Was John McCain an ‘honorable man?’


Was John McCain an ‘honorable man?’ “The evil that men do lives after them. The good is oft’ interred with their bones.” That line in William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, from Marc Antony’s “Friends, Romans, countrymen…” eulogy of the slain leader, is the bard’s take on how we hold different perspectives in our judgement of people… Continue reading Was John McCain an ‘honorable man?’

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D.C.’s vulnerability tactic – a cry for help?


"I think it comes as no surprise not [only] to the American people, but even [to] members of Congress themselves, that right now things are pretty dysfunctional up on Capitol Hill." - President Barack Obama, Tuesday, April 30, 2013, during a White House press conference It's very hard to tell, but it seems that the… Continue reading D.C.’s vulnerability tactic – a cry for help?

Republicans shameless attacks based on sham principles


It's probably a holdover from war propaganda technique. Dehumanize your enemy; make them less sympathetic. For Republicans, that requires inventing an artificial social standard for which they can create consensus, something they ironically call the "real America," a militaristic, political force of religious, cultural warriors who fight for all they choose to define as good… Continue reading Republicans shameless attacks based on sham principles

Saxby Chambliss’ red scare


Remember when the "red scare" was the fear of Communism creeping across the globe, where right wing politicians warned us that a commie could be hiding behind any tree, on the street where you live? There's a new red scare on the carefully media manicured political landscape, and again, it is coming from the extremists… Continue reading Saxby Chambliss’ red scare

For Obama, it’s really always been about unity


If there was ever a question about which commitment President Barack Obama has made in his life that will live beyond his presidency, it is his stubborn belief that a united America, without the distraction of division, can and will accomplish great things. Regardless of whether he is able to reach effective but difficult compromises… Continue reading For Obama, it’s really always been about unity

Filibuster castrates majority rule, violates Constitution


"It's not a rule of debate. It's a rule of silence, a rule of censorship." - Emmet J. Bondurant, lead attorney in the lawsuit against the United States Senate, calling the filibuster rules unconstitutional Sometimes it seems like the filibuster holds up every bill, motion and nomination that comes to the floor of the U.S.… Continue reading Filibuster castrates majority rule, violates Constitution

Legislative surreal-ities; what the GOP resists, persists


Compromise - it's the word that Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) eschewed as a synonym for "sell out," when he spoke to CBS' Leslie Stahl on 60 Minutes, one year ago, before he took the gavel from Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), in January. It should come as no surprise, then, that the third most… Continue reading Legislative surreal-ities; what the GOP resists, persists