Politics Are Not That Important

politics and daily life

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.

Whom Do You Trust? 

Trusting Public Leaders

Frank Fear: It’s anybody’s guess when the public’s trust began eroding. There were instances, here and there, starting years ago. For many in my generation it began with the Nixon Years, especially “Watergate.” Today there’s a clear pattern of trust being debased.

Time to Do Something Massive

Voting Required by Law

Larry Wines: It all comes back to the same thing: If we can’t fix our own House, how can we have the credibility to fix anyone else’s?

Blame the Black Guy

Blaming President Obama

Tom Degan: Of all of their paranoid hallucinations regarding this boringly moderate president, the one that tickles me the most is the right’s perception of him as this wild-eyed, borderline socialist.

Stone Age Politics in Cyberspace

Stone Age Politics

Charles Hayes: One of life’s biggest mysteries, in my view, is why, once people realize the arbitrary nature of how beliefs are constructed, it doesn’t give them pause to examine some of their own hard and fast assumptions.

Snakes and Ladders at Netroots Nation

Netroots Nation 14

RJ Eskow: When it comes to influencing the presidential campaign, this year’s Netroots Nation was a missed opportunity. Ready for Warren had an extraordinary impact on the convention, however, and there will be other opportunities.

Sarah Palin Rolls Out the “I” Word

Impeach Obama

Tom Degan: The fact that this blabbering nincompoop was once selected for the second spot on a national ticket defies any sense of rationality. Gee, we do live in wonderful times, don’t we?

Howard Baker, A Lion That Roared

Senator Howard Baker

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.

On the Anniversary of her Disappearance, Amelia Earhart Still Inspires Us

Amelia Earhart Disappearance Anniversary

Larry Wines: Amelia Earhart vanished on a long ago July 2nd while attempting to become the first woman to fly around the world. In so many ways, she still speaks to us, a compelling feminine presence from long before the feminist movement, a determined woman who made up her mind to achieve bold things, and set about doing them.

12 Most Inhumane Presidents

Most Inhumane Presidents

Al Carroll: Hopefully more scholars and more of the public will rank as I have, based on moral judgment or humanitarian longing, rather than on partisanship, ideological affinity, or what they think makes American presidencies look good or Americans feel good about themselves.

Remembering Howard Baker

Howard Baker

Larry Wines: Always respected on both sides of the aisle, Howard Baker came from the days when Republican politicians were sane.

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