So President Trump thinks it’s “sad” that “our beautiful statues and monuments” to famous Confederates are being removed from public squares.
There was a time when no Republican would dream of saying such a thing. It was the Republican Party, let us remember, that preserved the Union, freed the slaves and championed the rights of African Americans during Reconstruction. It was the Democrats, in contrast, who ripped the country apart, fought for slavery, and imposed segregation.
For about a month, reporters and pundits have been heralding surges of support for outsider candidates like Senator Bernie Sanders, Senator Ted Cruz, and everyone’s favorite bombastic billionaire, Donald Trump. Based on the flood of news stories predicting insurgent victories, readers might believe that Trump and Cruz are the only Republicans left and that Sanders is about to deliver the knockout punch to Clinton’s glass jaw in Iowa and then New Hampshire.
But the truth is considerably murkier. With only a week to go before the Iowa caucuses, the political landscape remains as tumultuous and unsettled as ever, and these surge storylines may ultimately hurt the outsider candidates in the long road to the nomination for a number of reasons.
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It’s the morning after.
You stayed up late watching election results on TV. By the time you went to bed, the Republicans had won five of the six Senate seats they needed to take control of both houses of Congress. As the networks called each state for the GOP, it felt like a trap door had opened beneath your feet, like a Munch scream, like a nightmare – a nauseating, slow-motion wreck you were powerless to prevent. Continue reading This is how you’ll feel when the GOP wins the Senate
So you want to learn how to speak “Politician.” Terrific! First, you’ll have to unlearn traditional English, with its emphasis on making rational thoughts clear through words. Instead, obfuscate with half-truths — or better yet, quarter- and eighth-truths. Let’s get started! Continue reading How to Speak ‘Politician’
Expecting corporations to put human rights, employee well-being or even national interest before profit is naïve. Fish gotta swim, birds gotta fly, corporations gotta make money. It’s what they do. Continue reading Fish gotta swim, birds gotta fly