- April 02
- 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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We can thank Divine Intervention for the fortuitous fact that Charles Koch's whiney, "self-pitying billionaire screed" in the Wall Street Journal against his name-calling liberal detractors (as Jonathan Chait phrased it) arrived on virtually the same day that John Roberts' conservative Supreme Cou… Read full post »
Strong-willed ideologues who are passionate about politics have always been disappointed with a political system that allows power to be monopolized by just two major parties. To these critics of America's two-party system, Republicans and Democrats are Tweedledee and Tweedledum (or Tweedledumber)… Read full post »
It's taken an economic calamity of a magnitude not seen since the Great Depression; the collapse of America's two-party system as the nation's conservative governing partner deteriorates into nihilism and neo-fascism; and the disintegration of the national government into gridlock and dysfunction, bu… Read full post »
You'll find Charles Kuralt's short, 600-word essay, "Place of Sorrows," included in many of the anthologies of great writing handed out to young students who want to be great writers themselves.
"Place of Sorrows" was also featured prominently among the hundreds of segments Kuralt produced for… Read full post »
Most people know that today's CEO's earn 300 times what the average worker does -- compared to the modest 40 to 1 ratio between C-suite and shop floor wages that prevailed not so many years ago -- because industry's top executives now sit on one another's boards and… Read full post »
Of all the injustices of the Obama Age, none has been more infuriating than the ability of Republicans to impose the known failures of "austerity" economics in place of the proven successes of Keynesian-style government stimulus -- and then to saddle Democrats with the blame for the… Read full post »
Does the fact your job was outsourced to China got you down? Do you have trouble sleeping at night now that your company's been liquidated in a hostile takeover? Does being replaced by a robot make you feel unloved? If so, then Arthur Brooks has the answer for… Read full post »
What are the odds I would be lucky enough to see, firsthand, the same ugly sense of entitlement -- the same "get to the back of the bus" disrespect that left the struggle for equal rights an unfinished task even 100 years after the slaves were first set free… Read full post »
I was minding my own business channel surfing when I stumbled upon a disturbing scene carried on (where else?) Fox News. More than 1,500 students from all over the world were gathered in Washington to attend what was billed as the Students for Liberty Conference, whose advertised… Read full post »
I'm not the only one who's noticed that George F. Will is a changed man whose trajectory from Tory to Tea Party conservatism is emblematic of the Republican Party's own descent into what even Will's conservative Washington Post colleague, Michael Gerson, calls the GOP's "fierce anti-government fer… Read full post »
The bigger they are the harder they fall. The higher they climb the greater their fear of falling.
That was the takeaway of a much talked-about piece by Josh Marshall in Talking Points Memo, called "the Brittle Grip," about America's rich and how they've twisted American politics because… Read full post »
More than a decade after Michael Gerson helped to promote it, "compassionate conservatism" has become a bad joke that regularly invites hoots of derision after it was used to elect a president who undermined just about everything "compassionate" conservatism once promised.
Today, 14 years later a… Read full post »
A colleague who is the host of a PBS radio program in Boston gave me an uncorrected proof he'd been sent from the publisher of a forthcoming anthology about the conservative movement called The Big Tent: The Story of the Conservative Revolution - As Told by the Thinkers and Doers Who… Read full post »
The Facebook post was angrily defiant: "Do not be afraid to read this and do not be afraid to agree. If any one wants to call me a racist for sharing the author's sentiments, I'll laugh in your face."
The linked article was a very revealing post on… Read full post »
One hundred years ago last month, Henry Ford launched a revolution in American manufacturing with his now legendary decision to pay Ford workers the heretofore unheard of wage of $5 a day.
Ford's decision, announced in January, 1914, to effectively double the wages of his workers… Read full post »
I guess I once worked for a tyrant, too.
Fourteen years ago, I found myself in exactly the same predicament President Obama's speechwriters were in this week when the President was compelled to give a State of the Union Address utterly devoid of the customary calls… Read full post »
It was probably inevitable that once ill-mannered Republicans like Joe Wilson began misbehaving at ceremonial events such as tonight's annual State of the Union Address (shouting "you lie!" at the President, and all that), even ritual-loving conservatives like George F. Will would feel duty-boun… Read full post »
I'm an INFJ and proud of it!
For those who may be unfamiliar with the Myer's-Briggs personality indicator, that means I am an Introvert, Intuitive, Feeling, Judging kind of guy based on the personality typography first mapped out by Carl Jung in 1921 in his path-breaking work,… Read full post »
Shortly after quitting a quarter-century long congressional career in 1972 due to a debilitating concussion that kept him in and out of hospitals for more than a year, Republican Bill McCulloch received a lengthy handwritten letter from an admirer who thanked him for the role he had… Read full post »
Among the dozens of teachers we have in our lives, only one or two stand out as making a real difference. Last week, I learned that one of mine had died at the age of 80 in her home in Montgomery, Alabama.
Mrs. Alice Orgeta - "Miz O," as she… Read full post »
Republicans have finally gone a bridge too far.
Heretofore, the Republican Party's anti-social pathologies have manifested themselves either in the wholesale trashing of long-standing political norms and civic traditions or in the severing of family ties such as the ugly exhibition of sibling riv… Read full post »
If there is one quote for which Winston Churchill is best remembered it may be his famous quip that: "Democracy is the worst form of government, except for all those other forms that have been tried from time to time."
What is not as well known but most significant about… Read full post »
Far be it from me to complain that concern for equality has finally reached a critical mass. I am as thrilled as anyone that support for a more equal division of the fruits of our labor has finally muscled its way to the center of the national conversation,… Read full post »
Put those dog whistles away. Judging by the hordes of red neck fans who rose up in angry protest after the star of the popular reality show Duck Dynasty was pulled from the airwaves for saying offensive things about blacks and gays, maybe we ought to start referring… Read full post »
Ever since the businessman supplanted the feudal lord as leader of our economies, people have been waiting for capitalism to develop a social conscience to go along with its prodigious powers of production.
Except for a few stubborn Marxist hold-outs among the faculties of economics and political… Read full post »