November 6, 2003
IFIND IT amazing how deeply ideological a few Daily News letter writers are. Ideologues look at the world in a certain way and try to shape everything to fit that view. When it pertains to politics and politicians they view the issues and candidates through partisan lenses without looking at the facts. Donna DiGiacomo: What are your thoughts on President Clinton pardoning that unrepentant tax cheat Marc Rich? This guy was indicted for evading $48 million in federal taxes.
October 9, 1987
Secretary of Education William Bennett likes a good fight. He doesn't flinch at telling schools how to teach, parents how to raise their children and Democratic presidential hopefuls how to run their campaigns. He even dabbles in foreign policy by announcing how wonderful the Contras are. But Bennett's current battle with Surgeon General C. Everett Koop is a dangerous exercise in right-wing ideology that may wind up hurting millions of young people. Koop has been the federal government's only straight talker on acquired immune deficiency syndrome.
August 12, 1986
Acel Moore will continue to be perplexed by President Reagan's enormous popularity and dismayed by the growing number of black conservatives (Op-ed Page, July 31). There is a basic flaw in his ideology that keeps his thinking mired in the injustices of the past and prevents him from understanding the realities of the present. At the core of his misconception is the notion that civil rights legislation was intended to ensure not only equal opportunity, but economic parity as well.
July 25, 2005 |
The evasive reaction of many British Muslims to the July 7 bombings in London will strike Americans as depressingly familiar. In past decades, explosions of criminal violence in the United States were rationalized as the inevitable products of racism and poverty. The solution, Americans were told by their leaders, was more understanding and more government money. Such therapies didn't work here, and they won't work there. The London-based Financial Times provided this bit of clucking context for the four men who killed more than 50 people: "immigrant families . . . often carry with them difficult memories of a colonial past that hampers integration.
June 30, 1991 |
IDEOLOGY An Introduction By Terry Eagleton Verso. 242 pp. $59.95 hardcover, $17.95 paper In a society that considers Dick Tracy a major cultural figure, Destutt de Tracy (1754-1836) naturally remains obscure. Yet his legacy arguably overshadows that of the two-way wrist radio. Back in 1796, this aristocratic French philosophe coined the word ideology to describe what he called the general science of ideas. Agreeing with Enlightenment rationalists that all knowledge meant knowledge of ideas, Tracy sought to be a "Newton of the science of thought.
June 21, 2010 |
Pennsylvania Democratic Rep. Joe Sestak, the party's nominee for Senate, Monday called for a new era of pragmatism in government to help restore public trust in American leadership. In remarks prepared for delivery to the Commonwealth Club of California in San Francisco, Sestak said that it is time for reason, and clear "benchmarks," in formulating policy rather than ideology. "We owe the public what any private investor could expect: concrete proposals, clear expectations, an honest accounting of costs, and straightforward assessment of the risks," Sestak said in the prepared remarks.
October 26, 1988 |
The corpse of the Dukakis campaign is not yet cold, and the spin doctors are already writing elaborate postmortems. For the next few weeks, you will hear the Dukakis swoon attributed to one aspect or another of what Democratic Sen. Terry Sanford has already called "the worst-managed campaign of this century" - the fuzzy ads, the shifting themes, the fatal passivity in the face of Republican demagoguery. "They blew a sure thing," a Democratic national committeeman groused to the Baltimore Sun. There is something to these explanations - they may have padded Bush's lead - but they miss the point.
June 27, 1986
I must strenuously object to the June 18 editorial on U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Antonin Scalia, "Merit plus conservatism mark nominees to court. " The Inquirer states "excellence is the Senate's proper focus, not ideology. " Unfortunately, ideology, thrust into the spotlight by this nomination to the Supreme Court, must enter into the equation. Under the Reagan administration, an unprecedented attempt has been undertaken to convert the court into a political arm of an extremist agenda, which will, if permitted, damage the very fabric of our constitutional policy.
June 22, 1986 |
Two misconceptions are deployed every time a nomination is made for the Supreme Court: 1. The "advice and consent" of the Senate is limited to the professional qualifications of the nominee, not to his views. 2. The President is free to appoint people congenial to his views, so long as the nominees are competent professionally. We have here a double standard, with the President able to consider ideology, and the Senate unable to. The Constitution says nothing of the standards by which either party is to act - which means, at the least, that it does not propose different standards.
August 13, 2000 |
At about 7 a.m. Monday, the bulletin went out over the Associated Press wire service: Vice President Gore wanted Connecticut Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman to be his running mate on the Democratic ticket. Within hours, Republican opposition researchers pounced. In their exegesis of Lieberman's record, Gore's new partner was ideologically closer to Texas Gov. George W. Bush than to the boss. After all, said the GOP spinners, Lieberman had supported taxpayer-financed vouchers for private schools, backed limitations on lawsuits against corporations, and was once open to the idea of partially privatizing the Social Security system - all positions at odds with Gore's.