Sanctimonious Refudiation

So let me get this straight: a candidate runs on a platform that promises significant change and when he doesn't come through, it's not  because he lacks the will to govern, it's because they were foolish enough to believe that he would.  In explaining why he caved in to the people who destroyed the budget … Continue reading Sanctimonious Refudiation

I know it was you, Fredo.

I know it was you, Fredo. You broke my heart. You broke my heart!--Michael Corleone, The Godfather III'm a Christian who believes in Social Justice. I'm left of center politically. I'm suspicious of religious people who drape the flag around the Cross. I hate warrantless wiretapping, waterboarding and defending dictators to fatten the coffers of … Continue reading I know it was you, Fredo.

Why the Nobel Matters

The Nobel Peace Prize is only rarely given to someone who has actually made peace. The first one, given in 1901 to the founder of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (which never does anything, but still exists) and the founder of the International Committee of the Red Cross (which does a great deal). Among the other winners … Continue reading Why the Nobel Matters

How Good Revolutions Go Bad

The Obama phenomenon was supposed to usher in a new era in American politics. We would put behind us all those strident accusations and counter-accusations, the lies and half-truths, the abrogation of power, the trampling of the Constitution. There would be no more Blue states or Red states, only the United States of America, a … Continue reading How Good Revolutions Go Bad

When is Success Spelled "F-a-i-l-u-r-e"? In GOP Land.

If I owned a grocery store and, through a special incentive to sell milk, offered to me by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, I was able to reduce the price of milk to the point that my customers emptied my shelves, and still clamored for more, would I think that it was a failure? Would … Continue reading When is Success Spelled "F-a-i-l-u-r-e"? In GOP Land.

"So Are They All, All Honourable Men"–the Left Turns on Obama

You knew it had it to happen.  Moses didn't get the Red Sea mud off his sandals before the Children of Israel were clamoring for water, and watermelon. David may have routed the Philistines, but he never quite got the unity thing down pat, and within a generation of his death, Israel was locked in … Continue reading "So Are They All, All Honourable Men"–the Left Turns on Obama