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Tea Party Terrorists
Joel S. Hirschhorn - 10/27/2013
By now all conscious people have seen how American Tea Party Republicans, especially those in the House of Representatives and Senate, are widely seen as radical, unreasonable, mad, stupid, extreme, anarchists, delusional and worse. My view is that the best and most useful way to see these people is this: They are political terrorists.
Fighting the Stupid Revolution
Joel S. Hirschhorn - 10/13/2013
Stupid Americans elect stupid politicians. Government hating Americans elect government hating politicians. Mean spirited citizens elect mean spirited politicians.
Highly Respected Conservative Embraces Article V Convention Option
Joel S. Hirschhorn - 8/21/2013
No matter what else he has done, what conservative radio host and author Mark Levin does in his new book The Liberty Amendments has made him a hero for me. For many years I have been writing articles on the wisdom of using something in the US Constitution that I believe offers the only constitutional path to urgently needed reforms of the political system. I also co-founded the national nonpartisan group Friends of the Article V Convention. Mark Levin has become the most notable, highly visible person to also come out loudly, advocating the first time use of the Article V convention option.
Limbaugh Mocks Freedom of Speech
Joel S. Hirschhorn - 6/13/2013
By now most people know that though it is perfectly fine to shout fire in a packed theater if there really is a fire, even constitutionally protected freedom of speech does not allow such behavior if there is no fire.
The IRS Scandal Smoking Gun?
Prof. Peter Morici - 5/22/2013
In the IRS targeting scandal and others, Washington and the media are obsessed with the question: What did the president know and when did he know it? Would you rather know that or the real point: that the Obama presidency is much more damaging to the nation than the mistakes of subordinates now coming to light. Most recently, we learn President Obama met with anti-Tea Party IRS Union President Colleen Kelley just before the tax agency began targeting conservative groups. Is that the smoking gun? Was the president in on the plan to harass opponents of big government?
Democrat Socialists and The Long March through the Institutions
Ellis Washington, J.D. - 5/18/2013
“We can and must write in a language which sows among the masses hate, revulsion, and scorn toward those who disagree with us.”
Freedom of the Press
Ron Coody - 3/29/2013
The Founding Fathers were well acquainted with the power of the free press. Benjamin Franklin, in addition to making extraordinary discoveries about electricity, established himself as an excellent writer, editor and printer at an early age. His newspaper earned him a good living and served as a platform to urge his fellow Americans to seek a free and just society, even if it meant independence from the British. In an age when the printed word was news and opinions, the presses of the American colonies churned out thousands of copies of newspapers, pamphlets and booklets. They brought to l...
45th Anniversary—Dr. Martin Luther King in Grosse Pointe
Stone A. Washington - 3/28/2013
“Every city in our country has this kind of dualism, this schizophrenia, split at so many parts, and so every city ends up being two cities rather than one. There are two Americas.”
The cruel and unusual Eighth Amendment
Ellis Washington, J.D. - 3/6/2013
Capital punishments are the natural offspring of monarchical governments. Kings consider their subjects as their property; no wonder, therefore, they shed their blood with as little emotion as men shed the blood of their sheep or cattle. But even now we see abuses, with a recent case of a murder using hydraulic wrenches in Syria. But can the same happen in the United States?
Arbeit Macht Frei, Reich Macht Frei
Ellis Washington, J.D. - 11/17/2012
Americans are so enamored of equality, they would rather be equal in slavery than unequal in freedom.
The GOP: Retrograde or Reformist? The Republican Party Today and the Romney Campaign
Taylor Dibbert - 11/11/2012
The Republican Party is in a state of disarray and needs to change. Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign, and the extreme positions from which he is now trying to distance himself, provides insights into this situation. It is not surprising that Governor Romney tacked hard to the right during the Republican primary and is now emphasizing a more moderate brand in his latest incarnation of himself.
Lies and Liars Lost
Joel S. Hirschhorn - 11/11/2012
My cynicism about the stupidity of the American public would have increased exponentially if Mitt Romney would have been elected president. In over 50 years of voting and 25 years of working professionally in the world of politics and public policy I had never seen such outrageous and persistent lies, distortions and intellectual insults from a presidential candidate. Please note that I was not an Obama supporter; I proudly voted for the Libertarian candidate.
Why Do They hate Obama?
Rashidul Bari - 11/4/2012
Many followers of Islam and a major political party of the United States have found a common ground—they both hate President Obama.
The Risk of Economic Collapse and the Presidential Elections
Prof. Peter Morici - 11/4/2012
The global economy is teetering on collapse, and the presidential election may well decide whether another Great Depression is avoided.
Why Americans of Mideast Descent Have Shifted to Romney
Walid Phares, Ph.D. - 11/4/2012
When Senator Barack Obama ran for office in 2008, most Americans of Arabic and Middle Eastern origin supported him.
What to Expect if Obama, Romney Win
Prof. Peter Morici - 10/19/2012
The presidential debates have clearly established what Americans may expect from an Obama second term or a Romney Administration.
Economy, Debates Reveal Obama, Biden Haven’t Got What it Takes
Prof. Peter Morici - 10/16/2012
This election should be about the economy—the recovery is too slow and Americans are hurting. The performances of Messrs Obama and Biden in the debates on the campaign trail tell us why.
America's Last Elections?
Ellis Washington, J.D. - 10/12/2012
They’ll train you so good, you’ll start believing what they tell you about equal opportunity and the American way and all that sh-t. – Frank Marshall Davis to Barack Obama, “Dreams from My Father” (1995)
CAMPAIGN SWEEP: Romeny and the GOP
Prof. Peter Morici - 10/12/2012
I. Romney’s Task in the Debates
The debates are Governor Romney’s last chance to turn around his flagging campaign. He must communicate what he has so far failed to convey—his vision to give Americans a better life and qualifications to deal with tough challenges, like the financial meltdown and Arab Spring, that are unforeseeable when presidents are chosen.
Mr. Romney made his fortune in private equity, and to most Americans, the benefits of such activities are much more difficult to grasp than those of a Steve Jobs. In the confusion, President Obama has unfairly painted the Go...
Fire Congress, Vote Out Incumbents
Joel S. Hirschhorn - 10/1/2012
For politicians to do what is right, first citizens must do what is right.
A Look to the US Presidential Debates
Taylor Dibbert - 9/29/2012
For political junkies, US presidential debates can be both exciting and formulaic.
Paul Ryan praises John Locke
Ellis Washington, J.D. - 8/22/2012
Our rights come from Nature and God, not Government.
Preserving Our Exceptional Freedom
Ron Coody - 7/10/2012
In a recent article the humorous and provocative writer Mark Steyn asked pointedly if we live in the time of the twilight of America. Citing the recent power outages on the East Coast after freak storms toppled aging high voltage lines as an example of the deterioration of America's fundamental infrastructure, Steyn makes the point that while the US debt is quickly moving toward 20 trillion dollars, priority items in our country like replacing sagging electric lines with buried cables go undone. Whether it is a bridge that collapses or power lines that snap, without the basic essentials like...
KGB Operation Barack Obama
Mikhail Kryzhanovsky - 4/25/2012
Chapter 1 . Obama is KGB illegal spy.
On August 4, 1961, Barack Obama was born in Honolulu, Hawaii.
You know, if there's something very wrong with someone's birth certificate and if there's an indication that this someone used a birth certificate of a newborn child (Virginia Sunahara) who died at birth or soon after birth, we have to talk about the methods Russian intelligence (SVR, a former KGB) and its illegal espionage department. We have to talk about the illegal spy "documentation process" - using birth certificates to get legal documents in USA - SS#, driver license, pass...
A Winning Strategy for Romney
Prof. Peter Morici - 4/25/2012
With the Republican nomination virtually wrapped up, polls indicate voters are inclined to give Mitt Romney a serious second look.
AMERICAN BRIEFS: GOP, Trade Deficit, Manufacturing, Jobs
Prof. Peter Morici - 4/19/2012
I. The GOP’s Winning Issues and Losing Strategies
The Diabolical Justice Brennan
Ellis Washington, J.D. - 3/30/2012
For the genius of the Constitution rests not in any static meaning it might have had in a world that is dead and gone, but in the adaptability of its great principles to cope with current problems and current needs.
Illinois: Can Santorum Beat Romney in the Mid-West
Prof. Peter Morici - 3/18/2012
In Mississippi and Alabama, Mitt Romney failed miserably to prove he can win in the South, but now Rick Santorum must prove he can win in a big northern state, where the economy, not social issues, trump. Illinois will prove a great test.
John Kennedy CIA Operation
Mikhail Kryzhanovsky - 3/18/2012
CIA prepared the operation long before President John Kennedy has been murdered. On August 5, 1962 CIA agents killed Marilyn Monroe (staged suicide - "acute barbiturate poisoning") who got information on planned JFK assassination and desperately tried to contact him or his brother, Robert Kennedy. It’s much more simple to kill without any traces on or in the body – use a suppository.
Ohio is the Real Test for Romney
Prof. Peter Morici - 3/5/2012
Michigan may have been a must win for Mitt Romney but Ohio is his real test. The state’s demographics are tougher vis-ŕ-vis Rick Santorum, while its economic concerns more directly mirror what the GOP nominee will face in the November campaign.
Losing Constitutional Competition
Joel S. Hirschhorn - 3/5/2012
Among Americans there remains strong pride about the US Constitution, even though there is widespread support for creating reform amendments to it. Globally, however, what should surprise Americans is a significant loss of respect for it. Other nations, especially those creating new democracies, see better constitutions elsewhere. This is not opinion. It is fact. And it is important to understand this historic shift.
President’s Agenda Often Is Religion, Not Reason
Prof. Peter Morici - 2/20/2012
Rick Santorum’s assertion that President Obama’s agenda is not about the quality of life or jobs but “some phony ideal. Some phony theology” may not be an appropriate characterization of his religious views. However, it is an accurate description of what is wrong with the hard left in American politics, and the thinking that drives domestic policy in the Obama Administration.
No Matter Who Wins, Americans Lose
Joel S. Hirschhorn - 2/3/2012
Why am I so sick of all the media attention to the Republican presidential primaries and all the blabbering about President Obama’s advantages and disadvantages for the coming election? I just cannot get excited. My answer may also be yours: No matter who wins, our nation loses.
American Issues: Unemployment, Romney, GOP
Prof. Peter Morici - 2/3/2012
I. Unemployment Falls to 8.3 Percent on Stronger Job Gains
South Carolina’s Verdict: Romney May Be No Better than Obama
Prof. Peter Morici - 1/24/2012
Mitt Romney lost South Carolina by failing to convince voters he has the character and platform to turn the country around.
Romney’s Losing Stand on Immigration
Prof. Peter Morici - 1/20/2012
Mitt Romney’s rigid position on illegal immigration and embrace of Kris Kobach, former law professor and architect of a law to rid Arizona of illegal aliens, may well cost him the fall election even if helps him win the Republican nomination.
Contemplating a Paul Third Party Run
Taylor Dibbert - 1/13/2012
Ron Paul finished a disappointing third in the Iowa Caucuses. He is unlikely to win upcoming primaries in New Hampshire, South Carolina or Florida. He probably will not win February caucuses in Nevada or Maine either.
Romney’s Opportunity in South Carolina
Prof. Peter Morici - 1/11/2012
After a convincing victory in New Hampshire, South Carolina offers Mr. Romney the opportunity to become the presumptive Republican nominee and define the issues for the fall campaign.
Do Not Mute Newt
Joel S. Hirschhorn - 12/23/2011
The trick to maintaining the US delusional democracy is feeding the illusion for citizens that voting and elections really matter. But when both major parties are owned by rich and corporate elites it matters less than most people think whether Republicans or Democrats win and control Congress or the White House. Their seeming differences are a clever distraction that keeps fooling and manipulating Americans. With the help of the mainstream media, making entertainment out of political races, Americans are deceived into thinking that elections deserve their respect and participation.
Gringrich and the ‘X-Factor’: Brace Yourself, It May Soon Be President Newt
Prof. Peter Morici - 12/12/2011
Effective leaders—successful CEOs, presidents and legislators—get tough things done and can effect epic defining change, because they have that “X-factor.” An intangible quality and peculiar charisma—something apart from a trenchant understanding of the issues and technical competence—that motivates people to follow, accept discomforting choices, and overlook shortcomings in their background or character.
On the Reelection of Barack Obama
Taylor Dibbert - 12/5/2011
If Barack Obama is reelected he should consider himself quite lucky.
Comments on American Politics
Prof. Peter Morici - 11/24/2011
I. Super Committee Fails but Obama Campaign Machine Rolls On
Occupy Wall Street Put Nation on Notice
Prof. Peter Morici - 11/21/2011
Occupy Wall Street may be out of Zuccotti Park but Americans ignore its message only at their peril.
Occupy Wall Street and Tea Party, So Much in Common but Worlds Apart
Prof. Peter Morici - 11/2/2011
Occupy Wall Street and the Tea Party is really the same species—movements descended from the same dissatisfactions. However, when it comes to reasoning through causes and solutions—Occupy Wall Street is from Venus and the Tea Party is from Mars.
Alinsky, Obama: Lies, lies, lies
Ellis Washington, J.D. - 11/2/2011
The Alinksy radical has a single principle—to take power from the Haves and give it to the Have-nots. What this amounts to in practice is a political nihilism—a destructive assault on the established order in the name of the “people” (who, in the fashion common to dictators, are designated as such by the revolutionary elite).
Two Paths to Reform: Violence or Convention
Joel S. Hirschhorn - 11/2/2011
By every one of countless measures the US is in a death spiral. Its political system, government and economy are hopelessly broken. No wonder that the vast majority of Americans express severe dissatisfaction with Congress, both major parties, and increasingly with President Obama. And only the wealthy elites have any reason to be positive about corporate powers, Wall Street and the whole banking and finance sector. They not only own the nation, they run it.
Numbers Justify Occupy Movement
Joel S. Hirschhorn - 10/27/2011
Feeling angry about being betrayed by a corrupt government owned by rich and corporate elites has driven the Occupy Wall Street movement. Emphasizing how the top one percent has prospered incredibly while the bottom 99 percent have been screwed royally is supported by countless data. New data show this is a global phenomenon and that even in the worst of economic times the wealthiest make out like the bandits they are, and there are a lot more of them than one percent.
It’s Time for Americans to Put Mitt Romney’s Religion Aside
Prof. Peter Morici - 10/19/2011
Mainstream Mormonism is no cult, and Mitt Romney is more fit to be President for his work in the church.
White Guilt, Black victimhood
Ellis Washington, J.D. - 9/15/2011
I hope he [President Obama] fails.
~ Rush Limbaugh (Inauguration Day, Jan. 2009)
We'll throw you a bone like affirmative action if you'll just let us reduce you to your race so we can take moral authority for 'helping' you.
~ Shelby Steele
Did white guilt + black victimhood = Obama in ‘08? Will white guilt + Black victimhood = Obama in ‘12? When Rush declared on Inauguration Day 2009 regarding the presidency of Barack Obama, “I hope he fails,” the liberals went wild in a fascist mob frenzy, equating Rush’s statement of affirmation essentially as a racist declarat...
Is the USA a Failed State?
Sam Vaknin, Ph.D. - 8/12/2011
Its credit rating downgraded (in August 2011 by Standard and Poor’s), its politicians deadlocked in a bipartisan danse macabre, it middle-class impoverished, its hordes of long-term unemployed a fixture. It has been called a rogue state, a colonialist-imperialist throwback, the puppet of Zionism. But, is the United States of America a failed state?
Joel S. Hirschhorn - 8/12/2011
Everyone who voted for Obama should feel betrayed, ashamed and disgusted. Anyone who still trusts, admires and respects Obama is a fool. Here is my political fantasy: I wake up one day soon and hear the news that President Obama will soon resign. Praise the Lord!
Lie To Me
Joel S. Hirschhorn - 6/15/2011
What is the main lesson from the recent fiascos of former Senator John Edwards and Representative Anthony Weiner? If you follow the news shows you saw a number of video clips where each of them had lied many times about what eventually they confessed to, their stupid, sleazy sexual misconduct. As I watched the videos I was amazed how good their lying behavior was, without any hint of their blatant dishonesty in how they looked or sounded. Of course, I was also reminded how terrific a liar Bill Clinton was when he went on television to lie about his sexual misconduct.
Nixon and RINO Progressivism
Ellis Washington, J.D. - 6/10/2011
Despite the fact that for the past two and a half years America has been run by a president who by every historical comparison and rational critique is a socialist with communist tendencies, yet the pathetic GOP cannot effectively mount a first-tier candidate to seriously challenge this diminutive Marxist professor. Why? Because for 40 years the GOP have used the rhetoric of conservative Ronald Reagan, but the tactics, strategies and policies of RINO (Republican in name only) Richard Nixon.
Indeed, Reagan is lionized by today’s GOP and has been for 30 years since his two...
Thank You Cornel West
Joel S. Hirschhorn - 6/4/2011
The outspoken scholar and Princeton University professor Cornel West has been viciously attacked by many on the political left, especially supporters of President Obama. Why? Because he had the courage to call Obama a “black mascot of Wall Street oligarchs and a black puppet of corporate plutocrats.”
The Return Of Newt Gingrich
Ugochukwu Ejinkeonye - 5/20/2011
Wednesday before last (May 11, 2011), Newt Gingrich, the 58th Speaker of the United States Congress (1995-1999), but who is better known for championing a historic opposition against President Bill Clinton in the 1990s, and, perhaps, also, for leading a team of conservatives to win back the control of the House for his Republican Party in 1994, formally joined the already crowded 2012 Republican presidential primary run. He announced his candidacy via a video message released Wednesday evening.
Why So Many Americans Hate Obama
Joel S. Hirschhorn - 3/11/2011
I can explain why so many Americans are angry about President Obama and dislike or hate him with passion, and why it has little to do with his actions and policies. But first I must examine the confluence of two historical inflection points that explains so much resentment and opposition to Obama.
Wisconsin: Is President Obama Out of Step with History?
Prof. Peter Morici - 2/22/2011
Wisconsin is ground zero in the struggle to restore fiscal sanity to government.
Revolution Handbook for Americans
Joel S. Hirschhorn - 2/20/2011
As recently presented, there is global respect for and use of the classic and brilliant work by Gene Sharp “From Dictatorship to Democracy.” It is credited for empowering many actions around the world to overthrow dictatorships, including recent actions in the Mideast. My thesis is that his ideas, strategies and tactics, a handbook for revolution, can and should be applied to the US where there is a form of corporate dictatorship operating.
Mental Ghettos Weaken the US
Joel S. Hirschhorn - 12/7/2010
So many intelligent Americans believe, say and do stupid things. When a large fraction of the population is like this, a nation rots from the inside and succumbs to external forces. I have always searched for the simplest yet best ways to explain what I see as a multi-decade decline of every aspect of the United States , especially its political system and government. I keep coming back to the inescapable logic that a large fraction of Americans, regardless of their education, economic status and political alignment, must suffer from delusion. This delusion produces denial about hugely important subjects and issues.
Americans Voted Few Incumbent Bums Out
Joel S. Hirschhorn - 11/30/2010
For some years a number of groups have been advocating voting out incumbents in Congress, both the House and the Senate, as a path to reform and improve the US political system. You might have thought that with this year’s incredible widespread public anger with both major parties and the remarkably low confidence level in Congress this anti-incumbency movement would have scored a huge victory. It did not happen.
U.S. Elections and the Middle East: How Many Barack Obamas Do You Need to Change a Light Bulb?
Prof. Barry Rubin - 11/6/2010
What effect will the congressional elections have on U.S. foreign policy generally and Middle East policy in particular?
Congressional Elections and Outlook for the U.S. Economy
Prof. Peter Morici - 10/2/2010
Democrats are pulling up in the polls—though not doing well, they are doing less badly. Prospects for a Republican sweep seem less likely than two weeks ago, and the Republicans have only themselves to blame. The Pledge to America is a rehash of the platform of President George W. Bush—less taxes and government—and does not address the fundamental problems that have left the American growth machine broken.
Why Americans Elect Awful Presidents
Joel S. Hirschhorn - 9/20/2010
For years I muttered mentally to myself about the insanity of Americans electing George W. Bush president. Now I go through the same agony about the craziness of the nation electing Barack Obama president. As much as I thought Bush was a manipulated second-rate politician that carried out the terribly destructive policies pushed by Cheney and other conservative corporate shills, now I feel equally angry that so many voters fell for the slick rhetoric and lies of Obama. Disgust produces public thirst for change and Obama was wickedly brilliant at selling change. When voters are so easily victimized what does democracy amount to?
Why I support Sarah Palin
Ted Belman - 9/20/2010
There is a wave now clearly rising. There is a movement very definable now fully exposing itself to America. The Tea Party now has more successful wins to its credit within a condensed timeframe than any other American political movement can rightfully claim. This movement is alive, palpable, real, not to be ignored and poised to return America to its position as that Shining City Upon the Hill. And one individual is responsible for this momentum.
Tea Party Victory No Surprise
Prof. Peter Morici - 9/18/2010
The Tea Party is winning big, because the U.S. economy is failing. Voters are disgusted with a mess instigated by Washington spoiling Wall Street and kowtowing to China, and leaders of both major parties appear clueless.
Does Either Party Deserve to Win in November?
Prof. Peter Morici - 8/31/2010
Americans may be dissatisfied with the economy but don’t look for Republicans to sweep control of the House and Senate. Voters have good reason to be disenamored with both parties. Democrats have pushed through President Obama’s agenda. More than $800 billion in stimulus spending, health care reform and new financial regulations, yet the economy remains sluggish and Treasury Secretary Geithner tells us unemployment will linger near 10 percent for many months.
Obama and Pelosi’s Reckoning
Prof. Peter Morici - 7/26/2010
For President Obama and Speaker Pelosi, the reckoning is near. In hubris, they imposed a radical liberal agenda on an unwilling centrist electorate. Now, the economic recovery is failing and voters are set to rebuke Democrats in November. From electing Scott Brown in Massachusetts to vociferous dissent at town meetings, Americans made it clear they did not want the Democrats’ health care reforms.
This Year Anti-Incumbency Movement
Joel S. Hirschhorn - 6/28/2010
For some years a number of groups have mounted an anti-incumbency campaign aimed at ridding Congress of the huge majority that keep getting reelected despite miserable performance. This year’s midterm elections provide the ultimate test for all the anti-incumbency sentiment that has bubbled up over many years. This year more than all others there is a huge amount of public discontent with Congress which is solidly supported by the cowardly, partisan actions or inactions that explain why so many Americans are fed up with the two-party controlled political system. Rightfully, many, many Americans see the country on the wrong track.
Sarah Palin is one of a kind
Ted Belman - 3/10/2010
Sarah Palin is a self made woman who marches to her own drummer. Its easy to come down on her for her couple of bad interviews or for her English grammar errors or her former ignorance of international and national politics and …oh, is that all?
The Rise of the Tea Party
David Huntwork - 3/10/2010
In less than a year well over a thousand independent groups have sprung up around the nation to organize and demonstrate against the attempted government takeover of entire industries, high taxes, crippling debt, and the agenda of President Barack Obama. While many have ridiculed and guffawed about the “teabaggers,” these motivated and angry voters have very quickly shown the ability to raise millions of dollars, target specific political races, grab headlines and media exposure, stage large rallies, and mobilize volunteers.
Finding a 'Third Way' to Fix Government
Prof. Peter Morici - 2/25/2010
American government is broken, failing under promises it can’t keep. From Medicare and Medicaid to fixing the environment and potholes, governments face huge deficits. Taxes must go up and services curtailed dramatically, or massive borrowing will create hyper-inflation.
Major Dennis W. Lid - 2/25/2010
It’s all a matter of trust, and, frankly, the people don’t trust you. “You” refers to the government, big business and the media. The lack of trust applies to a huge assortment of entities. It starts with the present federal government administration, including the President and his vast assortment of gurus. It continues with congress and the judiciary, state and local governments. It extends to big business concerns such as the defunct Enron company, some auto and oil industry firms, numerous banks, several Wall Street investment brokerages, behemoths including AIG, and specific claim-dodging insurance companies. The list goes on ad infinitum.
Massachusetts and the Change Americans Want
Prof. Peter Morici - 2/5/2010
Whoever is declared the winner, the outcome of the Massachusetts senatorial election is neither a mandate for President Obama’s liberal agenda nor a license for a return to status quo ante of George Bush.
The Message from Massachusetts
Prof. Peter Morici - 1/22/2010
Scott Brown’s Massachusetts victory serves notice that Americans don’t want big government policies championed by liberal Democrats. It is not a mandate for Republican tax cuts and deregulation. Rather, from health care to the economy, Democrats should stop accusing critics of deceiving the public and ask what voters would embrace.
Obama's Narcissism Made Worse in First Year in Office
Sam Vaknin, Ph.D. - 1/8/2010
Predictably, Barack Obama’s narcissistic behaviours grew worse and more visible during his first year in office. As I noted in a radio interview (an observation later picked up by George F. Will), Obama’s first person “pronoun density” has increased since his inauguration. Properly measured, first person pronoun density reflects the number of times a person substitutes first person pronouns for more appropriate third and other person pronouns. Thus, to say: “My country, right or wrong” is not indicative of a narcissistic self-preoccupation; but the sentence: “The Russians were afraid of me” is...
The Palin Brand
Ted Belman - 12/3/2009
David Frum, not my favourite neocon, recently published What the Tories Have to Teach Us in Commentary Magazine. In it, he notes that the Conservative Party in the UK, after suffering a massive defeat twelve years ago, turned its fortunes around and is now expected to return to power next year.
Intolerance and Arrogance Cost Democrats Virginia and New Jersey
Prof. Peter Morici - 11/17/2009
Last August, I wrote that on marquee issues—health care reform, cap and trade and the recession—the Democrats are unwilling to listen to the legitimate concerns of center-leaning voters and business leaders who made possible their victories in 2008, and arrogance will destroy their grip on power.
Obama's Nobel Prize will Exacerbate His Narcissistic Tendencies
Sam Vaknin, Ph.D. - 10/9/2009
Within a single year, Barrack Obama had been elected to the Presidency of the United States and had won the Nobel Peace Prize. While the merits of the first achievement are debatable, there is a consensus, even among his most ardent supporters, fans, and acolytes that he absolutely does not deserve the second honor.
Interview with Anthony Woods, Congressional Candidate
Jordan Carr - 9/1/2009
Anthony Woods served two tours of duty in Iraq after graduating from West Point. Upon returning he attended Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Openly gay, he received an honorable discharge under the Don’t Ask Don’t Tell Policy. Woods is running as a Democrat in the September 1st special election to fill Ellen Tauscher’s vacated seat in California’s 10th District.
Democrats Are Heading for a Train Wreck
Prof. Peter Morici - 8/20/2009
Intolerance has captured the Democratic Party, and arrogance will destroy its grip on power. On marquee issues—health care, cap and trade, and the recession—Democratic leaders are unwilling to listen to the legitimate concerns of center-leaning voters and business leaders who made possible their victories in 2008.
GOP Shall Not Go Quietly Into The Night
David Huntwork - 4/8/2009
After the schelacking of the Republican party by the Democrats on November 4th many people are asking themselves “what happened” and “what do we do next”. The “what happened” was eight years of a lackluster president who enacted the Surge about two and half years too late, surrendered on the public relations front, and abandoned the conservative principle of small government while joining the Republican controlled Congress in a frenzy of (then) unprecedented deficit spending.
Four Integrity Tests for President Obama
Joel S. Hirschhorn - 3/10/2009
A great smile does not make a truth teller. A talker of change does not define a reformer. Make no mistake, for the good of the nation I want President Obama to succeed in getting us out of the scandalous economic meltdown we are immersed in. But I do not like many of his actions, policies and strategies for accomplishing this, nor does the stock market.
Would the Real Messiah Please Stand Up?
Ron Coody - 3/3/2009
During last year’s boisterous, historical, and sometimes hysterical presidential election, campaigners spared no words to elevate their man or woman. One of the lofty pontifications flowed from the tongue of world famous Louis Farrakhan, leader of the Nation of Islam, and known for his Million Man March on Washington D.C. a few years back. Extolling the virtues of Barak Obama he launched deep into the unexplored frontiers of hyperbole with accolades falling from his lips comparing Obama to the Messiah, the Chief Corner Stone. It sounded good, his listeners loved it, and if Obama ever got wind of it, he certainly never made any attempt to deny the charges.
Do You Recognize Barack Obama in These Texts? - First Series
Sam Vaknin, Ph.D. - 3/2/2009
This is the first in a series of articles examining Obama's psychological makeup in minute detail.
Elizabeth Alexander, Poet of Iron
Prof. Nicholas Stix - 2/24/2009
Ought Congress to pass a law, banning the reading of official state poems at presidential inaugurations? Or should we instead use the ritual as a barometer with which to measure America’s cultural decline?
Trade Deficit in 2008 Significant Cause of Economy's Recession
Prof. Peter Morici - 2/17/2009
The 2008 deficit on international trade in goods and services was $677.1 billion, down from $700.3 billion in 2007 but still 4.7% of GDP. The trade deficit was smaller in 2008 because economic growth and consumer spending began to decline during the second half of 2008.
Letter to an American Patriot
Prof. Nicholas Stix - 2/5/2009
On Monday, I received the following letter from a reader who had seen my inauguration essay, “Should Obama be Sworn in… or Arrested?”.
Obama's Decisive Actions
Ursula Siebert - 1/28/2009
It’s a joy watching the news again, e.g. Obama signing executive orders on environmental issues, making them a priority, reversing George Bush’s policies from day one in office.
Libertarianism: If Not Now, Then When?
Joel S. Hirschhorn - 1/12/2009
With the meltdown of the American economy, what better time to ask: Can libertarianism come to the rescue? Perhaps the most interesting statement in the Wikipedia discussion of libertarianism is that “There is no single theory that can be reliably identified as the libertarian theory, and no single principle or set of principles on which all libertarians would agree.”
Rewriting Bush’s Legacy
Ron Coody - 1/9/2009
Now, at the end of George W. Bush’s presidency, a news commentator remarked it is as though President Obama is inheriting problems equivalent to the Great Depression and the bombing of Pearl Harbor , and of course it is all Bush’s fault. Is this true or exaggeration? It’s true the markets have suffered serious fluctuations and the government has stepped in with major financial bailouts. But when comparing the amounts of money involved taking into consideration the value of the dollar in 1930, plus the level of unemployment that the nation experienced at that time, the current level of unemp...
Ten Rules for the Future: An Obama Suggestive
Leslie J. Sacks - 1/8/2009
1. Cap tax-deductible CEO remuneration at a maximum of 30 times the salary of that public company's lowest paid worker. Thereabove, salaries will not be tax deductible as an operating expense for an employer. In addition, no bonuses (in cash or shares) for top management of a public company will be tax deductible if the company suffered losses by the end of the relevant year.
The 99 Most Memorable, Interesting and Outrageous Political Quotes of 2008
David Huntwork - 1/8/2009
The year 2008 was politically the most exciting and unusual in a generation. It hosted a long, divisive and drama filled campaign season that featured the rapid rise and fall of Rudy Guiliani, Fred Thompson and Mike Huckabee, the unlikely rise of John McCain and Barack Obama, and the eventual bitter defeat of Hillary Clinton. It brought us an unusually long and brutal primary with emotional charges of racism and sexism, the rise of the Superdelegate, and the explosion of Sarah Palin upon the national stage. All of this was followed by a rough and tumble presidential campaign whose outcome may ...
Obama’s “Natural Born” Problem
David Huntwork - 1/8/2009
By now you are probably aware that there have been a multitude of lawsuits filed in regards to the question of whether or not President-elect Barack Obama is in fact eligible under the “natural born” provision of the Constitution of the United States of America to be the President of the United States (POTUS).
Dear President Obama ...
Prof. Barry Rubin - 12/15/2008
Dear President Obama:
They say that you prefer the name Barry and so it pleases me no end that another Barry is finally president of the United States. In addition, I once worked as a community organizer so we have two things in common.
From Pearl Harbor to 9/11 to the Selection of Barack Obama
Prof. Nicholas Stix - 12/9/2008
How did America get from the patriotic nation it was on December 7, 1941, to the nation in moral collapse that it is today, in which a racial socialist, who had once made no secret of his hostility towards her, and has since given many hints of his plans to destroy her, is about to take the oath of office as the nation’s chief executive?
Peace Corps in a Bottom-Up and Troubled Era
Yossef Ben-Meir, PhD - 11/26/2008
Considering the economic and political challenges facing the United States and the world today, and given the lessons learned in foreign assistance since it began after World War II with the Marshall Plan, now is the time that the Peace Corps should amend the role that its volunteers play in international development.
Obama and the Phenomenon of Change
Ronald Elly Wanda - 11/26/2008
I am still trembling from the griping suspense of watching the so called “Bradley” theory demolished by the Obama phenomenon in the concluded US election. Barack Obama, the Democratic presidential candidate on Wednesday 5th November 2008 secured a resounding victory over John McCain- the veteran Republican candidate, overcoming the country’s bitter legacy of slavery and bigotry, matching straight into history books as the country’s first black president.
McCain's 'Hail Mary' Tour
Ryan Mauro - 10/28/2008
As we speak, Senator McCain’s advisors may well be drafting his concession speech. The outlook is dim. Democratic turnout in early voting is huge; most polls show Obama with a five to twelve point lead, aside from the occasional outlier; Obama is pulling away in Colorado and even Virginia; the Republican base is depressed, and the media’s pre-emptive appointing of Obama as the next president may well decrease Republican turnout.
When the Federal Government Fails the People
Joel S. Hirschhorn - 10/22/2008
The hardest thing for Americans to do right now in this presidential election season is to fight distraction and, instead, focus on the failure of all three branches of the federal government. And also to resist the propaganda masquerading as patriotic obligation that voting will fundamentally fix the federal government. The real lesson of American history is that things have turned so ugly that electing a new president and many new members of Congress will at best provide band-aids when what is needed is nothing less than what Thomas Jefferson wisely said our nation would need periodically: a political revolution.
Ten Reasons to Be Concerned about Obama’s Stance on National Security
Ryan Mauro - 10/12/2008
Due to the recent economic crisis and a McCain campaign knocked off kilter, Sen. Barack Obama is becoming more and more the presidential candidate the experts predict to win the election. Such a victory would be unprecedented but not due to his race. It will be unprecedented in that never before has America embraced a candidate with such little experience and ill-defined views. Those views which he does profess represent a naďve break from reality, a poorly thought-out exercise in moral equivalence, and a repetition of policies and philosophies with long debunked credibility.
On Patriotism and Exceptionalism
Ted Belman - 10/12/2008
In the past week, both McCain and Palin have defended patriotism and American exceptionalism both concepts that the Democrats deride. It doesn’t get more basic than that.
McCain’s Five-Step Path to Victory
Ryan Mauro and Nicholas Guariglia - 9/30/2008
With the post-convention bounces fading, the race has tightened and Obama appears to have settled with a slight lead in national polls and in the electoral college. Obama has the potential to substantially increase his projected margin of victory through massive turnout of African-Americans and younger voters. McCain’s pick of Sarah Palin as his running mate has provided his supporters with optimism, and his argument that he’s the “real agent of change” is resonating. However, McCain must further refine his message in order to win the election. There are five steps McCain must immediately take:
Patriotism and Exceptionalism
Ted Belman - 9/30/2008
In the past week, both McCain and Palin have defended patriotism and American exceptionalism both concepts that the Democrats deride. It doesn’t get more basic than that.
Our Republic Raped and Still No Revolution!
Joel S. Hirschhorn - 9/29/2008
Are Americans ready for a revolution? What worse than the current meltdown of the financial sector, the unraveling of our economy, and burdening us and future generations with astounding debt is needed to convince Americans that the two-party plutocracy has sold out ordinary Americans? What we are witnessing is far worse than the taxation without representation that spurred the American Revolution. Taxation with MISrepresentation is a greater evil and shameful sellout of democracy that so many Americans have fought and died for.
Deception and Delusion: Dummies for Democracy
Joel S. Hirschhorn - 9/29/2008
I confess. I believe there is a ruling class that sustains the two-party plutocracy running the nation for the benefit of the rich and corporate class. Their broad strategy is deception and delusion. Tactically, they use government, the mainstream media, the financial services sector, funding of politicians and the two major parties, and many other parts of the culture and economy to maintain their power and control.
Obama’s Dirty Tricks KO Palin, Israel & America
Ted Belman - 9/19/2008
Yesterday we learned that Governor Sarah Palin, the Republican nominee for Vice President of the United States, had been disinvited from the anti-Iran UN rally this coming Monday in New York City that is being sponsored by the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations. Hillary Clinton had agreed to speak at the rally, but abruptly canceled her engagement upon learning that Mrs. Palin would also be participating at the important event, that will coincide with President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s visit to the UN. We are shocked and angered at your decision, Malcolm (Malcolm Hoe...
The Iran Rally Outrage
Bill Levinson - 9/19/2008
We thought it was impossible for the National “Jewish” Democratic Council to sink any lower in terms of depravity and pure opportunism. Its effort to disrupt the Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations’ Rally to Stop Iran to embarrass Vice Presidential Candidate Sarah Palin hardly surprises us, though. In addition, the National “Jewish” Democratic Council misrepresents Hillary Clinton’s reasons for not attending the rally with Palin.
A ‘Community Organizer’ Frame of Mind
Yossef Ben-Meir, PhD - 9/18/2008
The denigration of ‘community organizing’ by Republican vice-presidential nominee Sarah Palin and former New York City mayor Rudolph Giuliani at the Republican Convention could become a setback for their party if the American public came to understand the real lessons of community organizing about how to deal with recent world events.
J.B. Williams, CFP - 9/18/2008
Like many other definitions that have been rewritten by left-wingnuts over time, the term “general welfare” no longer means what it did when it was written in our Constitution and ratified by the colonies in 1789.
Do not underestimate Sarah Palin
Ted Belman - 9/9/2008
Do not think of Sarah Palin as the Governor of Alaska. That obscures what matters. Focus on the qualities that enabled her to achieve such a position.
The McCain-Palin ticket made Hillary Clinton the new kingmaker
G.M. Solaiman - 9/1/2008
With an exceptional speech at Democratic National Convention 2008, Hillary Rodham Clinton proved her class. She ensured all democratic enthusiasts that post primary Hillary is all in for making the dream come true.
Joe Biden: Respectable but Wrong
Ryan Mauro - 8/26/2008
As predicted by the Global Politician, Barack Obama has chosen Senator Joe Biden as his running mate. Obviously, this helps Obama deal with his lack of experience and credibility on foreign policy. Biden knows his stuff and whether you agree with him or not, his knowledge can not be doubted.
Would There Be Change in Obama's Americas Policy?
Laura Carlsen - 8/26/2008
The great debate on how much—or how little—Barack Obama would change our disastrous U.S. foreign policy usually focuses on the Middle East. That makes sense. Nowhere has the price of the Bush national security strategy been higher, as the violent deaths of more than 4,000 U.S. soldiers and 93,000 Iraqis attest.
Beyond Obama's Fairth-Based Initiatives
Yossef Ben-Meir, PhD - 8/26/2008
Recently, Senator Barack Obama announced his plan for the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives if he became president. Although his proposals are in the right direction, other formative measures can be taken to strengthen community and individual empowerment through more assured nonsectarian processes.
Barack Obama - Narcissist or Merely Narcissistic?
Sam Vaknin, Ph.D. - 8/13/2008
Barack Obama appears to be a narcissist. Granted, only a qualified mental health diagnostician (which I am not) can determine whether someone suffers from Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD) and this, following lengthy tests and personal interviews. But, in the absence of access to Barack Obama, one has to rely on his overt performance and on testimonies by his closest, nearest and dearest.
A One-Term, Non-Incumbency Pledge by McCain?
Nicholas M. Guariglia - 8/13/2008
It is hard in American politics for a party to win three consecutive national elections. This is true even when the party is viewed favorably, the incumbent administration is popular, and the general mood of the electorate is optimistic. Al Gore’s loss in 2000 is a case in point. Today, however, conditions for the incumbency are even worse. The Republican Party is viewed unfavorably, President Bush is incredibly unpopular, and most Americans think we are headed in the wrong direction.
Bringing Barack Back Down to Earth: His Support Base Borders On Creepy
Nicholas M. Guariglia - 8/11/2008
There was an episode of HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm –– one of the better shows on television –– where Larry David begrudgingly brings his wife to the beach. “I don’t get it, I don’t understand people’s fascination with the beach,” David wryly says. “Don’t you feel calmer being here, by the ocean?” his wife innocently asks. “I feel aggravated that I don’t know what other people are getting,” David replies in classic Seinfeldian form.
Mr. Obama, Meet Mr. Jihadi
Prof. Barry Rubin - 8/11/2008
Barack Obama says regarding his thoughts after 9/11: "The essence of this tragedy, it seems to me, derives from a fundamental absence of empathy on the part of the attackers: an inability to imagine, or connect with, the humanity and suffering of others. Such a failure of empathy, such numbness to the pain of a child or the desperation of a parent, is not innate; nor, history tells us, is it unique to a particular culture, religion, or ethnicity. It may find expression in a particular brand of violence, and may be channeled by particular demagogues or fanatics. Most often, though, it grows out of a climate of poverty and ignorance, helplessness and despair."
Barack Obama As The Burger King Candidate
Nicholas M. Guariglia - 8/4/2008
Search the annals of American history. Scan through all of the national elections that have occurred since our inception as a nation. Now, try to find a presidential candidate, either successful in getting elected or unsuccessful, who had less experience than a few years in the Senate.
Hope? Change? Yes! Hope Obama Changes!
Prof. Barry Rubin - 8/4/2008
Barack Obama has been to the Middle East. He said he supported Israel and wanted peace. So I guess everything's ok, right? Well, if he's elected president and follows through on these words that'll be just fine.
Why Obama Will be Worse Than Bush
Sam Vaknin, Ph.D. - 7/29/2008
I. Historical Prolegomena
In the last few decades, the electorate of the United States of America has voted into the White House either psychopathic leaders or narcissistic ones. George Bush junior is a prime example of the former, while Bill Clinton of the latter. Barack Obama appears to be a narcissist. Pathological narcissism is a reaction to prolonged abuse and trauma in early childhood or early adolescence. The source of the abuse or trauma is immaterial: the perpetrators could be dysfunctional or absent parents, teachers, other adults, or peers.
Jews can’t vote for Obama and be pro-Israel at the same time
Ted Belman - 7/29/2008
In the poll of Jewish voters (conducted April 1-30), it showed Obama getting 61% of the Jewish vote against John McCain (32%). Yet in the same poll Hillary Clinton beat Obama among Jewish voters 62% - 38%. So obviously Jews are lifelong democrats who will vote for Obama, whom they rejected in the primaries, rather than vote for McCain. Thus, for them, party loyalty is preferable to Israel loyalty.
What Do Americans Know About Obama’s ‘Black Liberation’ Theology?
Nicholas M. Guariglia - 7/7/2008
Several months ago author Christopher Hitchens, on the heels of his magnum opus God is Not Great, wrote an opinion piece suggesting it was not out of line to question former presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s Mormon faith. Besides some of the more peculiar aspects of the Mormon doctrine –– that whole business about Garden of Eden being in Missouri –– there were more pressing matters, Hitchens felt, which required an explanation on behalf of Governor Romney. The primary concern went as follows:
The Barack Obama Thrown-Under-the-Bus Club
Prof. Nicholas Stix - 7/3/2008
As Barack Obama and his supporters have repeatedly made clear, only a “racist” would criticize or fail to support the post-racial, post-political Perfect Master. And yet, His path to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue is already littered with a record number of political “corpses” of His most loyal supporters. If this is “beyond politics,” give me a smoke-filled room, any time!
How Barack Obama won the nomination of the Democratic Party
Reza Hossein Borr - 6/9/2008
Martin Luther King did not accept the decisions that were made for him by others. The history had decided his place in the society but he was not satisfied with that place and therefore, he changed the course of history by changing first himself and his own beliefs. These are the beliefs that make history and a person represents his beliefs when he presents them to a state of affair which is in complete contrast with it. People have never been given a wish without being given the intelligence and resolve for achieving it. For generations people thought: black and white that the state of ma...
Bush Legacy: Vindication or Blunders?
Rashidul Bari - 6/8/2008
Many political pundits started writing books assessing President George Bush success and failures. He is leaving White House in seven months. How much he could do in these time period? Could he fix the damage he made over the past seven years? Could he leave Iraq before he leaves White House? Harry Truman, the 33rd President of the United States, gave a permission to drop Atomic Bombs on Japan—which killed as many as 140,000 people in Hiroshima and 80,000 in Nagasaki. However, Truman still regarded as one of the greatest presidents of United States. Will Bush eventually receive a Truman-like v...
What’s behind the “appeasement” kefluffel?
Ted Belman - 5/21/2008
Democrats outraged by the remarks of President George W. Bush “appeasement” when he said, “America stands with you in breaking up terrorist networks and denying the extremists sanctuary. And America stands with you in firmly opposing Iran’s nuclear weapons ambitions. Permitting the world’s leading sponsor of terror to possess the world’s deadliest weapon would be an unforgivable betrayal of future generations. For the sake of peace, the world must not allow Iran to have a nuclear weapon.”
What Are We Waiting For?
Joel S. Hirschhorn - 5/20/2008
Long before the disastrous George W. Bush administration, I had been waiting for profound, systemic changes in our political system. Perversely, I saw the upside of Bush as motivating more Americans to demand political change. And that happened. But the national yearning for change was co-opted by Ron Paul on the right and Barack Obama on the left while John Edwards with the most authentic populist change message fizzled out early.
Democracy versus the Electoral College
Jennifer L. Jackson - 5/20/2008
Democracy is more than a form of government or a political science concept; democracy is an idea, an ideal, an aspiration. Wars have been waged to spread it, and peace has been sought to protect it. While the United States claims to be the birthparent of democracy, the Electoral College puts the free child up for adoption to the least populous states.
Creating a More Perfect America
Rashidul Bari - 5/20/2008
Speaking in Philadelphia , the place where 221 years ago the Constitutional Convention was held, Sen. Barrack Obama discarded racially emotional remarks made by his former Pastor Rev. Jeremiah Wright. Earlier Rev. Wright claimed that “God Dam America ” is more appropriate sentiment than “God bless America ” and asserted that the September 11 terrorist attack on America —represented the “chickens coming home to roost”. He also accused America as a racist society that dropped nuclear bombs on Japan and helped to oppress Palestinian and South American. Finally he said that America invented AIDS to eliminate blacks from the earth.
Jews Must Choose Between Obama and Israel
Ted Belman - 5/15/2008
In the poll of Jewish voters (conducted April 1-30), it showed Obama getting 61% of the Jewish vote against John McCain (32%). Yet in the same poll Hillary Clinton beat Obama among Jewish voters 62% - 38%. So obviously Jews are lifelong democrats who would vote for Obama, whom they rejected in the primaries, rather than vote for McCain. Thus, for them, party loyalty is preferable to Israel loyalty.
After Hillary, Voting With Conscience and Pride
Joel S. Hirschhorn - 5/11/2008
This general election more than most will test the courage of voters to avoid lesser-evil strategic voting that has propped up our two-party plutocracy. People with intelligence and conscience must resist peer pressure and the temptation to vote against John McCain by voting for Barack Obama.
Why Won’t Whites, Jews, and Catholics Vote for Obama?
Bill Levinson - 5/4/2008
Despite the endorsement of Senator Robert Casey (D-PA), Barack Obama lost the Pennsylvania primary by a 55-45 margin. In Luzerne County PA, a traditional Democratic region whose demographics include factory workers and the descendents of immigrant coal miners (many Catholic), Obama lost by a three to one margin. Why does Barack Obama have so much difficulty in getting white people (and especially Catholics and Jews) to vote for him? Let’s give “Barry” some hints and see his likely conclusion.
Obama has no credibility
Ted Belman - 5/4/2008
Finally, Obama’s Denunciates Rev. Wright. After days of largely ignoring the media blitz his former pastor has waged, Barack Obama reversed course and denounced the Rev. Jeremiah Wright in the strongest and most direct terms yet on Tuesday. It was a decision that may help him reclaim some of the initiative in a tight presidential primary contest, but it is not without risks.
Obama’s Crotch Itch Problem
Joel S. Hirschhorn - 4/30/2008
I finally figured out why Obama so often looks uncomfortable, impatient and annoyed. He never seems to be a regular guy. One who can enjoy his public opportunities at local eateries and indulge himself like a real American enthralled with delicious unhealthy foods. To joyously let loose and just be a happy black guy able to live in a millionaire’s McMansion and have a shot at being president after hardly learning how to be a senator. Why?
Americans will choose whom?
Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury - 4/29/2008
The entire world is closely monitoring the pre-election battle between Democrats and republicans. US media too are busy in either predicting the potential winner or analyzing policies of the candidates. It will be surely difficult at this moment to give a clear anticipation on who will finally enter the White house after the election on November 4. Several international news media are continuing to publish their own predictions or polls on a regular basis. In Bangladesh, the only newspaper, having wide global and local readership, Weekly Blitz [online edition available on www.weeklyblitz.net] ...
Who will be in the White House?
Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury - 4/29/2008
Who will finally win the presidential election in 2008 remains a million dollar question indeed! Although the Republicans are already set with Senator John McCain as the contestant in the Presidential election in 2008, Democrats are yet to finalize their contestant. According to global media reports, Senator Barack Obama and Senator Hillary Clinton are leading neck-to-neck battle in winning the nominations from the Democrats in ultimately getting into the real battle of presidency. But, due to the ongoing battle between Senator Hillary and Barack Obama, there is no doubt that Democrats are ver...
How Hillary Can Knock-Out Obama
Joel S. Hirschhorn - 4/25/2008
Now is the time for Hilary Clinton to take a bold position that in one brilliant, courageous stroke shows the nation that she is more willing to pursue true reforms of the two-party plutocratic political system than Obama is.
Why McCain may win
Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury - 4/25/2008
Undoubtedly any sensible individual will have the right to ask question as to why researchers in Weekly Blitz [who are very closely monitoring the Presidential electoral process in United States] are finally predicting a clean victory of Republican candidate Senator John McCain in the election, which is scheduled to take place on November 4, 2008.
GOP, Dems Out of Ideas
Prof. Peter Morici - 4/23/2008
John McCain has tabled an economic program that won’t rescue the economy from its mess but Senators Clinton and Obama offer little more. McCain advocates tax cuts for parents and corporations and mortgage relief for distressed homeowners, paid for by pairing nondefense, discretionary government spending and higher Medicare premiums for the well off.
The Most Powerful People in America
Joel S. Hirschhorn - 4/17/2008
They are not the rich and superrich, nor the politically powerful running the two-party plutocracy, nor the greedy heads of banking and finance companies, and certainly not the media moguls and bloviating pundits. The most powerful people are US, American consumers that account for over 70 percent of the economy. It is exactly now, when the economy is in the toilet, that consumers hold the maximum power. So why are we the people still deluding ourselves that the path to a better future rests on electing a new president?
McCain Confirms GOP Out of Ideas but So Are the Democrats
Prof. Peter Morici - 4/16/2008
John McCain has tabled an economic program that won’t rescue the economy from its mess but Senators Clinton and Obama offer little more. McCain advocates tax cuts for parents and corporations and mortgage relief for distressed homeowners, paid for by pairing nondefense, discretionary government spending and higher Medicare premiums for the well off.
Democratic Party will endanger the chance of Middle East Peace
Ghazal Omid - 4/14/2008
On April 08, 2008, immediately after General Petraeus and Ambassador Crocker testified before the Senate, Senator Feinstein joined NIAC at a press conference in the Russell Building, as evidenced by the accompanying photo from the NIAC webpage.
Barack Obama married his 'mother'
Ted Belman - 4/11/2008
Spengler points out that Obama’s women reveal his secret
Obama is in bed with the Iraq Study Group
Ted Belman - 4/9/2008
A number of people have written to me to tell me Brzezinski, either is not on Obama’s foreign policy team or is just one member of it. Ever since Brzezinski introduced Obama last summer, Brzezinski has remained in the background for fear of alienating Obama’s Jewish support. It makes little difference because all the others on the team are generally in agreement with his policies.
Is Barack Obama a Muslim wolf in Christian wool?
Reuven Koret - 4/7/2008
The glib handling of criticism of his relationship with the anti-American ("God Damn America!") and anti-Israel ("a dirty word for Negroes") Reverend James Wright may have bought him a little time. But the legacy of dissimulation about his long-concealed identity is about to come crashing down around the ears of Barack Hussein Obama, courtesy of the assembled testimony of his family, friends, classmates and teachers.
Obama favors an unholly alliance between Marxism and Islam
Ted Belman - 4/5/2008
In "Obama’s Muslim connection"I wrote, that Obama’s foreign policy favours accommodation to Islam. Here's more information about the Democrats' likely nominee:
Obama’s 'change' comes through agitating a community, not uniting all communities
Ted Belman - 4/4/2008
Why did Obama not pursue a corporate law practice but instead looked to community work as his life’s work? Why has he identified with agents of radical change, including William Ayers a convicted terrorist, throughout out his adult life. Why did he join a Black Nationalist, Africacentric Church? Why did he write (see Damning Quotes from Obama)
Can Obama be a catalyst for change in the Middle East?
Namjoo Hashemi - 3/30/2008
With the 2008 primaries and caucuses nearing their end the likely presidential nominees are John McCain as the Republican Party representative and a hotly contested battle continues to broom between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton as the representative for the Democratic Party.
Hope We Can Hope In
Nicholas M. Guariglia - 3/28/2008
Like a modern-day Demosthenes, it’s becoming increasingly evident that Senator Obama has embraced the prose of the classic pied-piper, the role of abstract orator. He says everything and nothing all at once, with a kind of eerie religiosity sweeping across his great, mystifying vernacular. Chris Matthews has declared that “(Obama) comes along, and he seems to have the answers. This is the New Testament.” Oprah Winfrey and Maria Shriver swear up and down that Barack is “the truth” –– leaving one only to wonder if he is likewise the way and the light.
Obama’s Muslim connection
Ted Belman - 3/28/2008
What is Barack Obama's Muslim connection? The question has been discussed and subject to a lot of rumors, but recently overshadowed by his membership in Rev. Jeremiah Wright's racist, anti-Semitic and anti-American church. But it remains important to answer this question.
Obama: Saint or Nihilist?
Prof. Nicholas Stix - 3/28/2008
Writing on Barack Obama Wednesday at his blog, Blithe Spirit, my Oak Park, IL journalist friend, Jim Bowman, raises “The Grandmother Issue.”
Liberation Theology in Kenya and the U.S. Elections
David J. Jonsson - 3/25/2008
This is the sixth of a series of articles on The Clash of Ideologies and Leftist/Marxist – Islamist Alliance
We are seeing first hand the role Liberation Theology is playing in the Ideological conflicts in Kenya led by Barack Hussein Obama and the opposition leader, Raila Odinga. In spite of Obama’s and to some extent Hillary Clinton’s objections to involvement in the political situations in foreign countries we are see the fingerprints of Obama in his support of Raila Odinga and the implementation of Shariah law in Kenya.
Eliot Spitzer, David Brooks, and the State of Nature
Prof. Nicholas Stix - 3/24/2008
The article by David Brooks on March 14 in the New York Times, “The Rank-Link Imbalance,” purports to explain the mindset of New York’s fallen ex-governor.
What You Don't Know About Obama Can Hurt The Nation
Ted Belman - 3/23/2008
In Obama’s, a More Perfect Union speech, he said of Pastor Wright,
Naseem Javed - 3/19/2008
The boy wonder of the USA minority blacks, Senator Obama, is being referred to as being a "just do it" brand, and Lady Clinton of the good old Whitehouse days of the sleek Clinton era as a "yes we can" brand. You surely would know what these two slogans being created by the big advertising machines stand for, American people, have become fully entrenched in the ad lingo, bombarded with daily ads, where some of these lines have become catch phrases, while very often, no one recalls their true commercial origin, like "where’s the beef"? With the election frenzy on the way, another wicked way is ...
Obama's Pastor and Politics of Noam Chomsky
Iqbal Latif - 3/19/2008
Sen. Barack Obama's pastor says blacks should not chant "God Bless America" but "God damn America." Obama's Pastor, Rev. Jeremiah Wright, has a record of what even Obama's Campaign aides declare is 'Inflammatory Rhetoric.' My opinion is that Jeremiah Wright is a fervent pastor affronted by the injustices of the system. The rhetoric of the pastor is Politics of Noam Chomsky. Chomsky has stated that his "personal visions are fairly traditional anarchist ones, with origins in libertarian socialism. It is obvious that Obama has found inspiration and motivation in his pastor's rage and therefore he...
Why I wouldn’t vote for Obama
Ted Belman - 3/18/2008
My article Obama will win the nomination but lose the election got a lot of attention and caused quite a stir. It informed about his views on Israel, his church and its connection to SABEEL and Farrakhan, his pastor, his statements in his book and his association with the Palestinian cause and much more.
The Orange Democratic Movement and The National Muslim Leaders Forum
David J. Jonsson - 3/16/2008
This is the fifth of a series of articles on The Clash of Ideologies and Leftist/Marxist – Islamist Alliance.
The change Obama believes in
Ted Belman - 3/13/2008
Obama has taken offense to the mention of his middle name “Hussein” and to the publication of his picture shown in East African garb and has been at pains to say he never was a Muslim, notwithstanding that anyone born of a Muslim father is automatically regarded as Muslim.
Obama: Charisma Isn't Enough
Prof. Barry Rubin - 3/9/2008
The U.S. presidential election is not--at least not supposed to be--like electing a high school class president. Vague promises, glib speeches, and personal popularity shouldn’t be enough to gain victory. This should be especially true this year since so many Americans don’t seem to think they did such a great job of choosing the last time they voted.
Obama will win the nomination but lose the election
Ted Belman - 3/6/2008
Obama will win the nomination but lose the election. The media is now on to him. The arguments of our "smear" campaign are gaining traction and some of the media is running with them. Slowly, but surely Obama, is doing himself in. It is not just the company he keeps, but also what he is now saying.
God Bless Ralph Nader
Joel S. Hirschhorn - 3/6/2008
Because he wants to salvage American democracy and help Americans, Ralph Nader is running for president again. He deserves the support of all Americans that see themselves as progressives, dissidents, independents, and patriots who want to remove the stranglehold of the two-party plutocracy on our political system.
Establishing the Islamic Kingdom of God in Kenya
David J. Jonsson - 3/6/2008
This is the fourth of a series of articles on The Clash of Ideologies and Leftist/Marxist – Islamist Alliance
Are we ready to vote?
Nickolas Hoog - 3/5/2008
With non-proliferation hanging by a thread, tension boiling world wide, U.S. hegemony and soft power at its lowest point in decades, it is difficult to imagine that a single individual carries the solutions to these crises. But, here we are, skeptical and a little demoralized, watching the democratic and republican presidential candidates sweep across the nation, waving flags, shaking hands with farmers, kissing children, promising to pull us from the depths of what many have criticized as the worst administration in American history. The weight of responsibility that every citizen of the Unit...
Ignorance and Realism: A Critique of Mearsheimer-Walt
Ofira Seliktar - 2/28/2008
John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt's assertion that the Israel lobby, acting as an agent of Israel, has turned American foreign policy into a tool of Zionism and hurt the national interest is based on their realist view of international relations mixed with ignorance about the politics of the Middle East. This account either misrepresents or glosses over the complex realities in the region, among them such "non-rational" factors as the power of a messianic Islamist ideology and the existence of radical regimes that require continuous conflict in order to survive.
Presidential gutter debates
Bhuwan Thapaliya - 2/26/2008
Presidential primary debates in the United States of America has spawned media coverage and caught the public’s attention, but the debates however has failed to lived up to its expectation - it has been labeled as monotonous and too personal by the public.
Obama Promotes Anti-Semitism, Racism, Hatred of Israel
Bill Levinson - 2/26/2008
A growing number of bloggers are pointing out Barack Obama’s numerous connections to unsavory individuals and organizations that espouse and promote hatred of Jews, Catholics, white people, Israel, and/or the United States.
Obama's "Hope" is beating Clinton's "Help"
Joel S. Hirschhorn - 2/26/2008
Hope mongering has been working much better than experience mongering. Now, the rest of the story…. As befits American culture, politics is all about slick selling to the masses. Hillary Clinton is selling Day-1 help to victims and sufferers. Barack Obama is selling effervescent hope to yes-we-can dreamers. This media hyped horse race is like a fight between diet Coke and diet Pepsi, artificially sweetened candidates devoid of real nourishment.
Delusional Hope: The Obama Rapture
Joel S. Hirschhorn - 2/22/2008
Never have so many hoped for so much because of rollicking rhetoric and pulsating platitudes. A tsunami of hope has plunged America into electoral euphoria. In its path is the wreckage of critical thinking about what ails the US and what bold, revolutionary actions are needed. Barry Obama has accomplished semantic alchemy, turning justified but grim distrust and outrage with government and politics into hallelujah hope. But most hope never materializes and is a terrible predictor of reality.
The Clash of Ideologies in Africa – Kenya
David J. Jonsson - 2/22/2008
This is the third of a series of articles on The Clash of Ideologies and Leftist/Marxist – Islamist Alliance.
The Trinity United Church of Christ and Louis Farrakhan
David J. Jonsson - 2/21/2008
This is the second of a series of articles on The Clash of Ideologies and Leftist/Marxist – Islamist Alliance.
A Lament for John Edwards
Amir Khan, Ph.D. candidate - 2/21/2008
If ambition is the original sin for any politician, then John Edwards’ exit from the political arena is some form of poetic justice. No one embodied vanity better than Edwards. His White House bid was a transparent attempt to capture yet another trophy for his rather formidable display case, one which currently houses wares attesting to a rather remarkable career as a civil litigator.
Barack Hussein Obama’s Contribution to the Clash of Ideologies
David J. Jonsson - 2/20/2008
This is the first of a series of articles on The Clash of Ideologies and Leftist/Marxist – Islamist Alliance
Are White Men an Elections Albatross?
Prof. Nicholas Stix - 2/19/2008
In Frank Rich’s New York Times column yesterday (you know, the same one he’s rehashed hundreds of times before, with slight edits), he speaks of the “demographic monotony: all white and nearly all male” of Sen. John McCain’s (Media-AZ) victory “posse” (“The Grand Old White Party Confronts Obama,” February 17, 2008).
Obama Hopes Beating Clinton Will Help
Joel S. Hirschhorn - 2/18/2008
Hope mongering has been working much better than experience mongering. Now, the rest of the story….
Challenges for the New President
Prof. Peter Morici - 2/13/2008
Voters are focusing too much on personalities and not enough on issues. This is unfortunate. Americans need a president to address tough problems and implement solutions.
Decision 2008: Will America pick a President of Peace or War?
Ghazal Omid - 2/5/2008
The process of picking a President has become so lengthy most Americans wait until Super Tuesday to choose who to vote for. Sort of like the Friday after Christmas when everything is on sale and you take what is left. Smart shoppers know that just because there is a line up for something or someone, that doesn’t means it is worth buying or voting for!
Presidents and Populist Platitudes
Nicholas M. Guariglia - 2/4/2008
The most annoying poll taken during election cycles is without a doubt the much-sought “likeability” poll. “Who would you rather have a BBQ with?” “Who would you like to go to a baseball game with?” “If lost, who would you most like to ask for directions?” It is a stale test, one that should be done away with, and one in which the lowest common denominator of an executive is trumpeted as something other than it should be. The intangibles of personal attractiveness and likeability ought not to be a desire our nominee choices pander for, but rather a byproduct of their genuine character.
The Evolution of Evil
Joel S. Hirschhorn - 2/4/2008
Perhaps a global political apocalypse has already arrived. Activists and dissidents should understand that evil forces and tyrannical governments have evolved. Just as human knowledge and science expand, so do the strategies and instruments used by rulers, elites and plutocrats. By learning from history and using new technology they have smarter tools of tyranny. The best ones prevent uprisings, revolutions and political reforms. Rather than violently destroy rebellious movements, they let them survive as marginalized and ineffective efforts that divert and sap the energy of nonconformist and rebellious thinkers. Real revolution remains an energy-draining dream, as evil forces thrive.
False Gods Create False Hope
Joel S. Hirschhorn - 1/30/2008
The good news is the huge pent up public demand for political change. The bad news is that presidential candidates have made a mockery of the concept of change while ignoring true political reforms. Missing are details about fixing the corrupt, dysfunctional political system and restoring balance among the three branches of government and between the states and the federal government.
Democrats’ Chickens Come Home to Roost: Black Fairy Tale, White Nightmare?
Prof. Nicholas Stix - 1/29/2008
The following passage was added by AOL to Black Leaders Question Clinton Remarks, New York Times on Jan 12, 2008:
McCain Reinforces Role As Frontrunner; Still Can't Win The Conservative Vote
Ryan Mauro - 1/22/2008
The Republican race may not be as anti-climactic as some anticipated. The majority of pundits on TV predicted a Huckabee victory due to the large evangelical base, but McCain managed to come through. The winner of the South Carolina primary for the past few decades has always become the Republican nominee. With momentum on his side, and polls putting him ahead of Giuliani on the east and west coasts, it seems very likely that McCain will be the Republican nominee. The amazing dynamic at play is that should be become the Republican nominee, it will not be with the blessing of conservatives. In ...
Five-Way for the GOP Nomination: The Race Just Became Even More Unpredictable
Ryan Mauro - 1/18/2008
Mitt Romney’s comfortable victory in Michigan keeps him in the race, and may very well provide him with a bounce due to the low expectations for his campaign after New Hampshire. Commentators will argue over whether Romney won because of high Republican turnout, relatively low Independent turnout, or perhaps, the orders from the Daily Kos for Democrats to vote for him. If the pundits and rival campaigns can point out how McCain has only performed so well in contests where independents can vote, and loses among conservative Republicans, McCain may be derailed in South Carolina.
The GOP Primaries: New Hampshire, Michigan, & Beyond
Prof. Nicholas Stix - 1/18/2008
And the winner of the first two Republican primaries is … Big Media! Well, whaddya expect? As the sayings go, “The media make their own history, but not on their own terms,” and “Journalists write the first drafts of historians’ lies.”
The New Hampshire Surprise: Edwards Makes Clinton the Front-Runner
Ryan Mauro - 1/10/2008
Wow. All the polls were wrong. All the experts were wrong. Every analysis and projection for the future has to be re-worked. No major poll or expert indicated a comfortable Clinton victory, and there was almost unanimous consent that just the opposite would happen, with some predicting an Obama landslide due to Iowa’s momentum and independents. In easily the most stunning political turn-around of this election year, Clinton won brought out droves of female voters, particularly single female voters, that surpassed the tremendous advantages Obama had going in.
New Candidate Ratings Before New Hampshire Vote: Huckabee and Obama Remain Favorites
Ryan Mauro - 1/8/2008
In my last report, I argued that Mike Huckabee and Barack Obama were the frontrunners for their party’s nominations. Yesterday’s results in Iowa solidify their positions for the moment among the media and pundits. With New Hampshire coming up on January 6th, it is important to note this could change. The few polls that have results from the day after the Iowa caucuses puts Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama as tied or have Clinton winning by a few points, and most seem to indicate McCain is leading Romney in New Hampshire. By the time our next report is published after New Hampshire votes, there...
Bush's Last Year: The Best Is Yet To Come?
Prof. Barry Rubin - 1/8/2008
What should President George W. Bush, currently visiting the Middle East, expect to achieve during his last year in office, even as the American people begin to choose his successor?
Change Yes, Ron Paul No
Joel S. Hirschhorn - 1/8/2008
Ron Paul’s obnoxious supporters like more traditional political activists can spin and delude themselves about election results. But the Iowa caucus results could not be clearer: The vast national desire for political change is manifesting itself through support for both Democratic and Republican change-candidates. Despite Paul being flush with money and having a large number of workers in Iowa, he was solidly rejected as the leading change agent.
The 2008 Campaign: New Candidate Rankings
Ryan Mauro - 12/18/2007
The following are the latest rankings of the candidates for U.S. Presidency in 2008.
Huckabee, Obama the New Frontrunners…For Now
Ryan Mauro - 12/17/2007
It is hard to remember a time when the presidential race was this wide open. First, it was a Giuliani-McCain race, then a Giuliani-Romney race, with Clinton as the frontrunner by a long-shot. Then Fred Thompson entered the mix, and quickly deflated. Enter Mike Huckabee, arguably less conservative than Thompson but a far better messenger of a conservative message. In today’s 30-second sound byte world, the messenger matters more than the credibility of the message. The race, as a result, has done a complete turnaround with two new frontrunners who for so long lagged behind in national polls: Senator Barack Obama and Governor Mike Huckabee.
Obama versus Clinton versus Plutocracy
Joel S. Hirschhorn - 12/14/2007
Here comes another inconvenient truth. Despite all the attention to Oprah for Obama and the pundit blabbering about the Democratic primary horse race the outcome has been predetermined. What people do not want to know is that power elites control what the Democratic ticket will be. When the primaries end the winner will be the reigning plutocracy.
President Ron Paul - Could He Really Win?
Ronald Holland - 12/7/2007
What if at noon on January 20, 2009 Ron Paul is sworn in as the 44th President of the United States? First, how could Ron Paul actually win the GOP nomination? Second, could he beat Hillary Clinton and win the Presidency? Finally, what could a Ron Paul Administration accomplish with the powerful special interests allied against him and his agenda controlling the leadership of the Republican and Democrat parties?
Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. Disappoints
Joel S. Hirschhorn - 12/7/2007
RFK, Jr. has disappointed millions of liberals, progressives and environmentalists by endorsing Hillary Clinton. Once he said, “the Republicans are 95 percent corrupt and the Democrats are 75 percent corrupt.” This has been widely quoted because of its honest assessment of the corrupt two-party system. He has also pointed out: "While communism is the control of business by government, fascism is the control of government by business. …The biggest threat to American democracy is corporate power. …our most visionary political leaders have warned the American public against the domination of g...
First Woman, First Black, First Latino, or First Honest President?
Joel S. Hirschhorn - 11/22/2007
The phrase honest politician has become an oxymoron. We should not be impressed by the prospect of having the first woman, first black or first Latino president. What would be far more radical would be to have the first honest president, if not ever, certainly in a very long time.
Primary Colors - Coloring Political Movements
Prof. Nicholas Stix - 11/19/2007
You may be politically colorblind, and not even know it. We provide therapy. While “a rose is a rose is a rose,” it is not necessarily the case that “red is red is red.”
Sane Bush Hatred
Joel S. Hirschhorn - 11/16/2007
The Wall Street Journal gave the top half of its opinion page yesterday to a long essay by Peter Berkowitz titled “The Insanity of Bush Hatred.” If anything, it deserves a gold medal for political propaganda – make that political lies. What caught my attention immediately was the frequent use of the word “progressive” to describe the people Berkowitz was attacking. It was used ten times. In other words, progressives were attacked for hating Bush.
America's Grand Delusion
Joel S. Hirschhorn - 11/15/2007
With an endless, futile and costly Iraq war, a stinking economy and most Americans seeing the country on the wrong track, the greatest national group delusion is that electing Democrats in 2008 is what the country needs. Keith Olbermann was praised when he called the Bush presidency a criminal conspiracy. That missed the larger truth. The whole two-party political system is a criminal conspiracy hiding behind illusion induced delusion.
Democrats make it a virtual secession from the Union this time
Mike Spaniola - 10/7/2007
Shortly after the fledgling Republican Party’s Abraham Lincoln defeated Democrat John C. Breckinridge in the presidential election of 1860, Democrats made it official: they would secede from the Union. Today, Democrats have effected a similar, though virtual, secession from the Union.
Reasons to Impeach President George W. Bush
Gina-Marie Cheeseman - 9/27/2007
President George W. Bush has committed offenses which are injuries to the American society, and especially to American democracy, the system of government our Founding Fathers created. Among the Presidentâ€™s offenses are the â€śinitiation and continuation of the Iraq war,â€ť the authorization of warrantless wiretapping, and authorizing the use of torture on detainees.
Barack Obama’s Silly Month: From Jane Fonda to Dr. Strangelove
Nicholas M. Guariglia - 8/27/2007
By the time President Reagan met his Soviet counterpart, he had already been eleven months into his second-term. Mikhail Gorbachev was the new Russian premier, and the first to hold talks with Reagan (the three previous Soviet leaders all passed away within the span of a few years). Washington and Moscow negotiated the conditions of the summit, set to take place in November 1985, for months. Anticipation for the conference was building since at least that May.
The Role of Politicians
Sam Vaknin, Ph.D. - 8/3/2007
It is a common error to assume that the politician's role is to create jobs, encourage economic activity, enhance the welfare and well-being of his subjects, preserve the territorial integrity of his country, and fulfill a host of other functions.
Is E-Voting the Next Wonder of the World?
Naseem Javed - 7/27/2007
With over 90 million e-votes, the global populace just reconfirmed the new Seven Wonders of the World and also introduced a new global E-Vote democracy. Two things: Firstly, untraceable e-votes can easily dominate the media and public perception, suggesting that even modern structures can sometimes replace the ancient wonders of the world. Second, the abundance of new global issues on the horizon makes the e-voting process a highly attractive method to suppress public opinion by camouflaging it with massive untraceable pulsating loads.
Why Giuliani is still the frontrunner
Ross Kaminsky - 7/2/2007
I am enthusiastic about both Fred Thompson and Rudy Guiliani. I believe one of them will be the nominee. There is a lot of excitement about Thompson and he is polling exceptionally well for someone who hasn't spent a dime on advertising or even officially entered the race. I am a big fan of Thompson's recent writing at TownHall.com and speeches in which he emphasizes first principles such as federalism and limited government.
More Idiocy By Both Parties In Congress
Ross Kaminsky - 6/16/2007
Although most of the legislative attention in the news is on the war funding bill about to be vetoed by President Bush, back in their offices and conference rooms our elected representatives are hard at work trying to curtail our liberty in every facet of our lives, leaving me to wonder why anybody other than union members (or other societal sponges) and the religious right would vote for any of these people.
GOP Debate: Did Ron Paul Crown Guiliani Our Next President?
Ryan Mauro - 5/21/2007
Today, I'll be offering my thoughts on the Republican debate on Fox News tonight. First thoughts: My hat is off to the moderators, who posed very good questions to the candidates. It was truly interesting to see all the candidates operate under pressure.
The GOP debate: Missing Fred Thompson
Ross Kaminsky - 5/10/2007
Most people following politics already read a lot about last night's GOP debate, so I'll try to keep my comments short here, with maybe just a few words about the candidates. First, the front-runners:
The Bush Legacy and the 17 Greatest American Presidents
Prof. Randy Salzman - 4/10/2007
The naming of 17 presidents in the Atlantic Monthly’s Top 100 Americans of all time may slow condemnations of George W. Bush’s legacy. He’s doing what virtually all of them have done. Atlantic names Abraham Lincoln as number one but Abe, let’s not forget, presided over the bloodiest war in American history in the name of spreading freedom yet suspended civil liberties of citizens he disagreed with. A minority president, Lincoln was so hated he sneaked into Washington for his inauguration.
Was Rationality Banned From American Politics?
Prof. Randy Salzman - 4/9/2007
Before American lawmakers took to finding cash in their freezers and homosexual dreams in their pages, a 1990 survey found that only 12 percent of governmental votes used rational analysis as a key factor. Not “the” key factor, but “a” key factor. Yet since then, political irrationality has reached for new heights.
Can Bush Dig Himself Out of a Hole?
Bhuwan Thapaliya - 11/7/2006
George W. Bush was swept into power for a second term promising that things could "only get better" in the fight against the terrorism. But looking back now, who can deny that they have not gotten better. Two years on, America is a different place and Americans are beginning to doubt both the moral basis of the Bush administration's fight against terrorism and its corporate invasion of Iraq.
President Bush and the Great Republican Shellacking
Prof. Peter Morici - 10/24/2006
On Election Day, voters will take Republicans to the woodshed, and they can thank George Bush. At some point, politicians have to deliver on their promise—not their shallow campaign promises—and deliver a government that reflects the aspirations of their supporters. For years, Republicans have boasted they can do a better job of defending American shores, managing the national economy, and shielding our civilization from the liberal social agenda embraced by the likes of John Kerry and Nancy Pelosi.
What the American Right must do to keep this Presidency from imploding
Charles Lewis - 5/30/2006
It finally has reached the saturation point, that critical mass where one would think that to just about anyone with eyes to see or ears to hear it is clear that Bush did lie about WMDs - he lied when he said we found none, lied to protect his bosses in the One World movement - at the UN and elsewhere. Ask David Gaubatz, John Shaw, Richard Miniter, and others whose proof was suppressed by this "Surrogate Democrat" administration.
Book Review - "Day of Deceit" by Robert Stinnett
Prof. Randy Salzman - 4/8/2006
Recent commentary on presidential lying - Clinton's perjury and Bush's WMD - plus current readings on American public policy combine to indicate that the American system may have evolved to where, to promote any long-term outcome, our leaders may be forced to bend truth. The key to most policy, according to The World of the Policy Analyst, is not rational, non-political policy analysis. Rational analysis is cited by only about 12 percent of federal policy makers as a key to their votes. Stronger factors, in an era of the 24-hour TV news cycle and non-stop blogging, seems to be how policy can b...
Bush Administration: Honor And Integrity?
Chris Edelson, Esq. - 11/15/2005
George W. Bush was elected president by Americans who were offended by Bill Clinton’s sexual escapades in the Oval Office, and by Clinton’s inability to tell the truth about exactly what he did with Monica Lewinsky. Bush promised to restore “honor and integrity” to the White House, and told voters he looked forward to putting his hand on the Bible for the oath of office, drawing a vivid contrast with the image of Clinton lying under oath.
War, Capitalism and the New Left's New Realist Imperative
Angelique van Engelen - 10/31/2005
A long time ago the notion took hold over the peoples occupying this earth that safeguarding your territory meant attacking your enemies and making sure you held some kind of dominion over your immediate environment. It appeared to be a notion that has held considerable sway over mankind ever since. Until today, war is engrained in our stories, our consciousness and living day culture. "Is not peace an element of civil corruption and war a purification, a liberation, an enormous hope?", wrote a jubilant Thomas Mann at the onset of the first World War. The words had an expiry date that certainl...
Will The Pirro Campaign Hurt Hillary's Presidential Campaign?
Ross Kaminsky - 8/12/2005
When my friend Christoper said that Jeanine Pirro's candidacy for the Senate seat held by Hillary Clinton could mean serious trouble for the incumbent, I was skeptical. But now I'm coming around to his view, for one reason - Pirro will put serious pressure on Hillary to commit to serving a full term in the Senate, meaning that she (Hillary) will then have to break that promise if she runs for the Presidency in 2008. For those of us who shudder at the thought of another Clinton presidency, the prospect of putting Hillary in that box brings a smile to our faces.
Polling: You get what you pay for
Ross Kaminsky - 5/12/2005
While watching "Meet the Press" on Sunday, I was surprised to see the results of a Marist University poll which asked 352 Republicans or Republican-leaning voters "If the 2008 Republican presidential primary were held today, whom would you support…?"
Fourth Law (of Robotics)
Sam Vaknin, Ph.D. - 4/27/2005
The movie "I, Robot" is a muddled affair. It relies on shoddy pseudo-science and a general sense of unease that artificial (non-carbon based) intelligent life forms seem to provoke in us. But it goes no deeper than a comic book treatment of the important themes that it broaches. I, Robot is just another - and relatively inferior - entry is a long line of far better movies, such as "Blade Runner" and "Artificial Intelligence".
Conservative Watergate Operative and Liberal Journalist: Evil Ain't What It Used To Be
Christopher Key - 3/21/2005
The year was 1971. I was a young journalist on the East Coast. Still bitter from my experiences in Vietnam, I was out for revenge against the government that had sent me there. Egil 'Bud' Krogh was only a few years older than I. He was White House Deputy for Domestic Affairs. Another young man, Daniel Ellsberg, had written a government critique of the Vietnam War that eventually became known as The Pentagon Papers. He leaked it to the New York Times without permission. This act outraged the Nixon administration and Krogh was appointed to head up a group called the Special Investigations U...