Wed, 21 January 2015
There was a time, not that long ago, when the primary conservative smear was that opponents possessed no patriotism.
Now a Republican Congress routinely votes to deny American combat troops ammunition and supplies.
Legislative leaders threaten to close down American security from terrorism.
The idea of pride in America seemed to fade when the image of the nation came to include President Obama.
Mon, 19 January 2015
In every campaign in his political life, Mitt Romney has run on his resume.
In 2016, he will run on philosophical substance.
Mitt Romney can become President Romney. But he needs one more ingredient, the toughest campaign objective to achieve.
Wed, 14 January 2015
At Strom Thurmond's 100th birthday, Trent Lott gallantly suggested that his old friend would have made a good President. Strom had run for President on a racist platform half a century before.
Conservatives were enraged. They screamed for the scalp of Trent Lott until he was forced to step down as Republican leader in the Senate.
Now Steve Scalise holds a Republican leadership position in the House of Representatives. He participated in a gathering of white supremacists. When the State of Louisiana apologized for the days of slavery, he voted against the apology.
The Party of Lincoln was once ... well ... the Party of Lincoln.
Tue, 13 January 2015
In the days after 9/11, President George W. Bush led Americans away from religious hatred.
For many, it didn't last.
The terrorist attacks in Paris provoked a renewed rage in America against those who follow Islam.
But in France, Muslims were welcomed in a march for unity. Two Muslims were honored for heroism during the attacks.
Wed, 7 January 2015
Over dinner, Arthur Laffer showed off his napkin to Republican leaders.
It became the ultimate free lunch. Cutting taxes would generate more income for government to use on behalf of all of us for bridges, police, natural disasters, and soldiers.
Four decades later, Kansas was the perfect state laboratory in a great experiment that would prove once and for all that Supply Side economics works.
Laffer's napkin had come a long way. Then the economic house tumbled down in Topeka.
Tue, 6 January 2015
In many ways, 2010 was the precursor to 2014. Sharron Angle was the poster child for Republican extremism.
Hidden in the laughter on mainstream news shows was an unexamined self regard, an arrogance that helped add to public resentment.
It was not the main reason mainstream candidates lost that year, and four years later.
But it was a reason.
Fri, 2 January 2015
Cannibalism was seen as the ultimate depravity, too horrible to contemplate. But when the story of the Donner Party became known, most survivors were treated with compassionate sympathy. The circumstances seemed to justify the unthinkable.
There is a lesson that applies to the debate on torture.
It may be an unexpected lesson.