The Fear/Hate Merchants

  TV pundits and opposing politicians are “outraged” over Donald Trump’s “failure” to correct a questioner who called President Obama a Muslim foreigner and said Islamic terrorists are building training camps in America. What the questioner wanted to know was how Trump would rid America of the Islamic training camps. Trump said he’d heard about such […]
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Where the Right Get their “Facts”

With newspapers vanishing, Americans are increasingly dependent on the Internet for information. And this leaves democracy in danger. I have long favored some system to validate journalists in the way accountants are certified. I wouldn’t go so far as to bar the unqualified from “reporting.” However flawed, freedom of the press is essential to democratic government. But I […]
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The Relentless Right is Pulling out all the Stops

This is the Big One – the winner-take-all, no-holds-barred fight to the finish. The conservatives are betting the farm on this year’s presidential election, and they don’t care what they have to do to win – or what anyone thinks of their tactics. One major strategy is demonizing President Obama. They lie, of course.  The […]
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“Democracy” is on the Brink of Failing America

In a misinformed, disinformed, divided nation, “democracy” seems pitiably inadequate. Folks around here – almost all of them – blame President Obama for the economy’s troubles and they give him no credit for his foreign policy successes. And the national polls reflect the injustice being done to the president’s record. Much of the blame for […]
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Media Blackout Muffles “Liberal” Protests

Back in the Sixties and Seventies, before wealthy conservatives launched a massive crusade to reshape political thought in post-Vietnam America, the ongoing Wall Street protests would have been all over the news. Not today. Today, you will read and hear ad nauseam  about the “controversial” fate of convicted cop killer Troy Davis and the release […]
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New Generation Offers a Glimmer of Hope for a World in Crisis

My daughter Grace recently emailed me an article that sent chills down my spine. Pointing out a long list of economic and political similarities, a writer named Robert Freeman argued that the United States could fall prey to the same kind of horror as Germany did back in the early nineteen hundreds. I am sure […]
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