“I came of age during the Vietnam War. At the time I didn’t care about politics. I wanted to be the next Tolstoy… But what we did to Vietnam was so barbaric, it made me want to get into politics. I said, why not be Gandhi instead of Tolstoy?”Read More
Is change even possible?
The national conversation about excessive use of police force that we’re supposed to have been conducting since Michael Brown, Tamir Rice and Eric Garner were killed didn’t save Walter Scott’s life. The Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre of 26 children and staff that we hoped would be the tipping point on gun violence hasn’t slowed the NRA by a heartbeat. Earth Day is April 22, but if the bad news about heat, drought, sea levels and dying oceans hasn’t loosened the fossil fuel industry’s death grip on Congress by now, it’s hard to imagine any millions of marchers in any number of cities making a difference.Read More »
The political system America enjoys today is roughly a century old. It began when voters were first allowed to directly elect U.S. Senators in 1913 and women got the vote in 1920. Both acts made the system more democratic…
You don’t need to go far these days to find angry exchanges about “greed”. The UK general election will see wild rhetoric about the Politics of Greed. But who in fact is greedy?
So take out the generalised human instincts about the greed of men/women/children, and it turns out that Greedy Workers are the clear winners, well ahead of another notable category, Greedy Owners.Read More »
I am a freelance speechwriter. I advertise on the Internet: www.ringingwords.com.
Suppose someone contacts me and asks me to write him a speech in favor of a proposition to which I am totally opposed. I decline as a matter of conscience. The other person says, “The heck with your conscience. You offer your services to the whole public on the Internet. You have no right to discriminate against any potential client because of your personal beliefs. If you don’t write my speech, I will take you to court and force you to do so.”Read More »
In years past, when national leaders talked about victory, they meant the United States — the entire United States — would defeat enemies overseas and overcome serious problems at home. Now their definition of victory is one political party winning over another.
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In an odd way, the Ted Cruz presidential campaign reminds me of the one waged by Dick Gephardt, my former boss. There are obvious differences in that no one has ever seriously characterized Cruz as either a centrist or a Democrat. Both had careers of relentless success that create confidence that…Read More »
During a recent snow storm, I went into the recesses of the house that don’t get much attention most of the time, and found old books I hadn’t seen in a few decades.
I rediscovered Walt Kelly, a great American and creator of “Pogo,” a loosely political, syndicated cartoon depicting friendly and not-so-friendly creatures from Florida’s Okeefenokee Swamp. Anyone who was a teenager in Americain the 1950s or 1960s remembers Pogo, others might not.
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