I now look back to that time and that mentality and realize that, while evil most certainly exists, it takes on its greatest form when we so cavalierly ascribe it to those we perceive as different from us.
It's the season of political misinterpretations and outright lies. Websites like Politifact try to sort things out. But people still seem willing to believe the most negative things about two of our most durable social programs: Social Security and Medicare.
Will Congress and the president stand up to corporate greed in defense of the working stiff and said stiff's family? Let's just say that in light of the president's recent cave in over the EPA, I have my doubts.
The term "perfect storm" is overused now, but it is the perfect metaphor for the violent relationship between people and the environment today. We are experiencing a convergence of factors that are putting us at great risk.
This is no longer a name recognition contest; this is the real deal. Rick Perry appeals to conservative voters and he is electable both in the caucus/primary process and in the general. But he faces a problem: will he peak too soon?
My daughter wouldn't understand why our own country, which ratified women's right to vote 91 years ago, doesn't have the common sense to pass an Equal Rights Amendment, which was first proposed in 1923.
Hilary Rosen & Kellyanne Conway debate who gets credit for our credit downgrade -- a hell-no Tea Party or a big-spending president? Then, are Perry & Bachmann creating a religious test 60 years after Kennedy's Catholicism didn't?
Wow, it sure is amazing what can happen in one week; the entire Republican Primary race has changed. Perry has entered exactly when he needed to, stealing the spotlight from the rest of the candidates.
Michele Bachmann could just as easily have been photographed in a camouflage bikini holding an assault rifle, or biting the heads off chickens at a Klan rally. No photo-op can eclipse Bachmann's own words in accentuating her inherent craziness.