Tue, 25 November 2014
Senator Inhofe swore Benghazi would go down as the biggest coverup in history. Impeachment was on the table.
Chairman Issa was insistent. The American public was deliberately misled. Talking points had been changed by the administration.
Senator Graham said he knew for a fact that witnesses were being forced into silence.
One Republican after another condemned the lying, the coverup.
Fox News reported, and let viewers decide, about why administration explanations were unraveling in a very public way.
But a Republican investigation reveals that there was no coverup, that the American public was not misled, that talking points were not changed for political purposes, that no employees were told not to talk, that there was no scandal, none.
Now that they know the truth, conservatives will certainly do the right thing.
Wed, 19 November 2014
It seemed like the perfect crime. So complex, nobody outside the conspiracy could understand it. And, just in case, the entire nation held hostage. Rescue us or everybody's home gets burned to the ground.
But someone has come into our lives who makes it just clear enough. Maybe we can bring a few of the hostage takers to justice after all.
Mon, 17 November 2014
It hardly seems like the sort of move any President would make right after losing the Senate and watching the opposition majority in the House go up even more.
But imagine the result if the President not only directs immigration reform by executive order, but goes farther than anyone thinks will happen.
Suppose, on top of that, the President directs some very tough words at those who criticize his executive order.
Here's a prediction. We will be reading about that precise event as Congress fails to act.
Wed, 12 November 2014
Since ancient times, applying a law retroactively, punishing people for what had been legal before, was considered unfair. So was increasing punishments for crimes that had been committed in the past.
In fact, delegates put protections directly into the Constitution. One said Congress couldn't pass laws like that. The other said individual states couldn't pass laws or punishments retroactively.
But that's what the Governor of Iowa is doing by executive order. And a young woman was prosecuted for trying to vote.
Tue, 11 November 2014
Fox News and the terrorist fist jab was unintentionally funny. The local Minneapolis television station and the secret gang signal became hilarious. The ethic itself is not always so humorous.
Take any accusation, rumor, or suspicion, and present it to a predominantly conservative audience as legitimate speculation. A large proportion of the public is led into a cocoon of comforting delusion.
Is Barack Obama really from Kenya?
Does Obamacare include death panels to decide when the elderly should die?
Is President Obama trying bring Ebola to the United States?
We report, you decide.
Wed, 5 November 2014
In 1993, Prime Minister John Major used his unpopularity in Britain to force opponents to ratify the European Union.
In 1980, Jimmy Carter used his unpopularity in America to force Iran into releasing hostages and paying reparations.
President Obama may have a chance to use his losses in the Senate to force Iran to accept a nuclear agreement Iran does not like and Republicans hate.
Mon, 3 November 2014
I have discovered, through introspection and my relationships with others, that most people have a low tolerance for injustice. When we encounter the unfairness of life, in little ways and great, humankind faces a great divide.
The hatred of injustice causes much of humanity to deny that it exists. Rationalization often involves more than simple inaction. Victims of injustice are sometimes victimized again in calloused attitudes. So we cheer for the giant who beats the little guy into submission.
But much of humanity recognizes the injustice that stares back at us. We know it exists. We know it is wrong. We know that subjecting the little guy to the mercies of the selfish and powerful is evil in motion.
That is why I am a Democrat.
That is why I will be voting today.
That is why I will be asking friends to vote.