Summary: We watch the campaign to learn about the candidates. But we too are a key part of the game. We help set its rules, style, and form. It reveals much about us, and the New America now under construction on the ruins of the America-that-once-was. During the 1960 campaign against Nixon someone had asked … Continue reading Our choice of a leader reflects our true self. What does 2012 tell about America?
Summary: Americans know so little of our own history, our own politics. So it's fun and educational to play Name That Liberal. This man was one of the 20th century's most effective Presidents -- and certainly that century's third most liberal President in terms of his deeds (but not his words). Contents What do experts say about … Continue reading Let’s play round 2 of “Name That Liberal”
This is the next in a series began with Looking in the mirror tells our future. How has American invested in its future? What are the major investments the government has made in America, following the long tradition of canals, railroads, the Civil War, highways, and Apollo? This series looks at the 4 big investments of modern America. … Continue reading Nixon declared war on drugs, a major investment of America in itself – but one that’s gone bad
The evolution of the Republican Party has been one of the great forces shaping American politics since the 1960's -- an amazing transformation from pro-civil rights, isolationism, and fiscal prudence to advocacy of racism, foreign wars, and massive deficits. Goldwater's decision to vote against the 1964 Civil Rights Act inaugurated the first (a reversal of his … Continue reading The evolution of the Republican Party has shaped America during the past fifty years
The Dept of Justice has published an update on one of our longest wars, declared by President Nixon at a press conference on 17 June 1971 (more explicitly to Congress here). Only the War on Poverty (declared by LBJ on 8 January 1964) has run longer. (I have not found a date for first use … Continue reading National Drug Threat Assessment 2010