Despite Ron Paul's "strong" second-place finish, our great pundits have dismissed him, and Bachmann is a darling while he is a pariah. Bachmann and Paul -- if there is a difference, it is one without a distinction.
Need refreshment from the summer heat? A respite from the debt ceiling debacle? A break from the sense that all the hope was for naught? Read the book that turned America's colonial rebellion into a revolution.
John McCain's latest war gospel hangs an alarming tale. The rule of law has been dethroned and the president has been endowed with absolute power as the American Empire has eclipsed the American Republic.
Here's John Adams on Thomas Paine's famous 1776 pamphlet "Common Sense": "What a poor, ignorant, malicious, short-sighted, crapulous mass." Then comes Paine on Adams: "John was not born for immortality."
The afterlife of the man once called "Tom Paine with a guitar" has, for the last 30 years, paralleled that of Tom Paine himself. Both Ochs and Paine were discarded by their respective mainstream worlds.
Tom Jefferson preferred marijuana to tobacco, or to any other crop he grew. He wrote his wonderful Declaration on paper made from it. Ben Franklin built an entire mill that used hemp as its primary stock.
The very first phrase of this nation's defining document, the Bill of Rights, says: "Judaeo-Christian? Not a chance." It is the humanistic liberalism of America's Founders that still enraged the neo-Puritan GOP.
The United States should have anticipated the predator drone blow-back. The 1770 Boston Massacre occasioned but five American deaths, but engendered colonial hatred of the British that cascaded throughout the colonies.
In viewing health care reform here, we should all consider the case of the sudden legislative birth of England's historic sanitary reform, which was suddenly enacted in a little more than 2 weeks after years of dithering.