Tuesday February 09, 2016
August 20th, 2015
Who will save the Republican Party from the destructive and vulgar force of Donald Trump? Several of his rivals for the 2016 presidential nomination have stepped forward, but no common voice has emerged that might effectively purge the party of its current plague.
When Barack Obama won the 2008 presidential election, the GOP’s battle cry from that race also prevailed. Remember “drill, baby, drill”?
Public education used to be, you know, public — an essential societal investment for the betterment of all, paid for by all through school taxes.
The farther the left and right wings in politics move toward opposite extremes, an old saying goes, the more they resemble each other. You can see this vigorously at work these days in the Republican campaign of billionaire Donald Trump and the Democratic campaign of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.
What does it take for this nation to place some simple regulations on gun control? No, no, no, I am not saying take all guns away. I am just saying that certain guns are not needed under any conditions and certain people should not ever have guns. Much of the world has managed with a few simple controls. We can too.
For five days, the royal-blue bus rumbled through miles of cornfields alongside a popular annual bicycle trek across Iowa. It showed up at a country music concert in Cherokee and at a bacon festival in Ottumwa.
William McGurn, a former speechwriter for President George W. Bush, hailed an unlikely new conservative hero this week: Sen. Charles Schumer, who opposed the Iranian nuclear deal. The New York Democrat, McGurn wrote, has a chance to become the new Henry "Scoop" Jackson, the principled and influential Cold War Democratic hawk who died in 1983.
There's a very important new movement out there with a very important message. It's called "Black Lives Matter." It started a little over a year ago in Ferguson, Missouri, with the killing of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown by a white police officer. It's grown since with the deaths of Walter Scott in North Charleston, Tamir Rice in Cleveland, Samuel DuBose in Cincinnati, Christian Taylor in Arlington, Texas, and others whose names we've never heard of.
China is ruled by a party that calls itself Communist, but its economic reality is one of rapacious crony capitalism. And everyone has been assuming that the nation’s leaders are in on the joke, that they know better than to take their occasional socialist rhetoric seriously.
The new consensus that something is wrong with American criminal justice is welcome. The amazing number of people in prison-- a measure on which, adjusting for population, no other nation comes close -- is indeed a sign that the U.S. system is broken. It's good that the will to fix it seems to be growing.
Yet dwelling too much on that one statistic is unwise. There's a danger of missing the point.