Perhaps the biggest story coming out of campaign 2016 is not the rise of Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump, but the fact that the media and political establishment never saw it coming. And the fact that they never saw it coming perfectly explains the rise of Sanders and Trump. Continue reading Sanders and Trump: How the Political and Media Establishment Got 2016 So Wrong
Ask Tea Party adherents what inspires them most and many will say their reverence of history. Indeed it’s not unusual at Tea Party rallies to see bands of self-referential patriots dressed up in Revolutionary War garb, wearing tricorn hats and carrying their defiant Don’t Tread on Me flags. Continue reading The Tea Party Luddites
Is Mitt Romney more like Gordon Gekko, the greedy anti-hero in the movie Wall Street, or Thurston Howell, the elitist millionaire in the TV show Gilligan’s Island? Is he a rapacious, heartless capitalist with no conscience, or a conceited man of privilege who doesn’t have a clue how the rest of us live but patronizingly believes he does?
The Obama campaign has chosen the Gekko frame to define Romney for the fall election and has staked its early advertising on it. But Howell may be an even better bet. Continue reading Mitt Romney: Gordon Gekko or Thurston Howell?
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
For our democratic system to work; for a government that’s a little more capable of governing; for a Congress that truly represents the American people, we need a lot less certainty and a lot more doubt. Continue reading An Overabundance of Certainty