Racism and hatred of government go hand and hand

Racism and hatred of government go hand and hand

Conservatives would like us to believe that hatred of government and racism are totally separate phenomena. That one has nothing to do with the other. They’re wrong. Resentment of the federal government and racism have gone hand-in-hand in the United States for 200 years. In the 19th century, Democrats were the anti-government party. That was […]

Hillary Clinton: The past or the future?

Hillary Clinton:  The past or the future?

Want to know the latest meme in U.S. politics? Here it is: Hillary Clinton is a candidate of the past. It’s been spreading through the political press. Now Republicans are beginning to echo it. “Elections are almost always about the future,” says the Washington Post, “and Clinton is, for better and worse, a candidate of […]

Yes Virginia, America is shifting to the left

Yes Virginia, America is shifting to the left

With each new poll, it’s becoming clear that the United States is shifting to the left. A majority of Americans now supports same-sex marriage.  And legalization of marijuana.  And normalization of relations with Cuba. Gallup reports that, in 2013, the percentage of Americans identifying themselves as liberals reached its highest level since 1992. True, it’s […]

In the end, Republicans helped unite Democrats

In the end, Republicans helped unite Democrats

Back in 1901, Finley Peter Dunne’s character Mr. Dooley said, “The Dimmycratic Party ain’t on speakin’ terms with itsilf.” Is that happening again now? You might think so, given the talk about a populist revolt on the left. But Democrats are in fact remarkably united on most issues. They agree on everything from increasing the […]

Yes, Chris Christie crossed the line

Yes, Chris Christie crossed the line

Back in the 1970s, a Jewish organization commissioned a poll to investigate anti-Semitism in the United States. The poll included several open-ended questions. One asked, “Is there anything in particular you like about Jewish people?” The answers were recorded verbatim. One respondent — a worker from Pittsburgh — answered, “What I like about them is […]