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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JANUARY 19, 2013 10:17AM

Faith v. Democracy

"Truth is truth and does not change because of the Mob." So says a fundamentalist friend of mine, call her Lori, from my days long ago at Montgomery Catholic High, deep in the Heart of red state Dixie.

Lori and I picked up right where we left off… Read full post »

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JANUARY 8, 2013 5:17PM

Conservative Political Correctness

As required class reading, I am tempted to assign to George F. Will an essay in December's American Conservative written by former Reagan economic adviser and Republican apostate Bruce Bartlett, called "Revenge of the Reality-based Community."  In it, Bartlett chronicles his excommunication from… Read full post »

When Republicans talk about a "Big Tent" nowadays it's not to welcome newcomers but to shelter refugees who've either been pushed out or fled by themselves (like me) rather than take part in a party intent on making itself over into a leaner, if meaner, political machine.… Read full post »

The Tea Party Republicans who mutinied against their own House Speaker rather than raise taxes on the wealthy even a little bit are cut from the very same cloth as the leadership of a National Rifle Association whose answer to gun violence is to give everyone a gun. Both… Read full post »

DECEMBER 22, 2012 10:36AM

When Children Pay For Our Sins

Aberfan Disaster, October 21, 1966

Aberfan Disaster, October 21, 1966

The deaths of 20 small children at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut last week was sufficiently shocking to dislodge from my memory reminders of another appalling tragedy that horrified me when I was just a boy, and continues to haunt… Read full post »

DECEMBER 19, 2012 2:45PM

Republicans Ambush Labor in Michigan

It takes a lot to get Theodore J. St. Antoine mad. But what really got my Uncle Ted's Irish up (our family hails from County Roscommon) was Michigan Governor Rick Snyder conspiring with the Republican-controlled legislature to turn the ancestral home of American labor into a "right-to-work"… Read full post »

DECEMBER 16, 2012 9:09AM

When Conservatives Play God

Former Democratic Chairman Howard Dean wondered aloud the other day whether Republicans even believe in democracy. Dean said he had his doubts after listening to Republican campaign consultant Scott Tranter (whose company was paid more than $3,000 by the Romney campaign) state matter-of-factly du… Read full post »

There were two noteworthy occurrences in the US Senate this week. The first was the Senate's rejection along party lines of a UN treaty aimed at creating equal opportunity for disabled people around the world. The second was firebrand South Carolina Senator Jim DeMint's bombshell announcement tha… Read full post »

Who is in charge here, anyway? That, more than sequestered spending or how much we raise in new taxes, will be the most important question resolved by this "fiscal cliff" stand-off between President Obama and the GOP.

More than Republicans and Democrats forging an elusive consensus… Read full post »

DECEMBER 4, 2012 9:40AM

GOP: America's "Ruling Class?"

Forget the fiscal "cliff." The metaphor which best describes the Republican predicament today is: "caught between a rock and a hard place."

In August 2011, Republicans put the full faith and credit of the United States at risk in order to blackmail Democrats into paying ransom on budget cuts th… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 30, 2012 10:56AM

Susan Collins No Independent Moderate

I have always thought that Maine Senator Susan Collins reputation as a moderate voice of bi-partisan reasonableness was vastly overblown. That prejudice was confirmed again this week as Collins prostituted her credibility as a centrist to the gang bang Republicans, led by John McCain and Lindsey Gr… Read full post »

When Hostess swirled its last cupcake and packed its last cream-filled Twinkie, conservatives like George F. Will were quick to scold striking workers for not swallowing a 50% wage cut and surrendering to the reality that "market forces will have their way."

And when Bain Capital bought and then out… Read full post »

Conservatives always need their dragons to slay. And so, to fully appreciate the furor which has erupted on the Right over the tragic deaths of four Americans at that remote consulate in Benghazi on September 11th it is necessary to recall the right wing outrage four years ago when the Obama… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 17, 2012 12:16PM

Angry Republicans Shout Out Rebel Yell

At least when disconsolate Democrats lose an election they have the good manners to leave the country. When Republicans lose, on the other hand, they arrogantly think they're entitled to take the country with them.

Now that President Obama has defied Fox News' predictions and won a… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 14, 2012 10:19AM

Two Views of the Republican Party's Future

If Republicans are ever going to be a national governing party again they will need people like James A. Peyser in their corner.

In Sunday's Boston Globe, the one-time education adviser to three Massachusetts Republican governors says it is not enough for moderate Republicans like Scott Brown (and e… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 10, 2012 9:33AM

GOP a Dying White Men's Party

The rush to buy Canadian real estate after an American presidential election is how the devastated supporters of the losing side commonly begin their five stages of grief.

But in 2012, Republicans got an early start on denial as even experienced conservative pros like George F. Will were… Read full post »

The hidden winner in last night's historic election may be Republican House Speaker John Boehner whose home state of Ohio put President Barack Obama over the top for a second term.

If Boehner plays his cards right he may be able to reprieve the role made famous by Democratic Speaker… Read full post »

All you really need to know about the state of American politics today is that President Obama has been pilloried by Republicans for the past four years as a wild-eyed radical because he is a staunch defender of the status quo.

In a sane world such continuity would mark Barack… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 3, 2012 9:47AM

Romney, Bain Create Own 47% "Victims"

Here's the 47% Question: If the hedge fund founded by the Republican candidate for president buys a company in a small Midwestern town and then sends all its jobs to China, do those workers thereby become the "victims" Mitt Romney had in mind when he dismissed those who "do not take… Read full post »

OCTOBER 30, 2012 8:46PM

Climate Change No Laughing Matter

Some men fiddle while Rome burns while others laugh as it drowns. Mitt Romney thinks all this talk of rising sea levels is a joke, as he allowed in his acceptance speech last summer when he poked fun at President Obama for calling for greater efforts to combat… Read full post »

OCTOBER 25, 2012 3:21PM

"It's the Auto Industry Stupid"

The funniest line from the third and final debate between President Obama and Mitt Romney wasn't the President's riff about "horses and bayonets" which he used to sink Mitt Romney's hilarious accusation the US Navy has gone to rot on Obama's watch because America has fewer dreadnaughts than it d… Read full post »

OCTOBER 23, 2012 11:17AM

Romney Fails Commander-in-Chief Test

A fly on the wall as the two families mingled pleasantly onstage following the third and final presidential debate in Boca Raton last night might have overheard President Obama asking Mitt Romney if the Republican challenger would like to become his press secretary.

"You make the case for my foreign… Read full post »

OCTOBER 20, 2012 11:38AM

Romney to Obama: Sit Down and Shut Up

When the fast-talking, deal-closing Mitt Romney steamrolled President Obama in Debate # 1, liberals may have grumbled about the somnambulant moderator, Jim Lehrer, and marveled at the shameless metamorphosis into "Moderate Mitt" which their right wing rival was attempting to pull off. But by and larg… Read full post »

OCTOBER 18, 2012 9:56AM

Do We Want a President or a Boss?

So, this is what plutocracy looks like.

No character is more reviled in the conservative movement's rogue's gallery of villainy than the union "boss."  He's the corrupt and corpulent operator who brings healthy companies to grief with his irresponsible demands. He's the ideological enforcer who… Read full post »

Somewhere Woody Allen is smiling. If the Oscar-winning actor/director was watching last night's debate between President Obama and Mitt Romney he surely recognized the surprise appearance of a "Marshall McLuhan Moment."  

You know the moment I am talking about, the one made famous in Allen's AnRead full post »