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Podcast: Obama’s Forgotten Constitutional Depredations

Barack Obama is rapidly ascending to sainthood as people forget the sordid details of his abuses of power. Here’s a podcast to revive his record, produced for the Future of Freedom Foundation. Thanks again to Bart Frazier for cleaning up the video & posting it. “Bureaucratic bulldozing? Groping TSA agents? Federal secrecy and aggressive prosecution […]

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New York Times: The ‘Of Course’ Curse (1983)

Thirty-five years ago, the New York Times published this satirical piece inspired by editors who stuck lame-assed nitwit phrases into my articles.  Happily, I have had no reason to complain about editors since then.  Admittedly, it is difficult to find editors who will tolerate “bedamned” in articles these days. The article was accepted by Robert […]

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Wolves and Sheep in New York Times

From heresy to conventional wisdom? Excellent New York Times series of articles on crisis of democracy leads with my quote: “Democracy must be something more than two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for dinner.” Headline for the lead NYT essay by Serge Schmemann: “Are the Wolves Devouring Democracy?” Hard-nosed realism on […]

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I Should be “Rapped and Killed” – Obama Devotees Condemn USA Today Oped

I am chagrined that not everyone liked  yesterday’s USA Today oped, “Obama Fueled the Distrust that Led to Donald Trump.” I expected the piece to spur thoughtful exchanges by folks with different perspectives. Alas, my hopes for a rebirth of civility have been mercilessly crushed. Here’s some responses generated via Twitter, email, and elsewhere online.  […]

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USA TODAY: Obama Fueled the Cynicism He Now Denounces

USA TODAY, September 13, 2008 Barack Obama’s return just reminds us how he fueled the distrust that led to Donald Trump by James Bovard, Opinion columnist Who cares if Obama belatedly cheers for transparency and accountability? He should admit that he made the government more dangerous at home and abroad. Former president Barack Obama is back. […]

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Podcast: Are We All Terrorist Suspects Now?

Here’s my first solo podcast, produced for the Future of Freedom Foundation.  Thanks to Bart Frazier for hammering out some of the kinks in the video file. The definitions of terrorist suspects have multiplied like rabbits since the 9/11 attacks 17 years ago today.   Here’s a 7 minute rundown of some bizarre standards the government […]

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