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Ron Powell commented on Ted Frier's blog post Trump Has Contempt for Basic Premise of American Democracy
""...the transformation of the Republican Party from a national governing institution into a vehicle devoted almost exclusively to the protection of wealth at the top and the preservation of white Christian cultural and political dominance…"
May 17
koshersalaami commented on Ted Frier's blog post Trump Has Contempt for Basic Premise of American Democracy
"True, but the stuff about Trump we knew already. And in terms of impartiality, we saw that that was pretty much dead since the beginning of the Obama administration, though the Supreme Court first showed it was dead in late 2000. Mitch McConnell…"
May 16
Birdinhand commented on Ted Frier's blog post Trump Has Contempt for Basic Premise of American Democracy
"I think more applicable from H.L Mencken: “For every difficult and complicated question, there is an answer that is simple, easily understood, and wrong.” That in a nutshell is what I think has happened. The election was…"
May 16
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JMac1949 Today commented on Ted Frier's blog post Trump Has Contempt for Basic Premise of American Democracy
"And then there's H. L. Mencken's POV:"
May 16
Terry McKenna commented on Ted Frier's blog post Trump Has Contempt for Basic Premise of American Democracy
"For those of us who counted as Republican moderates, there is no Republican Party anymore.  Yet the Dems, while they may get our votes, don't get our affection.  "
May 16
koshersalaami commented on Ted Frier's blog post The Founding Fathers Were Afraid of Donald Trump Too
"Disinterested means having no Vested interest. One who can be impartial because one doesn't stand to gain from either outcome."
Jan 13
Terry McKenna commented on Ted Frier's blog post The Founding Fathers Were Afraid of Donald Trump Too
"I agree with much.  But the split today seems partly the consequence of a separate matter - urban vs non urban.  And much of the non urban (includes suburban voters in densely populated state) voters are clearly misinformed - with the…"
Jan 12
JMac1949 Today commented on Ted Frier's blog post The Founding Fathers Were Afraid of Donald Trump Too
"The political battles among the Founding Fathers particularly Jefferson, Hamilton and Adams were legendary.  The fierce federal elections of the 19th Century make 2016 look like children squabbling on a playground.  To their credit the…"
Jan 12
Ted Frier commented on Ted Frier's blog post The Founding Fathers Were Afraid of Donald Trump Too
"Disinterested is a great old word that's fallen out of use or become confused with a lack of interest as Kosher notes, but it is central to the idea that self-government begins with the governing of self and limitations on those self-centered…"
Jan 12
Ron Powell commented on Ted Frier's blog post The Founding Fathers Were Afraid of Donald Trump Too
"Well stated , and as Koshersalaami suggests understanding the definitionsof the terminologies used within the context of the period in which the terms are used is critical to a productive discussion .  Hence the disinterested" individual…"
Jan 11
koshersalaami commented on Ted Frier's blog post The Founding Fathers Were Afraid of Donald Trump Too
"But before we start that discussion, people have to learn what "disinterested" means. You're actually using it correctly. Most people use  T instead of "uninterested," which it doesn't mean at all. "
Jan 11
that angry buddha guy commented on Ted Frier's blog post The Founding Fathers Were Afraid of Donald Trump Too
"there have been few amongst the many, that have truly held at heart the interests of the country as a whole rather that that of personal gain. today we see many examples of such which appears to be the extreme of what most have received as this…"
Jan 11
Ted Frier commented on Ted Frier's blog post The Woman Who Taught Me How to Write
"Good advice JMac!  "
Jan 6
JMac1949 Today commented on Ted Frier's blog post The Woman Who Taught Me How to Write
"Just watch out for those grammatically correct compound complex sentences that run over one hundred words.  Your candidates will run out of breath and the voters might think they're putting on airs.  Lose the syllogisms and stick to…"
Jan 6

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Ted Frier is an author and former political reporter turned speechwriter who at one time served as communications director for the Massachusetts Republican Party, helping Bill Weld become the first Bay State Republican in a generation to be elected Governor. He was Chief Speechwriter for Republican Governor Paul Cellucci and Lt. Governor Jane Swift. Ted is also the author of the hardly-read 1992 history "Time for a Change: The Return of the Republican Party in Massachusetts." So, why the current hostility to the Republican Party and what passes for conservatism today? The Republican Party was once a national governing party that looked out for the interests of the nation as a whole. Now it is the wholly-owned subsidiary of self interest. Conservatism once sought national unity to promote social peace and harmony. Now conservatism has devolved into a right wing mutation that uses divide and conquer tactics to promote the solidarity of certain social sub-groups united against the larger society while preserving the privileges of a few.
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Trump Has Contempt for Basic Premise of American Democracy

Posted on May 16, 2017 at 9:00am 5 Comments

If there is a silver lining in the black cloud that’s been darkening the White House ever since Donald Trump took up residence there just three months ago, it’s the opportunity…

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The Founding Fathers Were Afraid of Donald Trump Too

Posted on January 11, 2017 at 5:30pm 7 Comments

It turns out the kleptocracy Donald Trump is fast assembling with his basketful of seriously conflicted deplorable billionaires, is just the sort of outcome the Founding…

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The Woman Who Taught Me How to Write

Posted on January 5, 2017 at 6:00pm 7 Comments

(Note, this column was originally published three years ago in Open Salon in commemoration of high school English teacher Alice Ortega who died on…

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Trying to Make Sense of President Trump

Posted on November 10, 2016 at 8:30am 11 Comments

"Don't any of you realize there's only one life…

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