personal account. Here comes Hess LNG; there goes the neighborhood.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, November 14, 2009
Lou Dobbs: Mr. Republican Dobbs may just be the man to put a stake in the heart of Rahm Emanuel's dream of a triangulated Democratic Party.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, April 2, 2011
Michael Steele, Philosopher Steele's well-earned reputation over the years is often to say out loud what his peers would be embarrassed to have heard.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, March 5, 2009
Truth and Reconciliation Won't Cut It The parallels between the event that occasioned America's most patriotic annual celebration and today's intra party discussion far exceed the coincidence that both were in reaction to an imperial personage named "George."
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, September 10, 2009
The “New Democrats” are Back The Obama administration is the quintessence of Clintonian triangulation, and lacks only the designation of its proposed constituency as “new Democrats” to be its mirror image.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, September 18, 2010
A Cup Half-Full You Can Believe In The clear losers in this political miasma are Progressives. The President has announced that he will continue to ignore our well-articulated concerns, and he also will condemn us if his bland political pragmatism fails in the elections of 2010, with the result that an impotent Democratic Party is replaced by an impotent Republican Party.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, November 26, 2010
Capitalism and AIDS You can have the best health care in the world as long as you can afford to pay for
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, May 31, 2010
Don't Ask, Don't Tell, Don't Think DADT is, and always was, a ridiculous concept even without regard to the matter of homosexuality. By explanation and practice, DADT is premised on the notion that any member of the military who thinks a certain way constitutes a danger to service morale, a danger so serious as to necessitate the removal of that individual from the service, should such thoughts become known.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, December 21, 2011
"The Great American Debate:" An Election Preview The Republican party would simply transfer the ethical and moral responsibility of government to the good graces of capitalistic enterprise, ignoring the reality that that is, in fact, exactly what we have done -- with disastrous consequences.
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, February 10, 2010
The New Man in the White House The most recent Obama demonstrates an ability to think on his feet, to recognize and respect the opinions of those who disagree with him, and to argue, with civility and even gentle humor, that when hypocrisy or ignorance are the controlling motifs of opposing opinions, they must be dismissed with prejudice.
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, May 15, 2009
Who Cares What Nancy Pelosi Knew or When She Knew It? Does anyone seriously believe that had she raised fierce objections to the policy it would have been changed?
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, June 7, 2010
An Opportunity for BP BP can demonstrate its good faith intention to live up to its highly publicized CEO's commitment that "we will get this done, we will make this right" by establishing and funding an escrow account which could be accessed as needed by the American government.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, October 1, 2009
Senator Grassley, “Truth Teller” At Tuesday's markup in the Senate Finance Committee for health care reform, Senators Rockefeller and Schumer, in their advocacy of public option amendments, elicited responses from Senator Grassley that came close to framing the actual issue that is of concern to Republicans.
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, February 20, 2009
A Moment of Decision Traditional notions of capitalism are challenged by the recent Presidential election.
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Why We All Just Can't Get Along American democracy is increasingly under assault by the ideologies of capitalism and religion, manipulated by political professionals and others, for short term, essentially self-serving objectives.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, March 14, 2009
The Money Debate Stewart's point was that there are real life implications when the "players" screw over the rest of us, and Cramer is a poster child for the amoral manipulators of money who deliberately game the system for personal profit.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, July 18, 2012
The New York Times in New England I've counted on the Times throughout my life for integrity, and some class, in choosing what it decides to print. I would hate to think that it is currently inclined, clandestinely, to provide "red meat" for its Wall Street readers and more temperate fare for its New England audience.
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, October 30, 2009
Obama and Lieberman History will determine whether Obama and Lieberman are adversaries or cohorts.
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, April 17, 2009
Republicans Adrift Social conservative Republicans are lost and leaderless in a world that is passing them by.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Mr. Wall Street This presidential election give us an an excellent opportunity to examine the consequences of conflating corporate entities with people.
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, March 23, 2009
The Part They Don't Get Wall street hubris is unconscionable, and the time to check it is long past.
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, February 25, 2009
The Progressive/Obama Dilemma A Progressive looks at the initial Obama administration.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Professor Gingrich Newt Gingrich employs a rhetoric of intellectual dishonesty.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, April 5, 2009
Church, State, Marriage We live in a society that nominally sees the need, as did our founders, to separate "church and state," by avoiding any advocacy on theological matters and embracing advocacy of matters important to our pluralistic community.
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, April 27, 2009
It Doesn't Matter, Dick Like much political rhetoric, the current "discussion" about the propriety of using torture to elicit information from suspected terrorists is often predicated on assumptions that are not shared by the arguers and may well be mutually exclusive.

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