Kerry's experience in Vietnam, where visceral ideological attitudes prevailed over rational analysis, prompted him to advocate for a more realistic course. Kerry has sought to correct the foreign policy mistakes that led to the fiasco in Indochina, learning to value diplomacy and engagement.
If Republican leaders begin to act more like public servants and less like non-thinking fundamentalist soldiers, we might begin to repair our political system. If not, their absolutism will plunge us into unspeakable economic darkness.
Beyond the immediate implications of tactical policy, conservatives are grappling with a much larger choice of ideology. The right is entering into, whether they realize it or not, a referendum on the definition of American Exceptionalism.
Bachmann's inflated version of John Quincy Adams's antislavery record exemplifies how she and other Tea Party advocates remold the past into a founding-era-Disneyland version bolstering their political agenda.
Suddenly I heard it: the Quaker in Oprah. The emphasis on a light inside each of us is the central Quaker concept of the way God works. Oprah's theology in a kind of a mass media sermon seemed to be a fresh way of putting those things.
There remains an unfortunate and irrefutable perception in the Muslim world that Americans only pay lip service to their own ideals of freedom. Fortunately, President Obama's defense of the Cordoba House helps to change that.
It's unsurprisingly hypocritical for Richard Painter, who was in the thick of some of Bush era political chicanery in Rove's West Wing, to attack Obama and use his administration as the poster-child for partisan opportunism.
While Washington is all a-twitter over two society climbers crashing the gates at an Obama soirée, in the grand sweep of history, it was a fairly minor event. No one was in danger, and no real harm was done, nobody got dosed with LSD.