Taking on the Great God of Exceptionalism

American Exceptionalism

Time was when the U.S. was really truly exceptional in many areas — in the 1950’s and 1960’s  —- after the rest of the world’s manufacturing was destroyed in World War II. But in those years, there wasn’t much talk of American Exceptionalism. It was so obvious, especially in the economic sphere, when the U.S. accounted for 50 percent of the World’s GDP. But, America was also clearly superior to the rest of the world in terms of education, civil liberties, social mobility, science, health care, and a host of other areas. And most importantly, the ideas — our ideas,  that were at the formation of the American Revolution: liberty, equality, free trade, the rights of the governed, etc — … Continue reading

Pols, Celebs Push For Further Drug Reform

Even as high officials within the Obama administration reportedly weigh action against two states which legalized use of marijuana, a number of other politicians and celebrities — including a former president — are pushing for wider international reform of drug laws. Former president Jimmy Carter signed onto a declaration to “Governments and Parliaments” to begin re-examining the existing stringent criminalization of drug use worldwide. Carter was joined as a signatory by a number of current and former global presidents, including those from Mexico, Columbia, Guatemala, Poland and elsewhere. George Schultz, a secretary of state for President Ronald Reagan, also lent his support, as did Hollywood stars such as musicians Sting and Yoko Ono and director Bernardo Bertolucci — as well as … Continue reading

Dog Whistles and Lies – Another Day on the Campaign Trail with Mitt

But recognize that the second that one rightly concludes the “race card” is being played, the Righties will go into Greco-Roman wrestling mode and scream that they’re not racists and anybody who says that they are is a racist, and why is it always that when they criticize Obama they get accused of racism, because, actually, they’d hate his ever-lovin’ guts even IF he wasn’t black, born in Kenya and not legally qualified to be President, and besides he’s the worst and most divisive president in American history, and you can always count on LIBERALS (invariably spoken with the “N-word” inflection of a Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan) to “play the race card” while they’re pushing forward their socialist, communist agenda, ad infinitum, ad nauseum. Continue reading

Secret ‘Tea Party’ Money Slushing in Wisconsin

A Sacramento California political consulting/media circus company running a completely opaque astroturf operation in a Wisconsin recall battle? A group noted for having completely commercialized the “Tea Party” brand asking for money to make commercials? Continue reading

Don’t Think of an Elephant

When Upton Sinclair wrote that seminal muckraking novel The Jungle, published in 1906, he later reflected on its national impact thusly:

“I aimed at the public’s heart, and by accident I hit it in the stomach.” Continue reading

A Streetcar Named Reform

The Supreme Court has (predictably) expanded police powers broadly, ruling broadly in a case involving strip searches and jail visits, to expand all police’s rights to strip searches (including cavity searches) of anyone for just about any violation — including, as Justice Breyer notes in his dissent, a traffic offense:… Continue reading

The Me Generation, or Generation Text?

Look: when the Republicans of Iowa can’t even count their own votes in their own private caucuses, having made it a national showpiece and with plenty of advance warning, I have NO expectation of normalcy or sanity in the aftermath of that Continue reading

We Hates Them Meeses To Pieces

The “liberty cap” in the center of the Nicaraguan coat of arms comes from the American Revolution, which inspired countries all over the world to adopt the now-forgotten symbol of American Independence. Continue reading