For 50 years Republicans have fought against treaties that brought peace

Summary:  To understand the dynamics and stakes of the Iran deal we should look at our past, rather than conservatives' confident warnings about the future. The peace we've enjoyed for decades results in part from 50+ years of arms control treaties -- all strenuously fought by the Right. We can learn much from their false … Continue reading For 50 years Republicans have fought against treaties that brought peace

“Castle” shows us marriage in America, a fault line between our past & future

Summary:  The TV show "Castle" shows us the mad nature of marriage in 21st C America, and suggests why we no longer work the machinery that drives our vital institutions (this the alienation that social scientists warn of). We no longer believe reforming America requires understanding what's happening and clearly seeing how we want to … Continue reading “Castle” shows us marriage in America, a fault line between our past & future

Do we want to bring back traditional marriage? What is traditional marriage?

One of my co-authors pointed out that the previous post was incomplete:  Should we thank the Court as it rescues us from our bad laws? Or just bow?. It included a quote that was absurdly incorrect. Although peripheral to the point of the post, a correction is required. It's this from “Gay marriage and the … Continue reading Do we want to bring back traditional marriage? What is traditional marriage?

Reagan had Alzheimer’s in 1984 & we elected him anyway

Summary: While we watch the debates and judge the candidates' style, we tend to miss the serious content. Like Romney's contempt for us, seen in his serial lies. That's a long tradition in America, going back to Reagan's first debate in the 1984 election. We not only ignored his signs of early Alzheimer's, but elected … Continue reading Reagan had Alzheimer’s in 1984 & we elected him anyway

Conservatives oppose the new START treaty, as they opposed even the earlier version negotiated by Ronald Reagan

Summary:  About conservatives opposition to arms control treaties, including those that ended radioactive poisoning of the atmosphere and won the Cold War. Mitt Romeny ("Obama's worst foreign-policy mistake", op-ed in the Washington Post) and the Heritage Foundation ("Stop START Now")  have joined the conservative chorus denouncing the new START treaty.  It's all lies and misrepresentations, as … Continue reading Conservatives oppose the new START treaty, as they opposed even the earlier version negotiated by Ronald Reagan