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Things I’ve Found to be Thankful for in 2017

Things I’ve Found to be Thankful for in 2017

. by Thomas L. Knapp It’s that time of year, and like most of you I’m planning on a big meal and a lazy afternoon as America celebrates yet another Thanksgiving. Naturally, I’m also thinking back over the previous year and looking for things to be thankful for. I’ve found some. Here are a few […]

The Honest Ads Act: “Fundamental Rights,” Real and Imagined

The Honest Ads Act: “Fundamental Rights,” Real and Imagined

. by Thomas L. Knapp Wikipedia defines “moral panic” as “a feeling of fear spread among a large number of people that some evil threatens the well-being of society” and notes that A Dictionary of Sociology attributes the cultivation of moral panics to “moral entrepreneurs and the mass media.” We’re well into the second year […]

Impeachment Theater, 2017 Edition

Impeachment Theater, 2017 Edition

. by Thomas L. Knapp As US president Donald Trump returned to the White House after a 12-day trip to Asia, he might be forgiven for wishing he’d spent more time seeing the sights of the Far East. Back home he faces a Republican Party torn by scandalous allegations against its candidate for US Senate from […]

Veterans Day: “Appropriate Homage”

Veterans Day: “Appropriate Homage”

. by Thomas L. Knapp In 1926, a concurrent resolution of the US Congress held it “fitting that the recurring anniversary of [the armistice which brought World War One to an end] should be commemorated with thanksgiving and prayer and exercises designed to perpetuate peace through good will and mutual understanding between nations …” In […]

Sorry, Republicans: If You’re Not Cutting Spending, You’re Not Cutting Taxes

Sorry, Republicans: If You’re Not Cutting Spending, You’re Not Cutting Taxes

. by Thomas L. Knapp President Donald Trump and Republican congressional leaders rolled out their new tax plan on November 2. Since all bills must have titles, they’re calling this one “The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.” Republican “tax reform” theatrics have worn thin over  many months of waiting, but I still prefer a more […]

Will the Real Populism Please Stand Up?

Will the Real Populism Please Stand Up?

. by Thomas L. Knapp Writing at The American Conservative, Mike Lofgren tears into the guts of Billionaire at the Barricades: The Populist Revolution from Reagan to Trump, the latest book by Republican political commentator Laura Ingraham. Lofgren’s two key points — that Donald Trump is no populist, and that conservatism is not populism — […]

Twitter versus RT: Which One is State Media Again?

Twitter versus RT: Which One is State Media Again?

. by Thomas L. Knapp America’s New Red Scare escalated in mid-October as the US Department of Justice demanded that the US division of television network RT (formerly known as Russia Today) register as a “foreign agent” under the aptly named Foreign Agents Registration Act. The obvious purpose of DoJ’s demand is to keep the […]

What Difference at This Point Does the Trump Dossier Make? None.

What Difference at This Point Does the Trump Dossier Make? None.

. by Thomas L. Knapp ‘Twixt and ‘tween daily news on Russiagate (the investigation into alleged “Russian meddling” in the 2016 election on behalf of Donald Trump) and Uraniumgate (the investigation into Russian bribes paid to a number of people, quite likely including Hillary Clinton, to smooth US government approvals for buying a good deal […]

The Cure for Weinstein is a Cultural Change

The Cure for Weinstein is a Cultural Change

. by Thomas L. Knapp How many women did Harvey Weinstein victimize?  When did he  start down the continuum leading from Hollywood’s shamefully tolerated “casting couch”  overtures to  increasingly flagrant sexual harassment, and finally (if we believe his accusers, as I think we should) open sexual assault? We’ll probably never know. But one thing we […]

Hillary Clinton: Cold Creepiness with a Side of Corruption

Hillary Clinton: Cold Creepiness with a Side of Corruption

. by Thomas L. Knapp On October 16, failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton took her public pity party (and not so subtle hopes of somehow magically overturning the 2016 election) abroad, calling out WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange as “a tool of Russian intelligence …. a kind of nihilistic opportunist who does the bidding of a […]