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October 15, 1987
I find myself confused by James Nelson (Letters, Oct. 2). He doesn't like name-calling--who does?--yet he starts with the word "liberal," which has been a largely meaningless epithet since the Nixon Adminstration--it applies to anyone who does not totally agree with the Nixon-Reagan agenda. He finds moral arguments "snobbish" and complains of personal attacks, yet he offers no example of such a state of affairs. I cannot imagine how it is possible to "shout down" any opponent in print, nor have I seen that many examples of polite logic from the true believers on the right.
August 14, 2012 |
It's become predictable in this tempestuous campaign season: First Lady Michelle Obama, who has chosen fighting childhood obesity as her favorite cause, utters something that seems judgmental about healthy eating, and conservatives pounce . (Nor is her husband immune to criticism for the ruckus he causes when he steps out for a bite .) The pattern repeated itself Tuesday, as the right-leaning chattering classes reacted to an exchange Obama had with Olympic gymnastics gold medalist Gabrielle Douglas when the two appeared Monday on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.
January 28, 2011 |
Reduced sentences for drug crimes. More job training and rehabilitation programs for nonviolent offenders. Expanded alternatives to doing hard time. In the not-too-distant past, conservatives might have derided those concepts as mushy-headed liberalism ? the essence of "soft on crime. " Nowadays, these same ideas are central to a strategy being packaged as "conservative criminal justice reform," and have rolled out in right-leaning states around the country in an effort to rein in budget-busting corrections costs.
March 7, 2014 |
OXON HILL, Md. - For many of the 2016 presidential contenders who tested their messages at the Conservative Political Action Conference this week, Russian President Vladimir Putin's incursion into Ukraine offered the perfect opening to pound President Obama's approach to foreign policy as weak and feckless - a sign of dimming U.S. influence around the world. But Rand Paul, whose non-interventionist foreign policy views have often been out of step with his rivals, did not mention Russia at all. And yet he blew the doors off Friday, drawing the most excited response of any potential contender as he blistered the Obama administration for its expansive surveillance of Americans and accused the president of trampling on civil liberties.
May 23, 2012 |
Some conservatives are in a mild panic about the possibility that Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. will succumb to pressure from Democrats and the liberal media to uphold "Obamacare. " This from a Wall Street Journal editorial: "You can tell the Supreme Court is getting closer to its historic Obamacare ruling because the left is making one last attempt to intimidate the justices. The latest effort includes taunting Chief Justice John Roberts that if the court overturns any of the law, he'll forever be defined as a partisan 'activist.' " Washington Post columnist Kathleen Parker makes the same point, adding a literary reference: "Novelist John Grisham could hardly spin a more provocative fiction: The president and his surrogates mount an aggressive campaign to intimidate [that word again!
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January 13, 2014 |
The most specious (and probably predictable) reaction to the unfolding scandal imperiling the presidential aspirations of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is a silly attempt at misdirection by whiny conservatives who complain that journalists ignored the Obama administration's Benghazi and IRS “scandals” but have jumped all over Christie. Because he is a Republican. I don't know where this fake talking point first originated - my guess is Fox News - but my in-box has been full of emails from readers asking, as one did: “So how does Benghazi impact Clinton?
March 30, 2012 |
These days, the drama of the Republican presidential primary and the Supreme Court's consideration of the healthcare overhaul law are the hottest topics for American conservative media types. But conservative thinkers and talkers are also weighing in on the Trayvon Martin case in Sanford, Fla., in which neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman (whose mother is Peruvian) shot Martin, an unarmed African American teenager. Zimmerman, who has not been charged with a crime, has said he shot Martin in self-defense.
October 4, 2010 |
As the Supreme Court begins its new term Monday, its sixth with John G. Roberts Jr. as chief justice, the reality is that this is the most conservative court since the mid-1930s. Since Richard Nixon ran for president in 1968, conservatives have sought to change constitutional law, and they have succeeded in virtually every area. During the first years of the Roberts court, it has consistently ruled in favor of corporate power, such as in holding that corporations have the 1st Amendment right to spend unlimited amounts in independent political campaigns.
September 17, 2009 |
Last weekend, Cindy Wilkerson, a 44-year-old former social worker, helped organize three busloads of protesters who rode from Mississippi to Washington for the big protest targeting President Obama and his policies. The passengers, all white, wore T-shirts identifying themselves without irony as "Freedom Riders." Decades ago, that phrase evoked something quite different. It was bestowed on the predominantly black and white activists who traveled to the Deep South to challenge segregation -- and were sometimes met with hostility and violence.
April 6, 2012
The costs of U.S. war Re "A son heads off to war," Opinion, April 1 David Freed's Op-Ed article on his son's deployment to Afghanistan should be required reading for everyone. When a country goes to war, as ours did, everyone should have a stake in it and should somehow be involved. Freed's comment about politicians who "seem only too happy to pick fights and then let other people's kids throw the punches" says much about the seeming indifference of Americans to what's going on in their names.