Archive for February, 2013

The New American “Exceptionalism”

Posted on February 21, 2013 by

Barack Obama’s re-election has opened a divide on the American Left.  For many of us, this president represents an epic shift toward a more diverse, tolerant and liberal America – an affirmation of our country’s better nature. While we don’t deny our nation’s severe problems, extreme inequality and historical contradictions, we’re celebrating – even gloating [...]

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Obama’s “Progressive Moral Vision”

Posted on February 15, 2013 by

During the gloomiest days of the Bush era, cognitive scientist George Lakoff explained how conservatives use language to “frame” issues. Republicans’ “values-based” vocabulary, he said, reaches for voters’ emotions to win their support. His 2004 Don’t Think of an Elephant made the rounds among frustrated progressives eager to understand why our right-wing opponents were cleaning [...]

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Obama and Drones (my reply to comments)

Posted on February 8, 2013 by

A devastating terrorist attack against the U.S. during Obama’s first term could have destroyed his presidency and opened the door to a victory by the hard right. I want this president to have the option to target suicide bombers who plot to blow up planes, buses and buildings. Of course, the national security state is [...]

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Obama and Drones

Posted on February 6, 2013 by

Though this might sound like a “cold war liberal” defending CIA-led coups and military interventions, I support President Obama’s drone attacks. And I admit that I’m a hypocrite. If a republican administration were executing these practices, I’d probably join the chorus to condemn them as unconstitutional, authoritarian or worse. But I trust this president’s judgment [...]

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Neo-Confederates and Holocaust Deniers

Posted on February 1, 2013 by

Ninety percent of white voters in Mississippi opposed Barack Obama in the last election.  I was thinking about that when I read Chris Hedges piece about what he calls the “rise of neo-confederate ideology in the south.” A strident critic of American institutions, Hedges is inclined to demonize the “liberal class” – including our president [...]

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