Every four years we gather together as a nation to choose the leader of the free world -- the only person we elect collectively as one people. Yet when we do we rely on a hiring practice that is so faulty it would be comical if it didn't have such serious repercussions.
Donald Trump is many things -- a demagogue and a pompous blowhard, a braggart and a race baiter--but in the end, he's nobody's fool, except perhaps his own. Thus, his recent lauding of Sarah Palin and his hiring of her former Chief of Staff reveal that Trump's campaign for the presidency is, ultimately, more of a circus act than it is a serious endeavor for the White House.
The reality is that while the number has been decreasing, as recently as a few months ago, there were still more suicides per day among veterans stateside than deaths in active combat overseas (22 per day).
"We're gonna knock your socks off, America!" said Sarah Palin, as she signed napkins for customers at the Lock 'N Load Dinner in Wasilla, Alaska. ...
He's ridin' high in the polls. He's maintained altitude longer than most of the pundits predicted he could or would. And the media is compelled to cover (smother) him as long as his numbers hold. But set aside the circus and prognostications for a moment.
As the campaign continues, voters deserve to know whether each candidate supports reinstating a Glass-Steagall-like law or other concrete proposals that will protect America's hardworking families and take them off the hook for future bailouts.
What if everything Donald Trump was doing or saying in his "serious" bid for the presidency was just a ruse? What if's just a brilliant, cunning scheme, as a closeted Democrat, to ensure the election of Hillary Clinton in 2016?
Donald Trump says exactly what the GOP believes. It's a simple axiom: personal wealth accumulation is everything. It's just that when The Donald expresses their credo, he ignores the shinola and emphasizes the crass.
Donald Trump has since attempted to walk back his remarks; no matter... he said, what he said. Were you to have told brave marines they were heroes, they would not have recounted how smart, wealthy or brave they were, they would have blushed and humbly replied; "we just did our job."
People will validate all kinds of behavior with their attention, their "clicks," their dollars, and sometimes even their votes. That doesn't make said behavior OK. We each are supposed to have an internal moral compass.
Scott Walker is turning his union-busting theory of labor relations into a warmongering theory of U.S. foreign policy.
The Huffington Post gets it right again by relegating the Donald Trump candidacy to entertainment rather than serious politics. For now, Mr. Trump, the caricature of Republican politics is doing what he does best, entertainment.
A "sneak law" attachment to a "must-pass" bill gives sacred Native American land to a foreign mining company. How did this happen?
Trump seems to think he's reenacting the "Swift Boat Veterans for Truth" campaign against John Kerry. But in reality, it's more like the Romney 2012 nomination speech that ignored the military, as well as the former CEO's ineffective battle against McCain for the nomination.
Clearly all of my received wisdom from a lifetime of reality and cinema was wrong. Because Donald Trump has decided that John McCain is no war hero for having spent five and a half years as a tortured guest of the North Vietnamese.
If America doesn't have the stomach for such an open-ended commitment -- and honestly, it's hard to imagine a successful candidacy for the White House in 2016 built around the theme, "Let's Re-invade Iraq" -- the options get much more limited. But there are three things that would make a difference.