Instead of proposing a liberal alternative, the United States seems to be apologizing. Statements explaining away the actions of ISIS with lack of job opportunities or poor governance can be used to justify genocide. But the strongest indication that America has entered crisis-mode is that it can no longer make its case.
I am Sports Policy Director for League of Fans, a sports reform organization founded by Ralph Nader. In that role, I write position papers, columns, and a blog on what we think are the biggest and most important issues in sports today. I often call for significant change, and that can raise the ire of traditionalists, hence the incendiary labels I receive from some readers.
Four years after Illinois' fiasco with former Gov. Rod Blagojevich's impeachment and trial, Andy Shaw of the Better Government Association says the state has learned from the ordeal. Reforms have been implemented to limit conflicts of interest, stop contract abuses and combat a general culture of corruption.
Inmate education seems like a controversial issue. Cast in economic rather than moral terms, however, there is plenty of common ground. The question is not whether inmates "deserve" to learn like the rest of us, but whether we all benefit if they do. According to every available measure, the answer is yes.
Our country is likely to regret for a long time to come its sleep in the summer of 2014. Indeed, it is in the midst of a tragic world, and it will increasingly be so, the last moment, at least during the term of office of the current president, that finally courageous decisions will have to be made that general cowardice, blindness and procrastination have for more than 20 years now prevented.