The National Rifle Association’s willingness and facility with lying about anything that might reduce the slaughter of innocent people by being shot has always been striking. But rarely has a national organization turned its back so completely on its previous positions, ignored the clear and overwhelming sentiment of the American people in general and its own paying membership in particular, and been so willing to depart so totally from facts.Read More
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WASHINGTON D.C. — Conservatives in Washington, still smarting over their electoral defeat in November, held a conference Tuesday to offer new strategies to attract the votes of the Hispanic community.
The forum, entitled “Reaching Out: Sharing the Message of Liberty With All Americans,” was simulcast on C-SPAN.
“Our message is simple: it’s freedom and economic opportunity,” said Robert “Red” Flange, author of the best-selling book “Invaders: Why We Continue to Welcome Terrorists and Criminals to Our Shores.”Read More »
The Republican message machine learned that people are a lot more likely to listen and remember what you’re saying if what you’re saying connects to things they care about. Democratic messengers, on the other hand, always seemed to bring a knife to a gun fight.Read More »
“At this second appearing to take the oath of the presidential office, there is less occasion for an extended address than there was at the first.”
So said Abraham Lincoln as he began his second inaugural address in 1865. And then he gave one of the greatest presidential orations ever, pledging, “with malice towards none, with charity towards all … to bind up the nation’s wounds.”Read More »
In political communications, whenever you take a stand on a hot-button issue, you must consider beforehand how your message will play outside of your circle of supporters. Apparently, nobody told that to Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett, House Speaker John Boehner, and NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre.
These three right-wing lightning rods recently took a stand against widespread public opinion, and in doing so left themselves vulnerable to the perception that they value football, politics, and guns above the lives, safety, and wellbeing of American citizens. In each case, their public outreach left me scratching my head, wondering how and why they opted to take positions that appear to oppose such universally supportable causes.Read More »
On the last day of the year 999 A.D., old St. Peter’s basilica in Rome was packed with panicky worshippers, convinced that the world would end on the stroke of midnight. Many had given away all their possessions to the poor. Many had spent weeks doing final penance for their sins. Many had journeyed to Rome in sackcloth and ashes in order to meet God and his angels within the holy precincts of St. Peter’s.Read More »
The news from Newtown, Connecticut is unbearably sad. But bear it we must. We have no other choice.
To guide us out of our despair we rely on teachers and pastors and, yes, politicians. “Whatever portion of sadness that we can share with you to ease this heavy load, we will gladly bear it,” President Obama said at an interfaith vigil on Sunday. “Newtown, you are not alone.”
A speechwriter’s greatest responsibility follows a great national crisis. He or she must convey the right mixture of empathy and strength, of horror and hope — never minimizing the darkness, but always pointing toward the dawn.Read More »
In December, Al Gore’s CURRENT TV features a marathon week-long deconstruction of holiday myths.
“Santa Fraud” uncovers the longtime Christmas icon’s true purpose, as a front for corporate toy makers and their overseas sweatshops.Read More »