Ted Frier

Ted Frier
Location
Boston,
Birthday
April 02
Title
Speechwriter
Bio
Ted Frier is an author and former political reporter turned speechwriter who at one time served as communications director for the Massachusetts Republican Party, helping Bill Weld become the first Bay State Republican in a generation to be elected Governor. He was Chief Speechwriter for Republican Governor Paul Cellucci and Lt. Governor Jane Swift. Ted is also the author of the hardly-read 1992 history "Time for a Change: The Return of the Republican Party in Massachusetts." So, why the current hostility to the Republican Party and what passes for conservatism today? The Republican Party was once a national governing party that looked out for the interests of the nation as a whole. Now it is the wholly-owned subsidiary of self interest. Conservatism once sought national unity to promote social peace and harmony. Now conservatism has devolved into a right wing mutation that uses divide and conquer tactics to promote the solidarity of certain social sub-groups united against the larger society while preserving the privileges of a few.

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DECEMBER 13, 2014 8:44AM

Obama Plays Race Card -- And Wins

Like Jacob Marley's ghost whose chains were forged in life, link by link and yard by yard, could there be a better metaphor for the shackles Republicans have fashioned for themselves than their petulant calls to impeach the President or, better yet, to slam the Capitol's doors in… Read full post »

DECEMBER 10, 2014 9:07AM

Land of the Free?

I have a modest proposal for members of the St. Louis Police Officers Association who think a professional football game is no place to make a political statement and so were highly offended when five members of the St. Louis Rams raised their hands in a "don't shoot me" show of… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 28, 2014 10:15AM

Obama: Glass Half Empty or Full?

Whenever someone starts off with a flattering portion of over-the-top encomiums, it's a sure sign the other shoe is about to drop with a "thud." And so it is with What's the Matter with Kansas? author Thomas Frank who begins his take-down of Paul Krugman on Salon by… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 22, 2014 11:12AM

Entitled to Their Own Facts

One of these days, and soon, we are going to have to retire Daniel Patrick Moynihan's famous quip about everyone being entitled to their own opinion, because the truth is most people think they are entitled to their own facts as well.

My guess is that… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 19, 2014 1:35PM

New Third Party in the Bay State?

The ink wasn't even dry on Governor-elect Charlie Baker's acceptance speech before the Massachusetts Republican was getting political death threats from his party's unreconciled right wing warning of a primary challenge in 2018 should Baker become the Governor he promised to be.

"If Charlie Baker tr… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 13, 2014 11:38AM

Veterans Day: Bah Humbug

When it comes to Veterans Day tributes call me Scrooge. As a military brat and the by-product of three generations of West Point graduates who fought in every war from the Spanish American to WWII (and even that ill-fated "punitive expedition" against the Mexican bandit Poncho Villa), I guess I feel… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 5, 2014 6:47AM

Two Republican Parties

I will have more to say on last night's election later.  But for now I'll admit I am confused.  Two years ago after the Republican Party lost its second national election in a row, I wrote in the essay below that the GOP was

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NOVEMBER 4, 2014 2:47PM

Schisms and Civil Wars

Want to know why modern conservatism has become such an incoherent cacophony of inconsistencies, hypocrisies and imbecilities? Just read the New York Times editorial page.

In one corner is conservative heavy-weight David Brooks urging Americans to abandon their partisanship because group loyalty and… Read full post »

OCTOBER 30, 2014 11:55AM

America's Crisis of Political Legitimacy

As we approach another election next Tuesday, America faces a crisis of legitimacy. The character of our democracy does not correspond to the conditions that justify it. Instead of democracy and majority rule we have rule by minorities and special interests.

The incestuous relationship between Washi… Read full post »

I'll bet the Washington Post hasn't spilled this much ink on a single story since it printed the Pentagon Papers in defiance of President Richard Nixon's unconstitutional restraining order (or so said a 9-0 Supreme Court) way back in 1971.  

And so I have nothing new to add… Read full post »

In 1962, the expansion New York Mets finished their first season 40-120. They trailed league-leading San Francisco by an astonishing 60½ games. They suffered the most number of losses of any major league team since 1899!

When Jimmy Breslin later wrote his book-length account of that memora… Read full post »

OCTOBER 15, 2014 2:03PM

Wingnuts!

Former Republican speechwriter John Avlon pulls no punches when he writes about his former teammates if we're to judge by the title of his most recent book: Wingnuts.

Oh sure, as some critics have charged, Avlon (now a Daily Beast editor) is sometimes guilty of the usual bi-partisan scolding, as… Read full post »

OCTOBER 8, 2014 9:48AM

American Theocracy

Most judges are generally said to lean liberal or conservative. But it's no coincidence that Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia is one of just two (Clarence Thomas is the other) whose rulings reliably conform to a specific school of jurisprudence since Scalia is, by far, the most ideological jurist… Read full post »

OCTOBER 1, 2014 9:47AM

The New Secessionists

If there is a silver lining in a recent Reuters/Ipsos survey that found nearly a quarter of the American public supports their state breaking away from the Union, it's the reasons respondents cited for why they wanted to rebel in the first place. By and large, these complaints identify… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 22, 2014 7:26AM

Power To The People

On September 17th, America celebrated the 227th birthday of a constitution that, when ratified by “We the People” two years later, would create the world’s only democratic republic at that time, the United States of America.

Ever since this “Miracle in Philadelphia,”… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 17, 2014 12:45PM

"Constitutional Conservatives" Are Frauds

The only authentic “constitutional conservatives” in American history were the 55 well-to-do white guys who emerged from Independence Hall 227 years ago today, September 17, 1787, to give America, as Benjamin Franklin famously put it, “a republic, if you can keep it.”

Since t… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 6, 2014 9:38AM

S&P Downgrades Supply-Side Economics

It won’t be long now before the Right Wing Noise Machine – what Harper’s editor Louis Lapham once called the “tentacles of rage” – begins wheezing and snorting into high gear as slavish apologists for Wall Street’s power and privilege hysterically denounce St… Read full post »

 As a belated commemoration of Labor Day, and in recognition of the fact that the growing imbalance between capital and labor along with growing income inequality has primed the American public for a thorough-going debate on first principles such as the nature of "private" property andRead full post »

AUGUST 29, 2014 11:37AM

The Neo-Conservative Moment

Having re-learned the hard way from bitter experience in Iraq and Afghanistan that nation-building at the point of a gun is a fool’s errand, the question for American policy-makers today is how far is it prudent for America to go in using force to prevent atrocities in the short-run knowing&nbs… Read full post »

AUGUST 26, 2014 2:54PM

Taking On Snobs

Throughout most of the country (but especially in the all-created-equal Midwest) when someone asks you where you went to school it's most likely to ascertain your football allegiance, whether it's "Roll Tide!" Alabama, "War Eagle!" Auburn, "Go Blue!" Michigan or those crazed Ohio State Buckeyes w… Read full post »

When Barack Obama accepted his party's nomination for re-election in 2012, the 44th president leaned on the 16th, quoting Abraham Lincoln when he said: "I have been driven to my knees many times by the overwhelming conviction that I had no place else to go."

This would not be the… Read full post »

AUGUST 18, 2014 11:54AM

Bi-partisanship in the Bay State

Anyone who is anyone in Massachusetts politics subscribes to CommonWealth magazine, the quarterly public policy publication of the nonpartisan Massachusetts Institute for a New Commonwealth.

"MassINC" and CommonWealth magazine are the sort of good government, do-gooder institutions you'd expect to f… Read full post »

AUGUST 1, 2014 10:11AM

The Mindful Society

Fifty years after President Lyndon Johnson summoned Americans to build one, a "Great Society" remains beyond our reach at a time when parties and even nations are fracturing. But Dr. Jeffrey Sachs, Director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University, thinks we can at least be a "mindful" one.

Sou… Read full post »

JULY 28, 2014 11:11AM

Conservatives Facing Mid-life Crisis

Some American males, it seems, are facing a mid-life crisis that does not involve faster cars or younger women.  Older Baby Boomers who have been for most of their adult lives political independents, or centrists or even moderate conservatives are now entering their twilight years as pissed… Read full post »

JULY 25, 2014 12:22PM

A Plague On Both Your Houses?

In 1992, shortly after helping William Weld become the first Republican in a generation to be elected Governor of Massachusetts, I co-wrote a book about the GOP revival in the Bay State titled Time for a Change.

My co-author and I had our 15 minutes of fame. There was… Read full post »