Thu, 4 December 2014
Sometimes important lessons from world developments; conflict with Russia, deadly battles with the self-styled Islamic State, the medical threat from Ebola; become clear only in later months or years.
But Republicans have taught us one unifying lesson from all of these issues. That lesson hasn't taken long at all.
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, 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, 27 October 2014
Republicans held a public meeting in California this week where they gathered absentee ballots to deliver to election offices.
A Republican held a private confrontation in Arizona with an Hispanic volunteer who was delivering a group of absentee ballots.
Guess which event has sparked conservatives around the country to a white hot fury.
The two events illustrate the expanded new conservative definition of voter fraud.
Tue, 14 October 2014
As buildings smoldered and the dead were counted, policy makers knew who was behind it. The idea that a comic book villain in a cave on the other side of the world could have directed such destruction was hopelessly naive. Osama bin Laden could wait. They had to go after the one who sponsored him, who had to have sponsored him.
Saddam Hussein had to pay.
What they possessed in confidence, they lacked in evidence. They knew what they knew, but they couldn't prove it. America had to attack Iraq's dictatorship, but America had to be convinced. The convincing was done with manufactured evidence. They lied because they would not be able to convince us of what they knew was the truth.
It never crossed their minds that they were wrong.
Now a candidate for the United States Senate has revealed evidence that the deception was not a deception at all.
Joni Ernst (R-IA) has revealed new intelligence, unknown to ordinary citizens.
You have got to hear it.
Wed, 8 October 2014
My conservative friend was, as usual, blunt.
"Mr. Deming, do you find President Obama to be a man of his word who governs with integrity and without misdirection and outright lies?"
It seemed a shame to avoid such a direct question from such a good friend. So I invited him for a quiet stroll through the record.
Sun, 21 September 2014
The Georgia state unemployment rate has jumped way up to 8.1 percent. That's according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in a routine list published on September 19, 2014. That's the highest unemployment rate in the nation. It's higher than Mississippi, which had been the state with the highest rate until they got bumped by Georgia.
Governor Nathan Deal hates being blamed for the highest unemployment in the nation. He suggests an alternate explanation. Maybe there is a conspiracy by the folks who put together unemplyment statistics.
It's hard to say just what conspiracy Governor Deal has in mind. He's only pointing out "some influence here that we don't know about." He seems a little indignant about it.
Except, uh-oh, his conspiracy theory was undermined by his own administration.
Thu, 11 September 2014
Voting restrictions are needed to prevent voter fraud, that's all. That's how conservatives justify the new voting changes. But election stealing always happens in backrooms, away from voters. Ballot stuffing, changing total, are what will work for dishonest politicians. Fraud by voters involves too many people. It's too easy to get caught. The penalties are harsh. And it doesn't work. The backroom stuff is what works.
But conservatives keep insisting they just want to prevent fraud. Keeping large numbers of legitimate voters from voting is just the sad price that must be paid. It certainly isn't the reason for making voting harder. That's what they say... except when they slip up and say in public what they are really trying to do.
For example, this case in Georgia...