Americans believe in science. Generally, most of us have faith in medicine. A majority of Americans, though ever-thinning, tell pollsters they’re religious and yet we’ve reached virtual consensus about going to the hospital when we’re sick. We are, in some cases, obligated by law to seek medical care. Courts have found the denial of medical care to children, when it results in their death, to be a crime. In the eyes of the law, science trumps religious fervor.
I attended a tea party event hosted by Congresswoman Michele Bachmann the day before the Republican National Convention in Florida last year. I observed the following: Wearing a tri-corner hat in proximity to the Caribbean makes you look like a pirate.
Presumptive nominee Mitt Romney is seemingly fixated on apologies. He’s obsessed with apologies like Bristol Palin is obsessed with teen abstinence—like BP is obsessed with clean energy—Marcus Bachmann with curing homosexual men ...
We can all stop pretending continued Republican anger about the Affordable Care Act is news. Some figured a Supreme Court ruling would settle things. And since the GOP said it was unconstitutional with the same fervor as people who’ve read the Constitution—it was easy to assume a decision from the nine justices in the highest court in the land—regardless of the outcome—would chill them out.
If you ask the typical hyper-political gun owner (and I have ... at Thanksgiving dinner), why it’s important to own a gun, they’ll bark about the Constitution. Yes, the Second Amendment: “The Right of the People to Keep and Bear Arms Shall Not Be Infringed!”
Conservatives really wanted a fight about religious freedom. It appeared to be an easy win: turn an ObamaCare mandate that insurers cover birth control into a war on religion. The GOP, void of any ideas Obama hasn’t contaminated by agreeing with, finds itself in an election year frantically looking for a bold battle cry. That sweet hot button issue that can excite their party and (hopefully) win them the White House (or maybe the Senate).
Part of being a Democrat is acting like you're losing even when
you're winning. Part of being a Republican is acting like you're
winning even when you're losing. The phrase "silent majority," that
brilliant bit of Nixonian rhetoric, is a way to augment Republican
numbers and voices. "Nearly all people agree with me and they're
not only in my imagination ... you just can't hear them."
A perfect summary of the Grand Old Party's relationship with the
U.S. Constitution comes from Texas Governor Rick Perry at Mike
Huckabee's candidate forum on Fox News last Saturday. Governor
Perry claimed as president he could overturn a law passed by
Congress by executive order (he can't), and then to show his bona
fides on the subject, he pulled out a copy of the Constitution from
his breast pocket - displaying it proudly to the national
I asked an Occupier in DC named Rob Wohl, why the movement he's
a part of is resonating with people - why as over 3,000 Americans
have been arrested in demonstrations and even journalists and vets
have endured tear gas and rubber bullets, the movement is still
with a thirty-something mother of two residing in suburban New
Jersey about the Occupy Wall Street movement. She was disgusted by
their antics. "Our business failed, our house was foreclosed on, we
lost everything and you don't see us blaming someone else for it!"
she exclaimed. "It's about personal
at least the traditional image we have in our minds (the ones with
the parrots on their shoulders and wooden legs from the 1700s),
were in reality rapists, thieves and murderers. They were violent
outlaws; terrorists of the Caribbean colonies. Some of them were
hired as mercenaries called privateers, but they were still pirates
even with a note from the King. They pillaged, slaughtered and
plundered for a couple hundred years.
GOP leaders in Congress don't want a balanced-budget amendment.
The party, which rails against government bureaucracy, is counting
on government bureaucracy to prevent them from successfully
changing our founding documents. It's perfect because they don't
actually want to amend the Constitution -- well, not in a serious
way. Maybe in a drunken, overly-clever, 1:30 a.m. in a
Hill-adjacent dive bar kind of way: "The 28th Amendment should
outlaw blue food on Wednesdays... that'd be hilarious!"
The MSNBC documentary series “Lock Up” ran a story earlier this
month about a Maricopa County Jail inmate charged with identity
theft named Cecil Kunkel. The 29-year-old Kunkel has a swastika
tattooed on top of his “skinhead.” He’s covered in “white power”
slogans and imagery. The only ink-free spot on him is an empty
space in the shape of another swastika over his heart. The crew
first finds him spending time in the hole as disciplinary action
for refusing to house with black inmates. When asked why he
refuses, Kunkel says, “Because it’s wrong... nothing personal —
it’s just the way it is.” In the next scene Kunkel is caught on
camera beating an African-American inmate who is, of course,
smaller than him.
It's not that Republicans aren't hypocrites - it's more the
label just isn't an effective dig. First, hypocrite is a fancy
foreign Greek word like amnesty, ethics or Europe - how is that
going to appeal to Republicans? Second, espousing virtues you don't
personally have to live up to is basically the point of being a