Opinion / Columnist


How Ben Carson would govern

Beyond Ben Carson’s endless milking of his rags-to-successful-neurosurgeon story and the inane quips about President Obama and Democrats before packs of ultraconservative fawners and groupies, what makes him real political timber, let alone presidential stuff?

The GOP: The wrecking ball party

There are numerous reasons why the GOP has deliberately fostered a poisonous polarization and political gridlock. But the major cause is race — more specifically the rise of the black vote as a crucial factor in American politics generally and ...

Jeb Bush’s Big Lie About “Free Stuff”

Jeb Bush does have a huge campaign war chest. But so far, in his stumbling about the campaign trail, he’s shown he’s got that singular Bush family trait: making the “gaffe” that reveals his true feelings.

The Oregon Massacre Won’t Shake NRA Stranglehold

President Obama, stern and visibly shaken by the Oregon massacre, lambasted the NRA yet again for its suffocating grip on Congress. An equally shaken Democratic presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton, said that she was sickened by the sheep-like willingness of Congress ...

Ben Carson’s Greatest Hits

That Donald Trump and Ben Carson top the pecking order of the GOP presidential primary is a measure of how advanced the disintegration of the Republican Party as a respectable force in American society has become.

Obama still target of GOP hate

Front running GOP Presidential contender Donald Trump doesn't utter the words, “Show me your birth certificate,” in the same breath with President Obama anymore. But then again, he doesn’t have to. He mined that fraudulent birther movement hard and deep ...

Criminalizing black protest — and black people

Criminalizing Americans of color, especially black Americans, has long been a constant of American society.

Black lives and police lives both matter

The sad thing is that from virtually the moment that the black lives matter movement exploded on the scene in the aftermath of the Michael Brown killing in Ferguson, Missouri there has been a low intensity verbal war over whose ...

The GOP’s ‘Enemies’ List’

It’s getting more and more difficult to keep up with the lengthening list of people, groups and nations the Republican Party’s presidency-seekers are designating as targets.

Trump and immigration: constructing a police-state America

At bottom, the plan of Donald Trump, the GOP’s political playboy, to “solve” America’s crisis of undocumented Latino immigration is really quite simple: Turn the US into a police state.

Trump’s trump card: The conservative mob

The fate of the Republican Party’s presidential sweepstakes at the moment is being controlled by two political Frankensteins—both of them of the GOP’s own creation. One, of course, is Donald Trump, the wealthy demagogue who is leading the crowded GOP ...

The GOP debate and the other elephant in the room

The August 6th Fox News-sponsored, two-tiered debate of the GOP presidential primary candidates has shown anew that the Republican Party’s continuing to explore different ways a political party can self-destruct.

The second deadly assault on Sandra Bland

It started within moments after Sandra Bland was found hanging in a Waller County jail cell. And it hasn't let up for one moment since her dubious death. The “it” is the non-stop litany of veiled and not so veiled ...

The GOP “Ideology:” Cruelty as a political weapon

Donald Trump’s bully-boy behavior also revealed something far more worrisome than just his boundless ego and inability to counter in sophisticated fashion the criticism any presidential contender gets. It perfectly reflects what’s become the foundation of Republican Party politics at ...

White racism costs whites, too

The fact that a call for change has followed the interracial protests of the last two years against questionable police killings of black and Hispanic Americans suggests that more and more whites and other people of color understand the “cost” ...