Father of the Bride

Father of the Bride

Steve Hochstadt: My daughter Mae got married this weekend. That gave me a special status as father of the bride. But exactly what that means is not so clear.

Politics Are Not That Important

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Steve Hochstadt: For most people most of the time, the political controversies which so agitate television news reporters, internet bloggers and radio screamers, are merely background noise.

Praying With Women

Catholic Women Priests

Steve Hochstadt: Don’t walk into the wrong church, especially if you see a woman in the pulpit. Then the wrath of the organized church or mosque or temple will be visited upon you.

Russia Has Lost Ukraine

Russia Lost Ukraine

Steve Hochstadt: It turns out that Republicans anxious to score partisan points against the President, the same Republicans who cheered President Bush on when he invaded Iraq, offer only dangerous foreign policy ideas.

Let’s Cut Our Taxes — Sensibly

Cutting Taxes

Norman Solomon: When a drone or cruise missile implements an assumed right to snuff out a life, without a semblance of due process, the presidential emulation of divine intervention is implicit.

What Makes a Perfect Politician?

Elizabeth Warren 2016

Steve Hochstadt: Warren has been fighting for American families for decades, lately as the most public advocate for protecting us from the clever tactics of money lenders trying to squeeze a few more dollars from average families.

Blindness and Science

Climate Change Denial

Steve Hochstadt: Why are those voters and politicians who don’t believe in the need to deal with climate change so overwhelmingly Republican? I think the answer is fear.

The American System of Racism

American System of Racism

Steve Hochstadt: We remember a bee sting for a long time. A dozen bee stings change how a person thinks about insects. The daily stings of racism over a lifetime, a generation, several centuries have determined the painful relations between black and white in America.

Too Much Talk About Taxes

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Steve Hochstadt: Our conversations about government all seem to revolve around whether the tax rate is high or low, or who should pay more or less. We need to talk more about what we want government to do.

Putting People in Boxes

partisan propaganda

Steve Hochstadt: Putting all your political opponents into a box labeled “stupid,” “unpatriotic” or any other nasty characterization is a substitute for thinking.

Springtime in the Garden

springtime means hope

Steve Hochstadt: Springtime means hope. Will there be more blossoms than last year? Will life get better? Unexpected blooms and unforeseen popular movements erupt in spring

Politicians Who Hate Government

cliven bundy supporters

Steve Hochstadt: These Republican fair weather friends of Cliven Bundy don’t hate government – they only hate liberal government, government in the hands of their Democratic opponents, who have won recent elections. But they are playing a dangerous game by attacking “government” in general and supporting armed rebels who reject federal authority.

Making Girls Into Women

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Steve Hochstadt: To those who want to mold little girls into their narrow vision of what women should be, who anxiously search for any signs of “immorality”, it’s never too early to wield the sword of discipline on deviators.

Payday Loans: How All Those ‘Theories’ Really Work

payday loans

Steve Hochstadt: Add it all up. Republican legislators try to prevent the government from protecting citizens from payday vultures, use payday money to tilt elections so they can eviscerate any possible regulations, while making it more difficult for the poor and minorities to vote.

The Choices My Mother Must Face

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Steve Hochstadt: If she could take a pill and pass away, would she? I don’t know and won’t ask. Probably not, because she has always let others make the big decisions for her. So she’s waiting for natural processes to run their course.

Oklahoma!

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Oklahoma City Bombing — In carefully planned rows facing the pool, sit 168 empty chairs with the names of everyone killed that day.

How History Has Changed

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Gender Balance in Academia — The unquestioned dominance of white men in America is long gone, in the history profession in particular.

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