“Fear was a big part of it”

Listen to what we are being told: Fear those who cross our country's border from Mexico - the are rapists and murderers and drug lords. Fear those who cross our country's border from Mexico - the are rapists and murderers and drug lords. Fear those who cross our country's border from Mexico - they are rapists and murderers and drug lords. Fear those who run from brutality and death in Syria - they are terrorists who hate our freedom.

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Reward and Punishment: SCOTUS Nominations

I'm still troubled by the idea of rewarding - and thus encouraging - the behavior of the GOP Senate in 2016 re: the nomination of Merrick Garland. While two wrongs don't make a right, rewarding a wrong encourages more of the same. There have to be consequences to misbehavior, especially intentional misbehavior such as the 2016 GOP... Continue Reading →

Ending the Imperial Presidency

We are living through the end of the "Imperial Presidency", with the accompanying restoration of the Congress as the center of power in federal government. So the stage is set for a dominating Congress to tower over a much-diminished White House in a way that we haven't seen in 75 years or more. And that shift may be long-lasting. I expect the "Imperial Presidency" to be a concept shuffled off to history, replaced by a presidency marked by weakness at home and abroad.

Words, Not Just Tone, Matter

In the "heated argument" between Kellyanne Conway and Jennifer Palmieri at Harvard last week, the press attention focused on the seemingly angry tones between these two. The audio reflects that tone, both speakers (and others) talking over the others in incomplete sentences, neither side making a coherent argument. What should have been an instructive and... Continue Reading →

Trump Transition: You’ve Been Punk’d!

All of this "interviewing" - the candidate walk through the lobby of the tower with TV cameras rolling and pundits shouting questions - all of it is staged to accomplish a goal. And that goal has nothing to do with filling his staff/cabinet positions. No - Trump is punking these people, and of course punking the press and his opponents (Democrats, et al) at the same time.

Follow The Leader

In our party-driven political system, there are two ways for a party and its "leader" (i.e., presidential nominee) to work together -- the people can follow the leader, or the leader can follow the people. In the 2016 presidential election, the two major parties are following opposite models. Clearly, the Republican party -- both its... Continue Reading →

Whispering Against the Shouters

[submitted as a comment in the NYTimes in response to other comments on Paul Krugman's op-ed column "Imaginary Health Care Horrors", March 30, 2015.] In a comment in the New York Times, "Frank" wrote: The trouble is that Democrats are not there defending [the Affordable Care Act]. They have bought into the myth that people don't like it... Continue Reading →

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