George Washington, John Adams, other founders learned lessons from British history and warned against the dangers of hyper-partisanship. It can destroy the central government by stalemate and an inability to accomplish anything for the good of the nation, for fear of giving "the other party" credit. Hyper-partisanship leads to the “ruins of public liberty,” our... Continue Reading →
In the nearly 230-year history of the American presidency, the chaos, turnover and blistering critiques from aides in the Trump administration are entirely unprecedented. Rarely, if ever, has an administration suffered so much "friendly fire" from its own lieutenants and party members. Details. "The sheer volume of allegations lodged against Mr. Trump and his circle defies... Continue Reading →
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It is not in Democrats political interests to impeach Trump. It is not in conservatives' interests to ignore an imperial presidency that is above the law. Principles first. Might partisans agree that it should be explicitly illegal for a presidential campaign to accept the (illegal) support of a foreign adversary without alerting the FBI?
Americans throughout their political history have told each other four essential stories or political narratives that lead to change, says Robert Reich, what he calls the four legs of the table that holds the American imagination. Two are about hope, two are about fear. The candidate who offers the most believable narrative will win in... Continue Reading →
Twelve or 22 percent of Republican senators have some backbone, refused to abandon conservative “limited government” principles, and voted to terminate President Trump’s national emergency to unilaterally build a border wall that Congress did not fund. Trump plans to illegally grab $3.6 billion appropriated by Congress for military construction projects to pay for part of... Continue Reading →
One can understand why immigration is a hot-button issue in the US. The foreign-born population is the largest it has been since 1910, at 13.7 percent, the US Census Bureau reported. That's just slightly less than the historic peak in the foreign-born population -- 15 percent -- between 1890 and 1900, when tensions over immigrants... Continue Reading →
"Undocumented immigrants are considerably less likely to commit crime than native-born citizens, with immigrants legally in the United States even less likely to do so," according to social science research. https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/8/4/16094684/trump-immigrants-welfare
“It is the politician’s task to pass legislation, not to sit around saying principled things.” -- Lyndon Johnson to biographer Doris Kearns Goodwin in Lyndon Johnson and the American Dream. Johnson was the master deal-maker who would never have considered an extra-legal maneuver like invoking emergency powers to divert funds from already appropriated projects to... Continue Reading →
Elizabeth Warren, a populist and "conviction politician" among "flaccid centrist consensus" politicians, could be the Democrats' Margaret Thatcher, "if they dare," George Will writes. She has conservative roots. Born and raised in Oklahoma, she has lived in Texas, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, (briefly in) Michigan, and settled in Massachusetts. She's a Methodist, a Sunday school teacher. She... Continue Reading →
Ever since journalist and historian Thomas Frank published What's the Matter with Kansas? How Republicans Won the Heart of America in 2004, Democrats have deplored what they believed was the trend of working class citizens voting against their self-interest. But that trend may be abating. Arch-conservative governor Sam Brownback, who sought to create a red-state model... Continue Reading →