The Lion in Water: Some Facts About ‘Chappaquiddick’

Way back in July 1969, reporter Leo Damore covered Senator Edward Kennedy’s Chappaquiddick caper for the Cape Cod News. As he showed in his masterful Senatorial Privilege: The Chappaquiddick Cover-Up, everything Kennedy said about the incident was a lie. Ted Kennedy rode his brother John’s coattails to win a seat from Massachusetts in the

By | 2018-04-08T12:23:22+00:00 April 8th, 2018|

Trump Needs a ‘Taxpayer Bill of Rights’

The recent passage of the omnibus spending bill did serious damage to Donald Trump’s presidency. Politically, it harmed his standing with at least half of his base. Thankfully, political crises present new opportunities to make up for past mistakes. And we are still far enough out from the November midterms that disappointments can

By | 2018-04-06T12:37:33+00:00 April 6th, 2018|

Why MAGA Mattered

In the 2016 campaign, the slogan “Make America Great Again” was simultaneously a cry from the heart and a masterpiece of political marketing. Ronald Reagan used a version, “Let’s make America great again,” in 1980. Then the country faced double-digit inflation and interest rates, gasoline rationing, and a Soviet Empire on the march

By | 2018-04-01T12:19:25+00:00 April 1st, 2018|

Make Cesar Chavez Great Again

Saturday is Cesar Chavez Day. The legendary co-founder of the United Farm Workers earned his place in the pantheon of American liberalism as a union organizer, a civil rights activist, and a cultural icon. People refused to buy table grapes for years after he led a successful boycott in exchange for better working

By | 2018-03-30T13:03:07+00:00 March 30th, 2018|

Celebrating American Greatness in the Shadow of 9/11

Something really interesting has been going on over at Malpaso Productions, Clint Eastwood’s movie production company. The three most recent films Eastwood produced and directed comprise a trilogy with a theme worthy of our attention. The theme emerges most clearly if we begin with “Sully,” the second film in the series. “Sully” tells

By | 2018-03-25T12:52:43+00:00 March 25th, 2018|

#MeToo and the Clinton Carve-Out

For a moment, join the legions of embittered Democrats who imagine a world where Hillary Clinton won the 2016 presidential election. Would that world have a #MeToo movement? Eleven months after Clinton lost to Donald Trump, New York Times and New Yorker stories about film executive Harvey Weinstein’s sexual misconduct ignited #MeToo. Social

By | 2018-03-25T04:57:08+00:00 March 24th, 2018|

The Space Race: Savants of Human Space Exploration

Commercial and military space exploitation never want for a motive. Like the bronze and silver lower classes of Plato’s Republic, most space exploitation thrives on common motives of profit and security. But human space exploration, like the gold class of Plato’s Republic, requires a higher impulse: the desire to know.Part one of a

By | 2018-03-17T16:30:30+00:00 March 17th, 2018|