Ted Frier

Ted Frier
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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DECEMBER 22, 2013 9:34AM

A More Enlightened Capitalism

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 »

DECEMBER 17, 2013 11:50AM

Conservative Hypocrisy and Justice

After Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid detonated the so-called "nuclear option" to dislodge the Republican logjam on Obama Administration judicial appointments, a Tea Party reader of the Washington Post insisted GOP Senators were "correct" to filibuster what he calls "the attempt to change this… Read full post »

DECEMBER 11, 2013 6:12AM

Culture War Redux

Leave it to Linda Greenhouse, Supreme Court reporter for the New York Times, to put her finger squarely on the main issue to be determined in this year's session when the Supreme Court takes up the question of whether for-profit companies can, as she says, "claim a religious… Read full post »

DECEMBER 5, 2013 6:05AM

Obamacare Woes Let GOP Back Into Game

The Affordable Care Act seems far more proficient at producing historical analogies than it does premium-paying subscribers.

When "Obamacare" was just winding its way through Congress back in 2010, then-Republican Senator Jim DeMint of South Carolina, the Robespierre of the revolutionary Tea Part… Read full post »

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NOVEMBER 26, 2013 6:25AM

Tyranny Of The Minority

US Senators behaving like talk radio bloviators is never a pretty sight.

But that was the undignified example Tennessee Republican Lamar Alexander set on Friday when he insisted a rule change on the filibuster by Senate Democrats to restrict the minority's obstruction was "the most dangerous rest… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 23, 2013 7:34AM

The Violence of Faction

I suppose I have my dissimilar and widely dispersed family to thank for the admiration (and sympathy) I've always felt for the Founding Fathers and what they were able to accomplish when they stitched 13 squabbling colonies together into a single America of united states.

When James… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 13, 2013 9:37AM

November 22, 1963

There's not much about my life at age six I remember.  But I do remember where I was when I first heard John F. Kennedy had died.  

It was at the Hotel Normandie in Evreaux, France. My father, a C-130 pilot with the 39th Troop Carrier Squadron, had just… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 7, 2013 8:56PM

The Republican Civil War

For the longest time now I’ve been describing the modern Republican Party as a coalition of plutocrats and right wing populists, two factions that reside at opposite ends of the socio-economic spectrum but which, for very different reasons, share the common objective of dismantling the federal… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 2, 2013 10:01AM

Wal-Mart U.S.A.

When the history of the last 100 years is written, one of its darkest chapters will be devoted to the devastation wrought by the de-industrialization of America.

In just the eight years from 2002 to 2010, more than 43,000 factories were closed and eight million jobs lost,… Read full post »

OCTOBER 26, 2013 9:12AM

The Fracturing of America

A good-natured debate that went into the wee hours of the morning with a friend of mine who harbors Tea Party sympathies impressed upon me just how deep the divisions are that exist between our parties and how vast is the gulf of misunderstanding.

Who's to tell… Read full post »

The solution for America's infirm politics may be as unconventional as the times. After 30 years of steady drift to the right, America's democracy has now reached a point where we functionally have three political parties vying for power in Washington.

First is the old Democratic Party. Second is th… Read full post »

OCTOBER 5, 2013 12:11PM

Tea Party "Newspeak"

What is "class warfare?" It is "a technique by which teachers, nurses, firemen, and cashiers are believed to be oppressing derivatives traders and CEOs, which includes unreasonably complaining that their wages aren't keeping up with the cost of their health insurance."

How about "empower?" If an… Read full post »

OCTOBER 3, 2013 9:45AM

Tom DeLay's Evil Spawn

Republicans have seen that refusing to compromise does not poll well. So, they are insisting that President Obama sit down with them, forthwith, to discuss how quickly Democrats can capitulate to their non-negotiable demands.

How did we arrive at such a place? Think of it as Tom… Read full post »

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SEPTEMBER 20, 2013 2:16PM

Wake Up 99%!

Who among us hasn't shaken our heads from time to time at the appallingly low percentage of Americans able to name their congressman or woman, locate Ohio on a map or accurately place the American Civil War on a historical timeline - much less in the right century?… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 14, 2013 8:30AM

When Populism is Unpopular

It's amazing how unpopular populism can be once plutocrats and their publicists get their hands on it.  

Take Michael Harrington, policy analyst and professor of political economy at UCLA, who is also contributor of economic research for such conservative-leaning outfits as the Reason Foundat… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 11, 2013 6:03AM

The Legacy of 9/11

(Note: The following is a re-post of my reflections on 9/11 that first ran on the 10th anniversasry of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001). 

It was impossible to read the retrospectives and commentaries on the 10th anniversary of the September 11,

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Back when I was a precocious 20 year-old who fancied himself an up-and-coming intellectual, I bit off way more than I could chew when I attempted to conquer Arnold Toynbee's 10-volume A Study in History. I soon gave up in exhaustion and despair.

Quite a few critics thought… Read full post »

AUGUST 30, 2013 7:52PM

God Colors Outside The Lines

The subject of Father Scott's homily on Sunday was "tunnel vision," something our local parish priest knows a lot about since it was not until he was in his twenties and well out of high school that Father Scott finally got his driver's license. "Tunnel vision," said the… Read full post »

AUGUST 27, 2013 6:37AM

Another Conservative Defection?

Has Jennifer Rubin, resident Washington Post neoconservative scold, suddenly had a change of heart? Has she had an epiphany and seen the errors of her shrill and demagogic ways? Like so many conservative intellectuals and "RINO" Republican moderates before her,  has Rubin finally lost patienc… Read full post »

AUGUST 21, 2013 8:02PM

GOP Gets The "Gimmies"

The best political book of the summer turned out to be the one I sometimes read as a bedtime story at home -- The Berenstain Bears Get the Gimmies by the late Stan and Jan Berenstain.

"Selfish, greedy cubs can never be happy because you just can't have everything… Read full post »

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AUGUST 8, 2013 12:20PM

Moderate Republicans In Denial

Mickey Edwards steals a page from those early Progressives who believed the cure for democracy was more democracy.  Joining a long list of Republican "reformers" who are trying mightily to help the GOP avoid a rendezvous with hostile demographics, the one-time Oklahoma Congressman wants to scra… Read full post »

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JULY 29, 2013 4:38PM

GOP's Impossible Lift On Race

I am no big fan of Kirsten Powers. She is one of those right-of-center nominal "Democrats" who Fox News likes to hire as "political analysts" so that Roger Ailes' right wing propaganda machine can bask in the glow of bi-partisan credibility and respectibility. But in last week's Daily BeastRead full post »

JULY 20, 2013 12:29PM

It's Politics Stupid!

In May 2009, former International Monetary Fund chief economist Simon Johnson wrote an important essay in The Atlantic on the origins and implications of the 2008 financial collapse, called "The Quiet Coup."

The financial gloom that swept over the US economy at the twilight of the George W. Bush… Read full post »

New York Times columnist Paul Krugman turns out to be an amateur piker when it comes to ad hominem partisan name-calling. So Nick Gillespie, editor of the libertarian journal Reason, shows Krugman how it is done in a 1,000-word temper tantrum in today's Daily Beast that is certain to become a… Read full post »

JULY 16, 2013 9:29AM

Fear Now A License To Kill

Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, or so say conservatives who use the absolute sovereignty of outlook to justify a belief in such perverse ideas as global warming is a hoax, that Saddam Hussein really did have weapons of mass destruction and that President Obama is a foreign b… Read full post »