Saturday November 28, 2015
August 27th, 2015
It has dawned on the Republican presidential field that Donald Trump's inevitable self-destruction might be, gulp, evitable. Waiting for the unlikely front-runner to beat himself is starting to look like a plan, as Trump might put it, for total losers.
So the other candidates are trying various strategies to seize the initiative. Thus far, nothing seems to work.
As much of the Republican faithful look for a 2016 presidential nominee not named Trump, Gov. John Kasich of Ohio is rising in the polls with a message that the previous GOP president peddled with success in the 2000 election.
Now that two women are graduating from the legendary Ranger school, can we get back to reality?
Yes, it is impressive that these women conquered the Army's 62-day equivalent of the men's Hunger Games, crawling, walking and running over mountains, into the air and through swamps.
The best way to view the chaotic end to Virginia's special legislative session on congressional redistricting is through the words of French novelist Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr's famous epigram "the more things change, the more they stay the same."
We have been here before, Virginia.
The central assumption of democracy -- beyond the assumption of fair elections, which is disturbingly questionable -- is that voters are the possessors of their own "interests," and vote for the candidate most sympathetic to them.
But of course those interests are fair game for advertising, bombast and propaganda -- and the psychology of fear.
Jeb Bush has a legacy problem. Its name is George. Two presidents named George Bush, to be exact. The problem is that Jeb focuses attention on the wrong relative, his brother, President George W. Why not his father, President George H.W.? Isn't he the one with the more appealing legacy?
When I served on a large urban school board we had all manner of complaints about "all those do nothing high paid folk downtown." Of course, they were referring to the central office support staff that provided the classroom teachers with the latest subject matter information, teaching techniques, regulations and miscellaneous assistance designed to help in the mission of teaching in a very complex world.
Rand Paul said something funny the other day. No, really — although of course it wasn’t intentional. On his Twitter account he decried the irresponsibility of American fiscal policy, declaring, “The last time the United States was debt free was 1835.”
Many find politics frustrating because problems that seemed to be solved in one generation crop up again years or decades later. The good thing about democracy is that there are no permanent defeats. The hard part is that some victories have to be won over and over.
Millions of Americans travel overseas every year, whether it’s across the border to the Canadian side of Niagara Falls or Tijuana or to more exotic locales. But nobody expects to die violently while abroad, and especially not a 17-year old.
That’s what happened to Alex Villamayor.