- 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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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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
(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,… Read full post »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 Beast… Read full post »
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 »
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 »
It seems puzzling that Harvard University would grant tenure, let alone appoint someone to be the chairman of its economics department, who fundamentally doesn't believe in economics. But there it is, all spelled out in a much talked about new paper, "Defending the One Percent," by Harvard economics… Read full post »
Poaching on the labor of others is an ancient and honored Southern tradition, whose antebellum antecedents Texas Governor Rick Perry has recently brought up-to-date with a $1 million advertising campaign to encourage businesses to pack up and come on down to the Lone Star State where the… Read full post »
(Note: Today marks the 150th anniversary of Day 2 of the climatic Battle of Gettysburg, fought July 1-3, 1863. Fighting on Day 2 was concentrated along the Union left flank and featured such famous locations as Devil's Den, the Peach Orchard, The Wheatfield and Li… Read full post »
Mississippi is the poorest state in the nation. The gap between rich and poor has been the fastest growing over the past generation of any other in the Union. One in five non-elderly Mississippi residents lacks health insurance.
The state's governor and its bosses in the Republican-controlled state… Read full post »
There is no future in the Republican Party for self-reflection.
Consider the case of Louisiana Republican Governor Bobby Jindal. As the New Republic’s Alec MacGillis reports, barely had the last executive jet departed Boston’s Logan Airport with its cargo of crestfallen Mitt Romney… Read full post »
There is no future in the Republican Party for self-reflection.Consider the case of Louisiana Republican Governor Bobby Jindal. As the New Republic’s Alec MacGillis reports, barely had the last executive jet departed Boston’s Logan Airport with its cargo of crestfallen Mitt Romney…
When was the last time you saw a Republican in these fractious, bitterly polarized times hold up a T-shirt that read: "Some of our best friends are Democrats!"
You would have if you were present in the House Chamber on Thursday as former Governor Bill Weld joined… Read full post »