In any war it's critical to carefully brand your opponent, and in the war over climate change and what to do about it, the "climate deniers" have won the branding battle.
Polemic sells. I've made a profit off it for years, and I'm not sorry. But while some of it may be thoughtful or amusing, we must recognize inflammatory speech as nothing more than a rhetorical vessel and stop allowing it to dominate our entire discourse.
I know that Sarah Palin tends to like saying things she knows will piss off people who think rationally (or at all), so that they'll express their indignation and she can fundraise off of it.
As long as Obama sits in the White House, the slavery comparison to anything the right wants to attack and everything that it connotes will always be a serviceable term to toss out with the secure knowledge that it will jangle the desired chord among Palin's GOP fan club and sadly many beyond.
"Meat is something we all understand, and, I might add, enjoy. No one has to shove it down our throats. We want to eat meat. This is exactly how our health care system should operate. Rare, medium rare, medium, well done. That kind of thing. Choices, Matt, choices."
There's no way to attain the American dream anymore for young and old alike unless the overall debt problem in America, not just the national debt, is brought under control. In economic terms, this debt is truly enslaving our children.
Voters who disapprove of Congress should "throw out the bums" who create the conditions that voters despise, and should defeat do-nothing and obstruct-everything Republicans in Washington.
The government shutdown made it clear that Palinism is alive and well, if not the dominant philosophy in the Republican Party. Republicans want to fight for "something," even if they can't say what it is.
In separate though kindred acts of political and cultural theatre, both Ms. Palin and Mr. West detached aspects of American history from their original contexts and assigned different meanings and significance to them.
Though Monsieur Cruz, the Ivy League-educated Canadian, was preceded by the erratic and inglorious Rand Paul, the Lone Star pol has taken imbalanced and out-of-touch to new heights.
Women feel they must choose between killing their upward mobility or killing their feet. Being pain-free or being respected. Feeling confident or feeling lost in the crowd.
As numerous problems have been revealed and the overwhelming body of evidence shows major technological problems, the administration rolled out anecdotal stories of successful people signing up and being happy. As if this was supposed to convince folks that all is well.
Politics seems to be one of the few places where a lack of experience, or even more, a disdain for experience, is being treated as an asset rather than a liability.
Are Americans becoming less religious? While church affiliation is probably declining, don't expect the atheist revolution anytime soon: Over one half of young Americans now believe in the notion that invisible, non-corporeal entities called "demons" can take control of human beings.
The Tea Party in particular, judging by the words and actions of many in this radical right-wing faction, seem sickened by the fact that a black man lives in the White House.