A Spectacle of Power: Why Conservatives Love Torture

It was perhaps inevitable that the Trump administration would move to adopt torture as policy. The love of power drives the use of torture. It is not too strong to use the word “love” to describe the attitude of conservative regimes to torture. Torture is all about the abuse of … Continue reading

Lakoff’s Lightning Bolt: WE are the Moral Majority

Cognitive linguist George Lakoff was right in highlighting the importance of language in political discourse. His 1996 groundbreaking book, Moral Politics, rings as true today as it did in the swirl surrounding Bill Clinton’s scandals twenty years ago. Language matters. Lakoff, in a nutshell, drew distinctions between how Conservatives and … Continue reading

The Phoniness of Republican Moderation

Three days into the new administration, here is all you need to know about whether Republicans will indeed stand up to Donald Trump: The Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted 11-10 along party lines to recommend Rex Tillerson’s confirmation as secretary of state. The 11 included Marco Rubio, the former and … Continue reading

A Cabinet Made for Rich Anglos

  By Walter Brasch   Donald Trump, the billionaire real estate investor who began his run for the presidency and was one of the clowns who campaigned on promises that couldn’t be kept and fear that enveloped his core base, is now President Trump. Hillary Clinton accumulated about three million … Continue reading

The Times Tries Our Souls

For those who suffer from the delusion that Donald Trump is unusual among Republicans in his disregard for the truth, The New York Times did a public service to all Americans Sunday morning. As part of its Sunday Review, it published a commentary on the Obama administration by a Republican. … Continue reading