Tag: Republicans

Biden’s Myth of Bipartisanship Takes a Hit

Biden’s Myth of Bipartisanship Takes a Hit

In January, Joe Biden assumed the leadership of a nation in disarray. On Donald Trump’s watch, the US had struggled for nearly a year to come to terms with a pandemic that disrupted not just the economy, but people’s lives and relationships. Last summer, an unprecedented protest movement...

The Next Surge of Trumpism

The Next Surge of Trumpism

I went to a birthday party recently. The celebrants greeted each other with hugs on the patio. After an outdoor barbeque dinner, we stood shoulder to shoulder around the island in the kitchen, eating cake from small paper plates. We sang “Happy Birthday.” Ordinarily, an event like that...

Radical Republicans Are Not Conservatives

Radical Republicans Are Not Conservatives

The House Freedom Caucus is routinely described as conservative, by its members, by the mainstream media and by Wikipedia. The caucus, which draws together 45 Republican Party members of the House of Representatives, is the furthest to the right of any major political formation in...

Obstructing Governance as a Substitute for Public Policy

Obstructing Governance as a Substitute for Public Policy

It is hard to figure out why it seems so difficult to be a white guy in today’s America, even though I am a white guy and should be able to figure it out. The problem seems to be that there are just too many people in America who are not white guys, or even white guys and gals combined. Whenever...

The Fringe Feeds a Familiar Narrative

The Fringe Feeds a Familiar Narrative

Finally, it has come to pass in the land of the free and the home of the brave that the cancerous core of America’s Republican Party is in full metastasis, spreading its poisonous tentacles far into the body politic. There is so little substantive pushback from Republican Party “leadership”...

The Stirring Case of Mary Elizabeth Taylor

The Stirring Case of Mary Elizabeth Taylor

Although the assistant secretary of state for legislative affairs, Mary Elizabeth Taylor, was not a high-profile member of the Trump administration, her resignation last week gathered the attention of the media due to the reasons she cited. It was all about what one of the rare black remaining...

The Limits of Western “Creativity” Facing China

The Limits of Western “Creativity” Facing China

The disastrous numbers produced by the coronavirus crisis in the US have generated a second pandemic, one that will predictably last for just the next six months: the virus of electoral rhetoric focused on blaming an overseas enemy. Whereas the Democrats, clinging to their Cold War nostalgia,...

Republican Lawmakers Are Taking China to Court

Republican Lawmakers Are Taking China to Court

In more halcyon days, back in 1964, at a time when most popular music in America was still about idealized romantic love, radio stations across the US broadcast the sonorous voice of Dean Martin intoning the lyrics of a song composed 20 years earlier: “You're nobody till somebody loves you, So...

Romney Breaks Ranks, Drawing Insults from Trump

Romney Breaks Ranks, Drawing Insults from Trump

Republican Senator Mitt Romney, a presidential candidate in 2012, has dared to defy the discipline of his party by criticizing US President Donald Trump’s actions and evident intentions revealed in his phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. Trump solicited Ukraine’s help in...

Centrist Democrats Fear a Showdown on Impeachment

Centrist Democrats Fear a Showdown on Impeachment

As the Democrats cheer themselves on for their noble combat against US President Donald Trump and appear to believe, unanimously, that their sacred mission consists of nothing other than removing him from office and restoring the natural order of a system that works best when presidents don’t...

America Is Awash in a Sea of Hypocrisy

America Is Awash in a Sea of Hypocrisy

Cradled in the midst of all that is wrong with Trump and his silent and venal Republican accomplices is more hypocrisy than one article could ever capture. But I am going to try. To hit the ground running, racism is a good place to start.  I haven’t found anyone who claims to be both a...

Two Conceptions of Time Separate Democrats and Republicans

Two Conceptions of Time Separate Democrats and Republicans

Everyone in the US knows “time is money,” but depending on whom you vote for, time past is worth more than time future, or vice versa. The Daily Devil's Dictionary reports. In a spat with US Vice President Mike Pence, former Attorney General Eric Holder tweeted: “'Make America great...

The Kleptophobia at the Core of Republican Rhetoric

The Kleptophobia at the Core of Republican Rhetoric

The one thing to take away from the Republicans’ CPAC is the fear of Democrats taking away the keys to their identity. The Daily Devil’s Dictionary explains. At the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), former White House aide Sebastian Gorka, reminding his audience of the horror...

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