Joseph McCarthy

What is populism? Do any populists really exist?

What is populism?  Do any populists really exist?

In the American political lexicon, few words are as prevalent — or as confusing — as “populism.” Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) gets described as a populist because she wants to curb the power of corporations and increase Social Security benefits. So does Senator Ted Cruz (R-Tex.), who thinks small businesses are crippled by “an explosion […]

Right-winger Ted Cruz: Another Joe McCarthy?

Right-winger Ted Cruz: Another Joe McCarthy?

First-term Republican Senator Ted Cruz of Texas on Tuesday staunchly defended his aggressive, in-your-face style that already is raising eyebrows in Washington and has led a Senate Democrat to suggest his tactics reminded her of McCarthyism. “Washington has a long tradition of trying to hurl insults to silence those who they don’t like what they’re […]

Campaign 2012: Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn

Campaign 2012: Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn

With two weeks to go until Americans select a meaningless President for another four years of hyperbole, hopelessness and hypocrisy, it should occur to the mindless masses out there that it really doesn’t matter who wins. It also doesn’t matter which political party controls Congress. The problems that plague American cannot — and will not […]

Right wing rewrites history in real time

Right wing rewrites history in real time

The rabid right wants to rewrite history and in states like Texas they are already doing so. Conservatives in the Lone Star state want the state school board to rewrite teaching guidelines and force schools to downplay the role that Thomas Jefferson played in American history while praising right-wingers like Phyllis Schlafly and challenging the […]