Category: Politics

The Big Lie

My late father, who left us before the phrase “credit default swap” ever passed the lips of a lower Manhattan swindler, believed that United States Treasury Bonds, or T-Bills, were the safest investment on the planet. “When the Federal Government can’t cover their own bonds, don’t worry about your lost interest. Start stockpiling,” he counseled,...

In Celebration of American Independence from the British Crown

July 4th, 2011, marks 235 years since our stumbling experiment in democracy threw off the shackles of colonialism and inaugurated a new way of organizing society. The founders of this country refused to pay treasure (or respect) to a British Monarchy that afforded them no parliamentary representation, no say in how their taxes were spent....

Remind Me Again

Pretend I just woke from a dream in which the United States of America was a land built on liberty and justice for all. My mind is still addled, full of silly egalatarian notions. I don’t get how stuff really works. So help me. Remind me again why… Remind me again why it’s legal in...

Corruption

Our dwindling reserve of human kindness and compassion, diluted and poisoned by nearly constant assault from the corroding force of cruelty, still becomes inflamed by the fuel of outrage when we receive reports of foul play, endemic unfairness, and rank injustice motivated by the eternal and constant tug of noxious human greed. We blanch at...

Standing Together, Singing

This week twenty-five years ago, in 1986, Filipinos ousted the dictator Ferdinand Marcos with a non-violent massive protest on Manila’s main highway, EDSA. The movement was known as “People Power,” an apt description of the force that overthrew a tyrant. It wasn’t bombs or kidnappings or guerilla warfare that toppled the criminals in charge. The...

Our President’s Version of American Values

Dear President Bush?, It’s 2011. You’re still in office? You’ve done a lot of bad stuff during your tenure, which is why a small majority of Americans are willing to vote for someone from the Other party, the one that is all socialist and everything. But no matter how much you disgrace science and encourage...

Transparency

Julian Assange says WikiLeaks is meant to promote it. The Obama Administration refused to demand it of the Egyptian regime. And John Boehner doesn’t think the American public wants it, at least not if it involves C-SPAN cameras in the House Chambers. Transparency is the word (and concept) presently on everyone’s mind. How demoralizing to...

The U.S. Constitution Fetish

Tea Party “originalists,” John Boehner, Sarah Palin, and a large percentage of Americans who want less government and more “freedom,” profess an undying fealty to the Constitution of the United States of America. From its 4,400 words (written and agreed upon by the richest elites of the new Republic) stems the philosophical underpinnings of their...

County Accountability

As far as nasty and unfair-to-the-minority generalizations go, the assertion that “all politicians are venal, corrupt power addicts” is a pretty safe one. Because almost everyone, including the politicians, know that it has some basis in fact. Indeed, an entire oxymoronic political movement, the Tea Party, has been built recently around the simplistic assumption that...

On Wisconsin: On, Wisconsin!

Having grown up in the Badger state, I feel well qualified to write sniggeringly about the place. I was there. I know what I’m talkin’ about, all right? It’s a great state beside a Great Lake, populated by generally nice folks. It also has more taverns per square mile than just about anywhere, including Bavaria....