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The Shutdown as Proof of Trump’s Unfitness

There's no shortage of evidence of Trump's unfitness to be President of the United States. Nonetheless, some pieces of evidence give more obvious proof...

Are the Democrats Now Showing a Bolder Face?

Each month, on a Harrisonburg radio station (WSVA), I participate in a discussion of the recent political news of the day. (The other two participants...

Trump and the Wall: The Most Bone-Headed Political Play I’ve Ever...

So what does this genius of a president do? He threatens to hold the whole government hostage, with but a week to go before...

Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Calling the Republicans’ Bluff

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) cuts to the heart of the debate over the government shutdown, in a must-view speech on the Senate floor.

She exposes the fundamental contradiction at the heart of the Republicans' message: that they are all about hating government in general, yet they almost always refrain from attacking the essential functions the government performs -- because those functions have overwhelming public support. She reveals the way to overcome the spell of the "anarchy crowd" -- answer their vague, blanket attacks on government with specific references to all the good, popular programs that our government delivers every day:

When I hear the latest tirades from some of the extremists in the House, I am struck by how vague these complaints are. The anarchy gang is quick to malign government. But when was the last time anyone called for regulators to go easier on companies that put lead in children's toys?  Or for food inspectors to stop checking whether the meat in our grocery stores is crawling with deadly bacteria? Or for the FDA to ignore whether morning sickness drugs will cause horrible deformities in little babies? We never hear that, not from political leaders in Washington, and not from the American people.

She then blows away the entire Tea Party ideology in one sentence:  "The boogeyman government, like the boogeyman under your bed, is not real."