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A Bootlicker Bites the Dust

… at least temporarily. The defeat of Joe Lieberman in the Democratic senate primary in Connecticut is good news for anyone who dislikes pious warmongers.  Lieberman deserved to lose for many reasons – not the least of which was his assertion that Democrats are obliged to swallow Bush’s lies in the name of national security.  […]

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The Fraudulent Meaning of Elections

The Future of Freedom Foundation today posted online my Freedom Daily article on “The Fraudulent Meaning of Elections.” Here’s the start & finish – “Politicians strive to make Americans view elections as sacrosanct. Challenges to election results are portrayed as heresies that threaten to destroy the entire republic. After the 2004 presidential election, many Democrats […]

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1979 New York Times Satire on the All-Volunteer Congress

Twenty-seven years ago (or as they say in West Virginia, “years and years and years ago”), the New York Times printed my satire on the failure of the All-Volunteer Congress. This article was written at a time when criticism of the All-Volunteer military was at its height. Nixon had abolished conscription in 1973 and many […]

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National Security Agency spying piece now online + Update

My review on James Risen’s A State of War is now online at American Conservative. The spying scandal continues to show Washington at its best. Yesterday, Republicans on the Senate Intelligence Committee agreed to support a legislative reform to the FISA law to legalize Bush’s actions. One key change:   Feds would be allowed to wiretap […]

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The Republican Abramoff Solution

In response to the Jack Abramoff influence-buying scandal, Republican leaders are racing to impose new restrictions on the handouts that lobbyists can give to congressmen. Americans are being assured that the new rules will assure that their representatives are dutiful, high-minded, and devoted to nothing but the public good. This makes about as much sense […]

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Book Signing Thursday in Washington, Capitol Hill

Trover Book store on Capitol Hill (221 Pennsylvania Ave, SE, Washington) will be holding a book signing for my new book, Attention Deficit  Democracy, on Thursday at 12:30 pm. The latest odds from Vegas are 37-to-1 against a Standing Room Only crowd.

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“Credo” from Attention Deficit Democracy

Credo for the New American Patriotism I believe: That politicians are more honest than they seem; That government is more competent than it appears; That government is benevolent, regardless of how much it wastes or how many people it harms; That citizens must trust the government, regardless of how often it lies; That democracy is […]

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