Category: History

Oct 18 2017

Half-baked, spurious nationalism

Remarks by Senator John McCain at 2017 Liberty Medal ceremony

October 16, 2017

 

Important!

Washington, D.C. ­– U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) delivered the following remarks after being awarded the National Constitution Center’s annual Liberty Medal. Vice President Joe Biden, Chairman of the National Constitution Center’s Board of Trustees, presented the 2017 Liberty Medal to Senator McCain for his lifetime of sacrifice and service to the nation:

 

“Thank you, Joe, my old, dear friend, for those mostly … [more]

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Oct 17 2017

Because a few inky wretches say so

Important!

Hot Springs, Arkansas, with its deep lakes and “sin city” notoriety, is the unnatural habitat of an odd clan of shallow-thinking, obsessive letter writers (I’d throw in fundamentalist, too, but that would just be piling on tautological tomfoolery).  Little brother Lloyd Hoffman (endlessly quoting Billy’s boy Franklin Graham) and little sister Mary Robinson (what’s up with her “America, bless God” adieus?) are just two that come to mind…

My latest response to these self-righteous christianists was published in the … [more]

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Oct 06 2017

Distinguished intellectual tradition

Let’s be honest about the Second Amendment

By Matthew Walther, October 6, 2017

 

The Second Amendment clearly and definitively does not say what so many gun-rights absolutists in America claim it does. This is interesting when you consider conservatives’ otherwise consistent adherence to constitutional originalism.

Consider, for instance, that one of the soundest, if clearly not the most persuasive, arguments made against legalized abortion in this country is that the actual text of the 14th Amendment, so far … [more]

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Oct 05 2017

Here in Arkansas

Stifling dissent

By Ernest Dumas, September 28, 2017

 

Whenever Donald Trump in his serial bouts with failure decides he must re-energize his base of white nationalists by doing things like demonizing black athletes who protest discrimination, the mainstream press falls for it and gives him maximum space and time. We’re addicted.

Who could pass up the president’s words at an Alabama political rally: “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, … [more]

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Aug 28 2017

Turning America into a giant Glastonbury

Maybe Trump is a kind of cry for help from the Earth, a human flare

By Frankie Boyle, Sunday 27 August 2017 04.00 EDT

 

So are we heading for a Mad Max-style future? I don’t think so. After having lived through Donald Trump we’ll surely just call him Max. Trump is behaving so strangely, we’re probably about a month away from not being allowed to make jokes about him. He’s gone past Charlie Sheen and we’re now … [more]

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Jul 05 2017

Self-deception started early

Howard Zinn’s July 4 Wisdom Stands the Test of Time

By Howard Zinn, July 4, 2017

 

Important!

Editor’s Note: The late historian and Progressive columnist Howard Zinn shared these words with us back in 2006. Eleven years later, for July 4, 2017, his message is still just as compelling A World War II bombardier, Zinn was the author of the best-selling book A People’s History of the United States.

 

On this July 4, we would do … [more]

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Jul 02 2017

America’s first civil war

The Scars of Our Nation’s Violent Birth

By George Will, July 1, 2017 8:00 PM

 

Philadelphia — Some American history museums belabor visitors with this message: You shall know the truth and it shall make you feel ashamed of, but oh-so-superior to, your wretched ancestors. The new Museum of the American Revolution is better than that. Located near Independence Hall, it celebrates the luminous ideas affirmed there 241 Julys ago, but it does not flinch from this fact: … [more]

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