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
JULY 26, 2011 4:06PM

Tea Party Trumpery Trumps America

By Robert S. Becker

 

fitzsimmons 

 

Why has the Tea Party succeeded when so many other simplistic, authoritarian clowns failed to hold power, beaten by elections, establishment money, or Washington's Great Alligator Swamp?  Far more coherent, rational third parties, left and right,Read full post »

What hoax?

 

By Robert S. Becker 

We are beset by two teams of crisis junkies playing a game of chicken for self-serving ends.  Big surprise -- Washington shadow boxing rains down serious injury far and wide, lately undermining what's left of American exceptionalism: one-time stellar c… Read full post »

By Robert S. Becker 

 A Satire

 

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Panic at AARP, Retirement Homes, Bingo Halls.  GOP: Joyful, 'Vindicated'

 

 

In a staggering decision rippling well beyond the Obama Health Care legislation under review, the Supreme Court today ruled unconstituRead full post »

By Robert S. Becker

 

 

Do you share my puzzlement that, despite so many spirited leftwing blogs, our real-world power varies between paltry and invisible?  We claim one independent senator, with another handful of part-timers, and a smattering of progressive House members. No visibl… Read full post »

JUNE 29, 2011 6:55PM

Eulogy to Reason in Politics

Reason Not Limited to 'Winning Arguments' 

 

By Robert S. Becker

 

What!  Cognitive research posits our highest intelligence evolved to serve the low-down political machinations that elect presidents we can't stand!  That our vaunted human reason didn't specialize in proRead full post »


By Robert S. Becker

 

 

Stuck between shame and chagrin, the Nobel

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By Robert S. Becker

 

Sanctification

 

 

No doubt, your burning worry every morning is, "So, what will failin' Palin screw up now?"  We secular, freedom-loving democrats should worry.  Considering her outsized bent for corrupting public discourse, if not English itself, our concRead full post »

 

By Robert S. Becker

Judging by close calls in 2010, the best guarantor for Democratic victories against the fringe is . . . more fringe Tea Party crazies.  More belfry-dwellers so bonkers (Angle, O'Donnell) even deep reactionary pockets can't "buy them love."  And with blasts afloatRead full post »


By Robert S. Becker

 

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This inventive activist can write  


Legendary Texas journalist Molly Ivins once joked about rebel-rouser-activist Jim Hightower: "If Will Rogers and MotherRead full post »


By Robert S. Becker


narcissism



Historic tipping points, especially tracking the vagaries of self-serving political… Read full post »

By Robert S. Becker

 

 

religion-govt 

You thought religion would get gov't. off your back? 

 


Have you read all original "Ten" Commandments lately?  Check out Wikipedia for true revelation, namely notions that didn't make it.  Why do religious extremists want to pos
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By Robert S. Becker

 

Like any huckster selling remedies and wisdom she doesn't possess, Sarah Palin is hardly the first or worst (or is it best?) of our venomous media liars.   The Palin didn't invent rightwing chicanery, but she's honed her own incendiary opportunism.  Death panels… Read full post »

By Robert S. Becker

 

A close friend just emailed me, wondering whether it’s time to give President Obama credit for overseeing a well-executed raid to avenge a “mass-murderer of innocents.”  No problem, as I favor full retaliation against all well-fed, religious zealo… Read full post »

By Robert S. Becker

 

Political scientist Joseph Foy dismisses Donald Trump’s real-world candidacy, flopping badly with rational adults, let alone coveted independent and moderate voters.  Joining a good NY Times survey, he doesn’t ignore one impact from Trump train wrecks, toRead full post »

by Robert S. Becker

 

Obama Enraged (by Breen) 

 

 

While George Lakoff declares “all politics is moral” -- a pageant of values in action -- the enduring paradox is great politicians need not be especially moral or law-abiding or compassionate.  LBJ comes to mind, renowned for h… Read full post »


By Robert S. Becker

 

 

Now he's done it -- the most Republican of modern Democratic presidents has violated the cosmic political order, that inescapable fluctuation wherein one disgraced party triggers the inevitable, system-saving reversal.  Since Ford lost to Carter, this pattern… Read full post »

 

By Robert S. Becker

 

 Note when inmate explosion started -- 1980!

Note when inmate explosion started -- 1980! 


Who can barely wait for the rightwing revelation that explains away a telling national threshold -- why our “greatest nation ever” has more criminals behind bars than any other on the glo… Read full post »

By Robert S. Becker

 

What is toxicity is already here?

What if Worse Fallout is already Here? 


The only good news about toxins, like radiation or acid rain, even massive oil slicks, is they’re observable, open to measurement and at times reparation.  Nothing trumps the Beck-Palin-Limbaugh anti-science,
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MARCH 15, 2011 3:17PM

Obama Becoming His Own Worst Enemy


Robert Becker 

 

 

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"What, Has the GOP Done it Again?"

 

 

Turns out, theRead full post »

Costly Rightwing Contradictions over Nurturing Children

 

By Robert S. Becker

 

 

Will the rabid right ever run out of sacred cows to gore?  Or, for that matter, progressive Gores to cow?  What's next for rightwing cheap shots after last week's bushwhacking of Michelle Oba… Read full post »

 

By Robert S. Becker

 

What does

 

With "11 Words for 2011," slick GOP operative Frank Luntz signals his uplifting, triumphant credo for conservatives this year.   Glad someone's having a good year.  Considering how insipid, intellectually indefensible is Luntz' list, one woRead full post »

 

 

By Robert S. Becker

 

 
With a mighty home run swing against a two-year slump, Barack Obama took his biggest political gamble yet -- an unprecedented, voluntary 25% pay cut.  Calling out slackers, freeloaders, idlers on Twitter, and other carnival acts, President Obama… Read full post »


By Robert S. Becker

 

So, imagine how besieged Romans felt, incredulous that marauding 5th C. Goths and Vandals could raze the greatest Empire of all time -- an inventive civilization once overflowing with arts, theatre, technology and public forums.  That tribal mayhem by under-educate… Read full post »

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 »