Plato’s Revenge: Socrates Meets Sarah Palin

Plato’s Revenge: Socrates Meets Sarah Palin

Imagine if you will legendary Western philosopher Socrates encountering pseudo-Republican philosopher Sarah Palin one day. Watch the deconstruction of the Sarah Palin myth through the use of the Socratic method, which is the classical technique of asking questions to dismantle preexisting ideas.

Ben Quayle’s Conservative Values as Non-Existent as His Rent-a-Family

Ben Quayle’s Conservative Values as Non-Existent as His Rent-a-Family

Ben Quayle wants voters in Arizona’s 3rd Congressional District to send him to Congress. The primary is August 24 and early voters are already casting their ballots. This isn’t good timing for Ben, who is a lawyer, but who apparently skipped Ethics 101 while he was in school. He’s been caught out as a liar – repeatedly – in the space of just a few days. He apparently wants to see how far he can shove his foot into his own mouth.

The Theory of Relativity and the Art of Conservative Apologetics

The Theory of Relativity and the Art of Conservative Apologetics

The extremist system runs on pure lies. Anything less gums it up and stalls it. This is as true of the extreme left as the extreme right. This said, it can now be understood why the conservative book writing movement is an exercise in apologetics from the Heritage Foundation to Beck to Coulter; why it has to be. The minute you start acknowledging other points of view, you begin to encourage people to think, to ask questions, to make choices. This must be discouraged at all costs.

Looking for Terrorists in All the Wrong Places

Looking for Terrorists in All the Wrong Places

Everyone is by now familiar with the “Ground Zero Mosque” controversy. Cries of horror have ascended to the heavens from the right-wing as they denounce Muslim plans to build a mosque at Ground Zero. But xenophobia, to be more precise, Islamophobia, most of it originating from conservative Christians, is not fact-friendly. Bottom line is that it’s getting put where it can be put, to serve an existing need in Lower Manhattan.

Caucusing With Madness: Michele Bachmann and the Tea Party

Caucusing With Madness: Michele Bachmann and the Tea Party

The lunatics have assembled like hungry piranha around Tea Party caucus leader Michele Bachmann. Twenty-eight Republican members of the House are listed as members of the caucus. There are currently 178 Republican members of Congress. By my count then, some 15% of the House has declared itself insane and unfit to hold public office.

The Death of the Center: Welcome to the Age of Political Nihilism

The Death of the Center: Welcome to the Age of Political Nihilism

Once upon a time, there was an America where politicians would seek to find consensus on issues, who would be willing to compromise in order to get things done – quid pro quo. We can’t all get everything we want, but we can get some of it, and some is better than nothing. That America has been killed and replaced by an age of political nihilism.

Conservatives Construct Their New City of God

Conservatives Construct Their New City of God

Today’s conservative Christians, who now dominate GOP ranks, are telling us the same thing of the United States, that our nation is the successor to Rome, a new Rome of god’s design. A new City of God. Since there is no evidence to support the “City of God” model, conservatives have decided to invent some. They have taken to the task with great relish, willingly abandoning not only our own 200 years of history, but every single year since the 13th century, including the only real bright spots, the very secular Renaissance and Enlightenment periods.

Battling the Tea Party over the Language of Liberty

Battling the Tea Party over the Language of Liberty

There is a battle being waged in America today over the meaning of liberty. The Tea Party has co-opted the language of liberty, but freedom for all does not interest them. They want freedom for the few at the expense of the many. Real choice, real liberty, is devalued by the limited menu offered by the Tea Party. They want to “take America back” but they don’t want to share it.

Arizona Republicans Prepare to Be Attacked By Spanish Speaking Terrorists

Arizona Republicans Prepare to Be Attacked By Spanish Speaking Terrorists

One of the paranoid theories that Arizona Republicans are floating to support their immigration law is that Hezbelloah is going to recruit Mexican immigrants as operatives to come across the border and attack the US. According to the GOP, Mexicans are not coming here for a better life. They’re coming here as Hezbollah operatives determined to destroy our way of life. Who knew?

The Hard Truth is the Tea Party Can’t Elect Anyone

The Hard Truth is the Tea Party Can’t Elect Anyone

There simply aren’t enough anti-intellectual, conservative religious, racist and bigoted voters to pass the lunatic agenda of the Tea Party. They can believe their own spin if they wish, but even if you ignore facts they will still be there to bite you in the ass at the end of the day. This is the bleak future that the Tea Party faces in November.

Tea Party Tories: How the Right Hijacked the Founding Fathers

Tea Party Tories: How the Right Hijacked the Founding Fathers

The Right and the Tea Party like to think of themselves as freedom fighters in the mold of the Founding Fathers, but a closer look reveals that their revolution is really devolution, because at its core, conservatism is about returning to the past. Upon examination it turns out the Tea Party has more in common with King George, than the Founding Fathers.

With Each New Textbook Texas Steals U.S. History

With Each New Textbook Texas Steals U.S. History

Texas, to its shame, by rewriting textbooks, might embrace a mythic America, but that America never existed, and it does not exist, and cannot exist as long as there are people who value our history for what it is, a record not of wishful thinking, but of the past. In the end, what Texas has done does not balance the past; it steals it.