About Lance Simmens

Lance Simmens has spent nearly four decades in senior level public service positions. Follow him at LanceSimmens.com.

Howard Baker, A Lion That Roared

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Lance Simmens: Howard Baker was not averse to partisan politics, it would be naïve to suggest otherwise, but in the formative years that I spent in Washington, DC and the halls of Congress it was accepted that compromise and civility would ultimately triumph and keep the engine of progress moving forward.

The Irrepressible Maya Angelou

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Lance Simmens: She simply said she was not satisfied with the speech that she had rehearsed and decided to do her own. She struck me as that way, always doing things on her own terms.

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

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Lance Simmens: Attempts by O’Keefe and his cohorts to skew the nature of the conversations via selective editing are preempted by the fact that the entire conversation was captured by Fox as a defensive effort to protect his integrity. In this case, the punkers were punk’d.

The Value of Vets and Public Service

Veterans and Public Service

Lance Simmens: Unless we find our soul in the conviction that our institutions of government and governance play a major role in this quest we will find ourselves adrift in a society where increasingly it will be every person fending for themselves.

The Myth of American Exceptionalism

Restoring Public Service

Lance Simmens: The levels of inequality, injustice, unintended results, hypocrisy, and brutality that our children witness on a daily basis contributes to a sense of hopelessness and fatalism that I believe is both justified and heartbreaking.

Bunkerville, Nevada: Relearning Civics

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Lance Simmens: Whether they can be characterized as secessionists, survivalists, anarchists, or just plain outlaws this increasingly virulent anti-American tenor that occurs with more and more frequency should be seen as a warning signal of a system that is severely being tested and questioned as to its relevancy and effectiveness.

Politics and the Water’s Edge

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Lance Simmens: With the blunt force obstructionism of ultra-right conservative politics and a nearly total breakdown in comity and civility comes a disturbing brand of hubris from the right that sounds more like sour grapes than sober analysis.

R-E-S-P-E-C-T

Conservatives Love Vladimir Putin

Lance Simmens: Ultra-conservative orthodoxy and its deep penetration into our political system have weakened the country more than any perceived Obama “weakness.”

Dysfunction, Inc.

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It is absurdly ironic that Chairman Darrell Issa’s committee is technically identified as one devoted to government reform.

Bullying Is Not Tough

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Chris Christie Bully: Christie makes a mockery of the tough guy branding he has so assiduously cultivated during his political career.

The State of the Union Is Stuck

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State of the Union 2014 — There is never a time for capitulation; I cannot help but feel that the lack of a boldness evinces resignation.

Taking America Back(wards)

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TPP Negotiations — We are staring at a repeat of a failed and flawed economic experiment that will result in further loss of jobs,.

Obama and Climate Change: Reflection, Redirection, and Restoration

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Obama Climate Change — Use your considerable oratory skills to outline a bold, ambitious, and radical redirection.

Another Missed TPP Deadline Calls Pact’s Agenda into Question

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TPP Deadline: Activists and Congressional leaders called the U.S. Trade Representative’s agenda for the pact into question.

The Pope as Political Philosopher

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Lance Simmens: I am certainly not one driven to pore over papal pronouncements, but the compelling analysis of the contemporary social condition is a stark counterbalance to the relative dearth of what passes for analysis either in the media or political arenas.

Voices Raised Against Secret Trade Deal

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Lance Simmens: Mr. President this is not the way to conduct the people’s business. You ran saying that you opposed fast track authority and yet here it is. You ran on the platform of transparency in policy making and yet here it isn’t.

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