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What's Really Behind No Compromise Opposition to Gun Control

I wonder if Laura Ingraham ever scolded politically outspoken musician Ted Nugent the way she lectured NBA superstar LeBron James when he spoke out against guns?  As you might recall, the Fox News host told the future…

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Added by Ted Frier on April 2, 2018 at 4:00pm — 6 Comments

Republicans Trying to Sell us a Bridge on Tax Cuts

Give Hugh Hewitt his due. If nothing else, the conservative talk show host and Washington Post…

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Added by Ted Frier on November 10, 2017 at 9:00am — 16 Comments

Republican Senators are History’s Latest Stubborn Deniers of the Obvious

The occupational hazard of history nerds is the compulsion to rummage through the events of the past in order to illuminate the absurdities of the present. …

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Added by Ted Frier on October 27, 2017 at 9:30am — 4 Comments

Donald Trump: President or Racist Provocateur?

 

Pardoning the racist, ex-Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio was a win-win for Donald Trump.

First,…

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Added by Ted Frier on August 27, 2017 at 7:00am — 7 Comments

Those Who Fail to Learn from History...

The only thing I remember from kindergarten (other than the distinctive smell of paste) was the red, white and blue ribbon the teacher gave me when I correctly answered a question about American history, thus beginning my lifelong love affair with learning about America’s past. I think the teacher’s question was about George…

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Added by Ted Frier on August 19, 2017 at 6:00am — 2 Comments

Trump Shows His True Color - White

Anyone who has ever written a speech for a leader in one field of endeavor or another, as I have, knows all too well the contrasting emotions of exhilaration and stark…

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Added by Ted Frier on August 14, 2017 at 5:21am — 4 Comments

Base Politics Responsible for Shame of the Senate on Obamacare

The violence that was done to the Constitution and to the “regular order” of the Senate…

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Added by Ted Frier on July 29, 2017 at 10:30am — 4 Comments

Trump Has Contempt for Basic Premise of American Democracy

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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Added by Ted Frier on May 16, 2017 at 9:00am — 4 Comments

The Founding Fathers Were Afraid of Donald Trump Too

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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Added by Ted Frier on January 11, 2017 at 5:30pm — 5 Comments

The Woman Who Taught Me How to Write

(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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Added by Ted Frier on January 5, 2017 at 6:00pm — 6 Comments

Trying to Make Sense of President Trump

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

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Added by Ted Frier on November 10, 2016 at 8:30am — 11 Comments

The Only Global Conspiracy Belongs to Trump

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

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Added by Ted Frier on November 5, 2016 at 8:30am — 7 Comments

“Trumpism” is America’s Problem, Not Just the GOP’s

It’s often been said that Americans have been sheltered from history. …

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Added by Ted Frier on November 3, 2016 at 12:00pm — 8 Comments

Trump and the Paranoid Style in American Politics

A nation whose Statue of Liberty invites the world…

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Added by Ted Frier on October 25, 2016 at 9:30am — 4 Comments

Donald Trump and the Status Quo of White Male Privilege

As Donald Trump continues to self-destruct before our eyes while magnifying his manifest unfitness for office with every manic early-morning tweet, Trump and his supporters are…

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Added by Ted Frier on October 5, 2016 at 8:00am — 17 Comments

Beware Trump's Blanket Immunity from Accountability

In the latest Washington Post poll, 53% of Republicans were fine with Donald Trump refusing to release his tax returns but thought it was terrible that Hillary Clinton delayed…

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Added by Ted Frier on September 25, 2016 at 9:00am — 9 Comments

Fear-mongering is old news in American history

My father recently passed along to me a letter my great-great grandfather, Jonathan Sturges, wrote to then-General George Washington which my Aunt Ann discovered among the University…

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Added by Ted Frier on September 19, 2016 at 8:57am — 6 Comments

Has Revolutionary Extremism Overtaken US Politics?

I have written for some time that American…

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Added by Ted Frier on September 16, 2016 at 10:30am — 35 Comments

Is American tribalism making us another Middle East?

Students of American history remember that Massachusetts and Maine were one state long ago.  They were split in two in 1820 to keep the peace and maintain a tenuous political balance between North…

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Added by Ted Frier on August 31, 2016 at 9:45am — 7 Comments

Dueling speeches provide window into how Trump, Clinton think

As a professional speechwriter I am forever fascinated by the rhetorical tactics and techniques…

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Added by Ted Frier on August 26, 2016 at 9:00am — 4 Comments

NEW BLOG POSTS

Blue wave coming!

Posted by Dicky Neely on April 24, 2018 at 1:37pm 1 Comment

Jumping the Shark...

Posted by Safe Bet's Amy on April 24, 2018 at 9:00am 21 Comments

Dear Russell

Posted by Robert Starkey on April 23, 2018 at 10:00pm 2 Comments

"They Trust Me -- Dumb Fucks"

Posted by Boanerges on April 23, 2018 at 7:54am 16 Comments

A Brief History of America

Posted by Safe Bet's Amy on April 22, 2018 at 6:32pm 13 Comments

Book List

Posted by Steel Breeze on April 22, 2018 at 8:14am 11 Comments

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