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Friends Don’t Let Friends Vote Republican

My father once told me of a college teacher of his (in the Post World War II era) who shocked his new students with his startling pronouncement about Communism. “Communism,” he’d say to the initial horror of his students, “isn’t such a bad idea. It just doesn’t work.” What he meant by that, of course, […]

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Liberal Bashing: Off Target and Out of Touch with Reality

Liberal has become a four-letter word in American culture, even to the point that many liberals now shun the word. Why has this time-honored tradition of Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, Robert F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King, and a host of other great Americans who have sought to help all rise to a better life in […]

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Politics is Perception: The Myth of the Liberal Media

Welcome to the post-factual age, a time when politics and government have abandoned any allegiance it once had with policies and positions supported by facts for a free-for-all of misleading images and ingenuous values that cloak an ugly truth. Today, politics has foresaken reason and become a game of perception. Facts have become irrelevant to […]

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Social Security Reform: Why Bush Can’t Win This One

George W. Bush is convinced America’s Social Security system is in trouble, and he’s banking his reputation on being able to convince the rest of us, cross-crossing the Nation (at taxpayer expense) on a public relations campaign that would make your head spin. But can the President win this battle? No. He doesn’t stand a […]

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The Nuclear Option: A Conspiracy Against Us All

Lord Halifax once wrote that “The best political party is but a kind of conspiracy against the rest of the nation.” Today, the Republican Party’s conspiracy is running full throttle, usurping hard-won liberties and vital protections that all Americans hold dear. Their strategy is simple and powerful and two-fold: weaken or do away with laws […]

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Ignorance is Bliss… Or So You Thought

Dan Chiras will will be a regular guest blogger on the Flaming Grasshopper. Below is his first post. Copyright 2005 by Dan Chiras In today’s high-stakes political game, ignorance is essential to the victors and lethal to their victims, you and me, and most of America In politics, image is everything. Perception reigns supreme. Who […]

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