Condoleezza Rice endorses Sessions for AG: How upside-down is that?

It is shocking to learn that Condoleezza Rice has endorsed Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions for US Attorney General. The former Secretary of State’s decision to support Sessions is incongruous and bizarre, to say the least, especially given Rice’s personal, childhood history with racism and racial violence. Here’s some background. For starters, Sessions has a troubling…

gerrymandering

Gerrymandering: A litmus test for honesty

Republicans like to talk about honesty; frequently that means being brash and politically incorrect. It’s incumbent for Democrats to see honesty as telling the truth. There are lies and then there are evasions. No one is better at that than Kellyanne Conway, Donald Trump’s “explainer-in-chief.” She can go hand-to-hand with Rachel Maddow for the better…

Holman rule

Holman rule: Purging federal employees

Republicans in Congress are binge-ing and purging–but their disorder isn’t of the eating variety. They are binge-ing on power and setting the stage–via passage of the Holman Rule–for political purging of federal employees. I’ve just called my U.S. Congressional Representative, Republican Ann Wagner. I called to register my protest against the Holman Rule, which was…

demagogue

How do you stop a demagogue? No easy answers

Now that the Electoral College has failed—not unexpectedly—in its wished-for mission to stop a demagogue from becoming President of the United States, we need to think more practically. Are there any techniques that have worked in other eras or in other democracies threatened by demagogues? Unfortunately, reading up on the world history of demagogues, I’m…

Welcome to American pollutocracy

Newly elected Presidents do not obtain formal power for over two months, but it feels like they gain control immediately. Their major appointments and legislative recommendations reveal looming ideological priorities far more than bombastic campaign rhetoric. For many of us, discouragement eroded hope when the Obama administration announced before the inauguration that private insurance companies…

Questions

Political quotes: Unanswerable questions

This quotation from a bona fide scientist offers a fitting reproach to the anti-science Republicans who want us to live in their don’t-question-me world. It’s the latest in our long-running series of quotes that remind us, over and over, that everything ends up being political, whether we like it or not. We’re always on the…