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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
koshersalaami commented on Ted Frier's blog post The Woman Who Taught Me How to Write
"And an underpaid one in many places.  Great piece. My most influential teacher was also an English teacher. "
Jan 6
Terry McKenna commented on Ted Frier's blog post The Woman Who Taught Me How to Write
"I was more influenced by my algebra teacher, and by an art teacher, but that is not really the point, it it.  For all of us, we benefitted from teachers.  And for folks in their 60s, most of our teachers were women whose job options were…"
Jan 6
greenheron commented on Ted Frier's blog post The Woman Who Taught Me How to Write
"This was lovely. Sometimes I wish I had paid attention in school and not been a little actor-outer, class cutter, resistance fighter. I could have learned so much from someone like Miz O. Maybe not as much in French class, but then my French teacher…"
Jan 6
Jonathan Wolfman commented on Ted Frier's blog post The Woman Who Taught Me How to Write
"you are the proof of her excellence mine was Marie Hildebrand, senior honors English (far more a measure of her terrific teaching than my student-ing), Cheltenham High School, Montgomery County, PA"
Jan 5
alsoknownas commented on Ted Frier's blog post The Woman Who Taught Me How to Write
"I liked this. I learned those rules too. More from my French teacher than my English teachers though. Plus she served us Espresso, with some brie and crackers at the end of the year. I try to pay attention not to split infinitives when writing. You…"
Jan 5
Myriad commented on Ted Frier's blog post Trying to Make Sense of President Trump
"I can't see Trump actually doing or even trying to do anything for the disaffected working and middle classes...and even if he did, he doesn't know shit about government, and meantime Republicans control both houses and (essentially, soon…"
Nov 10, 2016
Robert Young commented on Ted Frier's blog post Trying to Make Sense of President Trump
"-- Why is it, wondered Frank, do working class voters in Kansas and elsewhere so regularly undermine their own economic self-interest by returning upper-class coddling Republicans (and Democrats) to power who then reliably raise their taxes, cut…"
Nov 10, 2016

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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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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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The Only Global Conspiracy Belongs to Trump

Posted on November 5, 2016 at 8:30am 7 Comments

Despite Donald Trump’s unrelenting fear-mongering, it…

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