No Conservatives Today

Real conservatives are not necessarily bad people. They are not the blight progressives might think they are. Indeed, they can even be useful sometimes. Isn’t it a shame they’ve gone the way of the dodo bird? Real conservatives want to conserve. They value tradition. They quite reasonably ask if a system is working, why fix it? […]
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Name Calling Doesn’t Help

  I’m being called a “left-wing nut” and a “Communist” by readers who don’t agree with some of my blogs. But I am neither. I wouldn’t want to live in a Communist country. I think Communism is inhumane and misguided. And I may be a “nut,” but my politics, while certainly progressive, are far from […]
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Those Tricky Labels

  Is Bernie Sanders really a “Democratic Socialist”? Is Donald Trump “conservative”? Is Barack Obama truly “black”? The debates go on and on. But what is a Democratic Socialist? Or a conservative? Or a black human being? Obviously, the labels mean different things to different people. To me, a Socialist – democratic or otherwise – […]
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You Can Come Out Now, Liberals

It might still be a little risky, but America’s liberals are safer showing their faces today than they’ve been in decades. I know this may seem strange to non-Americans, but over the past half century or so, the liberal label has become a badge of dishonor in the USA. Republican candidates have routinely used the label to discredit […]
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Now We Know; Conservatives Have Weird Brains

I often suggest to my conservative friends that they should have their heads examined. And at last, someone has done just that – examined conservatives’ brains. And -surprise – it turns out their brains are, well, different. According to a report by Christopher R. Walker in today’s Salon.com: A  study to be published next year […]
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The Other USA: Shockingly Primitive and Unaware

You will hear that America is the world’s greatest democracy, that Americans enjoy an advanced culture, that they are generous and evolved – rightful leaders of the free world. And it’s all arguably true. But the vexing paradox is that America is also home to some spiritually ugly people. I am not talking about the […]
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This Could Be the End of America’s Two-Party System

The general elections of 2008 may mark the end of the two-party system in America. In this election campaign we were exposed to only two presidential candidates, Barack Obama and John McCain. The other eight candidates got virtually no air time or press. I don’t consider that fair, but it’s just the way things are. […]
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On Energy, We See Through a Glass Darkly But Must Forge Ahead

The more I read about America’s energy future the more confused I get. I know: I am easily confused. Give me simple problems with simple answers and I can manage. Try to teach me advanced math and you are wasting your time. But I bet even the brightest bulbs in the chandelier flicker when confronted […]
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If McCain Chooses Cantor, I’ll Know He Has Sold Out to Neocons

So “maverick” John McCain is leaning toward Eric Cantor as his running mate, is he? Hmmmmm. I don’t want to bore you with another tirade against neocons, and I certainly don’t want to say anything that might sound remotely anti-Semitic (I’m already being lectured about this by my wife). But I am deeply troubled by […]
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How the Media Deceive Us, and What They Hope to Gain

If there ever was a time when the public received unbiased information from a “free press,” that time is long gone. As a former (occasional) political reporter, I can tell you every word you read or hear about politics is “spin.” Your only hope of obtaining relatively untainted information is to watch C-Span and make […]
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