Tuesday September 01, 2015
June 19th, 2015
Between now and the 2016 election, we need to have a searching national debate over family values.
It will not be about whether we as a country are for them. We are. What's required is a grounded and candid discussion about what those words actually mean.
One thing we've learned in the years since the financial crisis is that seriously bad ideas - by which I mean bad ideas that appeal to the prejudices of Very Serious People - have remarkable staying power. No matter how much contrary evidence comes in, no matter how often and how badly predictions based on those ideas are proved wrong, the bad ideas just keep coming back. And they retain the power to warp policy.
It takes a big ego to run for president. How else could you keep a straight face while telling everybody: "I'm the best person in the entire country to be the next president of the United States?"
While we all know that language evolves, who would have thought that the word "liberal" would become a pejorative? It has almost become a fiat for anyone objecting to some proposal to call supporters "Liberals" in an unmistaken tone of disdain.
The federal government owns large chunks of the West. It owns 65 percent of Utah, 69 percent of Alaska and 83 percent of Nevada. Some Westerners see unfairness in that. They should not.
We’re supposed to be the “land of the free.” But believe it or not, the United States is actually the most incarcerated country on the planet.
It’s true: While the United States has just 5 percent of the world’s population, it houses 25 percent of the world’s prison population. That’s more than any other country, even including Russia, China, and Iran.
He's unmarried. An avowed bachelor. If he won the White House, he'd have no spouse at his side.
But Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., thinks there's an option. It includes his sister, maybe some female friends.
"We'll have a rotating first lady," he told London's Daily Mail this week.
All presidential candidates tout their works, and few works are more revealing than the condition of the states that this election's crop of Republican hopefuls serve, or recently served, as governors. Of these GOP govs and ex-govs, surely no one intends to get more mileage out of his state's standing than Texas's Rick Perry.
Let’s now praise a threesome of odd bedfellows: a Democratic ex-senator, an exiled American citizen, and a current Republican senator.
I don’t think they’ve ever met, yet their separate efforts over 14 years have now guided our ship of state away from some perilous authoritarian straits.
A few of my African friends have adopted a slogan: “not about us without us.” They use it to protest international decisions about their continent that are developed without any input from African people.
It’s a wonderful phrase. I think it applies to a few recent events in our country as well.