Robert Becker

Robert Becker
Location
California, United States
Birthday
January 01
Bio
Educated at Rutgers College (BA) and UC Berkeley (Ph.D, English) I left university teaching (Northwestern, U. Chicago) for business, founding and heading SOTA Industries, high end audio company from '80 to '92; from '92-02 I did marketing consulting & writing; from '02 until now, I scribble on politics and culture, looking for the wit in the shadows.

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Salon.com

By Robert S. Becker

 

Like the stuttering hero in "The King's Speech," the American left won't command leadership until establishing our own voice -- and forceful narrative.  The capitulation by this president and the Democratic Party -- now without pretense of progressivism -- is the gifRead full post »

  

By Robert S. Becker

 

America snubs “wealth, or status, or power, or fame” for goodness.  Riiight!

 

Had the president politicized his Tucson memorial, say, by implicating reckless gun sellers, he’d have faced his own media crosshairs, even uncivil cRead full post »


by Robert S. Becker

 

What a fierce fusillade of national verbiage erupts after every creepy assassin strikes.  Unless well-intentioned blather confronts the following, nothing will change: 1) the ceaseless, badly-monitored salvo of gun sales, 2) flocks of armed, unhinged extremists at l… Read full post »

By Robert S. Becker

 

Sorry, estimable Gov. Howard Dean, you can’t have it both ways, without contradicting yourself and insulting our intelligence.  You can’t incisively condemn exiting top White House staffers for “contempt,” while letting the president off the hRead full post »

  

 By Robert S. Becker

 

 

Why Palin's Christian Fortress Must be Exceptional, Blessed and Infallible 

 

 

Theocracy = religion + politics


If a little knowledge is dangerous, a little uninformed faith is downright treacherous.  Need we report this self-evident truth: reaso… Read full post »

By Robert S. Becker

 

Make Believe?

 

What get called miracles, Biblical or political, are usually smoothly-decked out conspiracy theories in reverse, hardly revelations of the ineffable.  Many are simply  “mysteries” science hasn’t yet gotten to.  Thus, aRead full post »


By Robert S. Becker


yes no maybe
 


With sugarplums dancing across fevered brows, the "New Year" proclaims the next episode, replete with conventional good wishes/…

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By Robert S. Becker

Obama-Shrinks-2

Prescient even for Gore Vidal, as early as 2002 he nailed W.’s exit, “Mark my words, he will leave office the most unpopular President in history.”  Unfortunately, we won’t need Vidal’s cheeky brilliance to imagine Barack Obama's finale,Read full post »

 


By Robert S. Becker

 

Since Rep. Ron Paul of Texas is that rarest of Republicans -- a war critic who's both rational and prescient describing our careening imperial foreign policy, let us openly address his probing questions (italics) Friday on the House floor.   In defendinRead full post »

By Robert S. Becker

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Encircled by irate liberals, the president has done it now -- confirmed his domestic legacy by re-entrenching into permanent status quo the “Bush-Obama” tax cuts.  If passed, no one in two years, especially theRead full post »


By Robert S. Becker

 

How quickly the meteoric prince has fallen to earth, with a thud.  The splashy campaigner has morphed into a cross between Neville Chamberlain, England’s Nazi appeaser, and George Armstrong Custer, rushing to get ambushed at the Little Big Horn.  Few recaRead full post »

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By Robert S. Becker


Guess what conspicuous, repulsive fly just landed on the surging GOP ointment minutes after claiming a midterm mandate? No, not weak-kneed B. Obama, vamoosing for Asia. Not Sarah Palin, though rancor and disruption are her middle names. Not Tea Party growling…

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NOVEMBER 11, 2010 1:53PM

The Idiocy of Frank Luntz

By Robert S. Becker   


Party pollsters often reveal more than the vapid verbiage of their bosses. If Frank Luntz, the top GOP focus group master and phrase-mangler (called word doctoring), speaks for Republicans, then sane progressives are both better and worse off. Is word doctoring,
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By Robert S. Becker

 

Being a media celebrity, even a best-selling poseur and prayer warrior, provides no great path to winning office.  Ex-sports stars far outperform faux populist pundits at the polls.  Without achievements in this world, mere opinions, strident or otherwise, don&rRead full post »

By Robert S. Becker

 

 

Is it a mystery why a six-pack of rightwingnuts, loonier and less qualified than the Wasilla quitter, are vying for Senate seats while the most principled Democrat, Russ Feingold, faces ruin?  Hot-dogging prayer warriors sell better in off years than a modernRead full post »

by Robert S Becker      


"Agreed, we have an insular White House that fails Messaging 101," commented a close friend, "but where are examples of good messages that frame positive, progressive moral politics." Admirable challenge to all us ungrateful "professional leftists" addicted o
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By Robert S. Becker


Well, exxccuusse us doubters. Mr. President, for assessing real-world results of your major decisions (or non-decisions). Is the left responsible for the jobless recovery, too?  Afghan/…

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SEPTEMBER 23, 2010 7:04PM

Good Gag, Delaware GOP: Senator O'Donnell?

 

By Robert S. Becker

  

Think What You've Done - and What the Senate Does

I have a new rightwing heroine, displacing the finger-wagging shill from Wasilla - not only in the audacity of her hustle, but grotesqueries, emptiness of resume, instability, and distinctively less life, careRead full post »

By Robert S. Becker   9-15

 

Ever been shopping, or getting a bite to eat, and suddenly shrieking kids invade your space?  Perhaps good parents interceded, dragging ear-splitters from center stage; perhaps they’re Tea Partiers in training.  While most families moderatRead full post »

SEPTEMBER 8, 2010 5:16PM

The No-Drama, No-Storyline Obama Tragedy

 

By Robert S. Becker   

 

If tragedy occurs when anointed heroes who know better betray their own promise, Barack Obama’s no-drama, no narrative express is about to derail.  Expect no solace from truth-telling jesters populating classical tragedies, au contraire judRead full post »


By Robert S. Becker  

Before we unprofessional leftists get too high on our horse, blithely scoffing at Beck or Palin's staged chicanery, let us acknowledge our own home-grown "conspiracy theories." Agreed,…

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By Robert S. Becker

As rightwing distemper feeds the frenzied run-up to the midterms, refudiating today's mounting degrees of American injustice is nearly impossible. Not that all injustice accrues to GOP reactionaries, only most,Read full post »
AUGUST 17, 2010 4:39PM

Obama, Going Republican

 

By Robert S. Becker  Aug. 17, '10

 

The tirade from Press Secretary Gibbs, nicknamed "Bozo the spokesman" by Rep. Grayson, is a boon to all those who favor reality over wishful thinking, or delusion. This White House invective settles it: the president isn't a liberal, barely campaig… Read full post »

By Robert S. Becker  8-10-10

 

Haven't we seen this barefaced sideshow before? GOP sabotages another Democratic president "to save America." Predictably, racism has made wary, less culpable Obama an easier mark than wayward Clinton. Deserved and not, abuse heaped on Clinton, today's mostRead full post »

 

 

by Robert S. Becker 

 

It's impossible, whether tracking stock slides, baseball slumps, or TV shows, to confirm bottoms when they happen, to know precisely when enough is enough. Or, with unending, unwinnable, remote wars, what defines way beyond "enough" until we begin to… Read full post »