Shutdown Shames All of Congress

During the late government shutdown, Republicans kept repeating the talking point that the Democrats were damaging American national security by tying up the budget over the status of 800,000 or so illegal aliens covered under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The Democrats, for their part, behaved in the manner their

By | 2018-01-22T17:31:04+00:00 January 22nd, 2018|

The Shutdown Victory

Under normal circumstances, shutting down the government is not a good idea. It presumes of course that the government is doing good things. But what if the opposite is true? What if the government is doing things that undermine the stability and security of the nation and its people? In this latest drama,

By | 2018-01-21T23:15:41+00:00 January 22nd, 2018|

Crazy Talk: Dems Lose Health Battle with Trump

Now that Donald Trump’s physician has declared the president to be in “excellent” health and mentally fit for office, let’s lay to rest yet another dead #Resistance narrative.“Dangerousness can be assessed without using formal diagnostic categories,” wrote Ilene A. Serling for Psychology Today in an article titled “The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump.” Dr.

By | 2018-01-19T18:13:23+00:00 January 19th, 2018|

Trump’s DACA Moves Are Paying Off

A March 5 deadline to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program may send 800,000 illegal immigrants packing, to the great consternation of Democrats and more than a few Republicans. But it’s also possible these so-called Dreamers may stay—if they can meet certain conditions the Trump Administration is hashing out with

By | 2018-01-19T11:01:14+00:00 January 19th, 2018|

President Trump and the Integrity of American Democracy

On the eve of the first anniversary of Donald Trump’s inauguration, it is worthwhile to reflect on the significance of his presidency for the quality of our nation’s politics. Some Americans have criticized the president as a threat to our democratic way of life. They point to his brawling rhetoric, his tendency to

By | 2018-01-20T11:05:37+00:00 January 19th, 2018|

Bullying Booker and the War on Women of the Right

At a January 16, Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, Senator Cory Booker (D-N.J.) informally announced he’s running for president in 2020 by bullying Kirstjen Nielsen, President Trump’s new secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. With eyes and neck veins popping, Booker pounded his fists, pointed his finger, yelled accusations of racism, and further

By | 2018-01-20T16:58:23+00:00 January 18th, 2018|

Making Politics Possible Again

There is a remarkable assumption behind the argument that the best—maybe the only—reason to have voted for Donald J. Trump was that he “was better than Hillary Clinton.” Supposedly this somehow distinguishes, and taints, the Election of 2016. It does not. That one candidate is likely to do better in office than the

By | 2018-01-18T11:36:18+00:00 January 18th, 2018|

Meet the ‘Oligogues’

The favorite pastime of our oligarchy is to harp on endlessly about the supposed faults of the people who elected Donald Trump president. According to the anointed, the American people—in their untutored stupidity—chose a strong man who is shredding the Constitution, along with every last vestige of character and decency. NeverTrumper Matt K.

By | 2018-01-18T10:12:50+00:00 January 18th, 2018|

Mr. President, Don’t Betray Your Base With a DACA-Only Deal

President Trump faces a defining moment as he considers what to do about the DACA mess and the wall along the southern border that was the central promise of his campaign. Will the president make good on his repeated vows to establish a pro-citizen, pro-worker immigration policy—including a wall? Or will he accept

By | 2018-01-17T16:59:45+00:00 January 17th, 2018|

Mexican Greatness: California Elected Leaders Head South

California on January 1 officially became a sanctuary state, refusing to hand over those who violated U.S. immigration laws to federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Economist and actor Ben Stein sees a rebellion and expects a civil war . . . in the courts. Meanwhile, the “Calexit” movement wants a sovereign nation or

By | 2018-01-17T16:50:46+00:00 January 17th, 2018|