Category Archives: Obama and Hope for the Future

The Master Politicians at Work

You may agree with Chris Christie, the rotund (or substantial, if you wish) governor of New Jersey, that teachers are the new Welfare Queens, living high off their fat salaries, with their big pensions, for what is not real work, … Continue reading

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Five Norwegians Can Cause No End of Trouble

There’s that old pop tune everyone covers, I’m a Believer – and Friday, October 9, 2009, that was the tune of the day. Here, the Thursday evening column was on political myths, and one in particular – the useful fiction … Continue reading

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Regarding the Proper Natural Disposition

Okay, if you watch Fox News and the three who speak for all America – Sean Hannity, Bill O’Reilly and Glenn Beck – or if you listen to the man who reminds us all of just who is right and … Continue reading

Posted in Growing Dissatisfaction with Obama, Obama and Hope for the Future, Obama Boring, Obama Respecting Republicans, Obama the Pragmatist, Obama Too Cool, Obama's Temperament, Obama: What Works | Leave a comment

Madness Really Is Overrated

Sometimes you simply have to decide just who’s crazy and who’s not – and whether being crazy might be, after all, the most appropriate response to these times. Fox News has its new star Glenn Beck, with his own form … Continue reading

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Looking at Who We Are

Definitive assessments based on arbitrary standards, or no standards at all, set in stone on an artificial date – we love that sort of thing. It’s American Idol – and your annual performance appraisal at work or your kid’s grades … Continue reading

Posted in American Exceptionalism, Andrew J. Bacevich, CNN National Report Card, Obama and Hope for the Future, Obama and Torture, Obama the Pragmatist, Obama Win Changes How We Think, One Hundred Days of Obama, Torture, War Crimes | Leave a comment

Self-Delusional Ambition, Hope and Daydreams

Mick Jagger and Keith Richards tried to explain it to a whole generation – “You can’t always get what you want, but if you try sometime, yeah, you just might find you get what you need.” No one paid attention … Continue reading

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Confidence without Illusion, or Much Hope

Ah, Reuters is telling us that anger really can kill you:   Anger and other strong emotions can trigger potentially deadly heart rhythms in certain vulnerable people, U.S. researchers said on Monday.   Previous studies have shown that earthquakes, war … Continue reading

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