Tuesday December 01, 2015
October 1st, 2015
Jeb Bush wants you to know that he's not running for president in order to give "free stuff" to black folks. I don't have a problem with that, as long as he says he won't give any "free stuff" to white folks, either.
That's right, Jeb. It's only fair. Tell us, the American voters, that you won't give any of us any free stuff. Your lavish campaign donations will dry up like spilled lemonade in a desert.
During his historic U.S. visit, Pope Francis made headlines for speaking truth to power at the United Nations and the Capitol.
But the “people’s pope” also addressed the powerless. Everywhere he went, he called on Americans to treat our undocumented immigrants better. In Washington, he dined with the homeless. In Philadelphia, he went out of his way to meet with survivors of clergy sex abuse and visit incarcerated people.
Ten years ago, did you imagine that Planned Parenthood would be the center of our national political life? No, 10 years ago we were just worried about George W. Bush and high oil prices. Sometimes I miss high oil prices.
I greeted the pope’s visit with enthusiasm. I might not be Catholic, but I appreciate Francis for his humility, his kindness, and his call for action to address the climate crisis.
Then I heard the shocking news: During his visit, Pope Francis canonized Father Junipero Serra.
If you aren’t from California, your response to this development might be, “Who?”
With his gentle grace, disarming humility, and penchant for saying “God bless America” like he means it, Pope Francis appeared to sweep Washington off its feet. Cheering throngs accompanied his every move. The powerful and powerless alike made a fuss.
Take Senator Lisa Murkowski, an Alaska Republican who cherishes the oil industry. She swooned over “the love that this man radiates” after Francis blessed her rosary beads.
Why shouldn't Republican party actors choose Donald Trump, Carly Fiorina or Ben Carson as their nominee for president? That's simple: They have the wrong talents for the job.
You don't need someone who is correct on policy as you see it (that's easy to find). You want someone who is a master politician -- someone who has a particular skill set to succeed at the job.
Who says there's no bipartisan consensus in the United States? Based on their campaign promises so far, if any of the leading contenders for the Republican and Democratic presidential nominations actually wins in November 2016, Obamacare as we know it is doomed.
In 1992, independent candidate Ross Perot chose Admiral James Stockdale, a complete unknown, as his presidential running mate. In his first debate, the VP candidate began by asking two good questions: “Who am I? Why am I here?”
It's said that faith can move mountains. Perhaps Pope Francis moved House Speaker John Boehner to step down by urging Congress to break out of its partisan paralysis.
The pope said among other things that "the contemporary world ... demands that we confront every form of polarization" that divides it. As he spoke, Boehner. sitting behind him on the rostrum of the House chamber, characteristically fought back tears.