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NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
July 25, 2005 | By James P. Pinkerton
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.
NEWS
June 30, 1991 | By Carlin Romano, Inquirer Book Critic
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.
NEWS
June 21, 2010 | By Thomas Fitzgerald, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
October 26, 1988 | BY CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
June 22, 1986 | By Garry Wills
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.
NEWS
August 13, 2000 | By Thomas Fitzgerald, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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April 10, 2016
DEAR ABBY: About a year ago, my daughter befriended a schoolmate. After numerous playdates, our families have become close. While my family is atheist, we know this family is devoutly Christian. Recently, after I mentioned in conversation that we weren't religious, they invited us to their church for service. I diplomatically declined but felt awkward having told the mom our non-beliefs. Since then, this family invites us to church constantly, and the mom routinely brings up scripture while we're talking.
NEWS
March 29, 2016 | By Brendan F. Boyle
The terrorist attacks in Brussels, like the attacks last fall in Paris, have captured our attention in a way reminiscent of the days immediately after 9/11. Fifteen years later, there are still fundamental questions about the nature of the challenge that have yet to be answered. Make no mistake about it. We are at war. This is a world war - not in the sense of World Wars I and II, in which nation-states with great armies fought one another on battlefields, but a world war in the sense that it affects all nations, all peoples.
NEWS
February 17, 2016
There is no precedent or principle that should prevent a duly elected president from making a nomination to the Supreme Court, or the Senate from considering it, with nearly a year left in their terms. But Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) and others have understandable motives for attempting to invent one. Rejecting or ignoring a qualified nominee would be much more difficult and potentially embarrassing to the Senate than claiming that some time-honored maxim won't allow it to fulfill its constitutional obligation until next year.
NEWS
January 28, 2016 | By Dana Milbank
Jeb Bush explained Sunday why he still thinks Rick Snyder has been "a great governor for Michigan," even after the mass lead poisoning because of tainted tap water in Flint. The disgrace over Flint's water, the Republican presidential prospect told ABC's This Week , "is related to the fact that we've created this complex, no-responsibility regulatory system, where the federal government, the state government, a regional government, local and county governments, are all pointing fingers at one another.
NEWS
November 27, 2015 | BY THE REV. ROBERT SHINE, $util.encode.html($!item.bycredit)
WITH A GOVERNMENT shutdown narrowly averted in September and the GOP still in disarray despite finding a new speaker of the House in Paul Ryan, looming crises about the functioning of our government are far from resolved. And the way Republican leaders have been acting recently is not inspiring confidence. Last month news broke that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was preparing a "ransom note" of Republicans' demands - including cuts to Social Security and Medicare and a rollback of clean water protections - for raising the debt ceiling, an action necessary to prevent the economy from heading into a dangerous spiral.
NEWS
August 29, 2014
ISSUE | ENTITLEMENTS All in, or nothing Wisconsin Republican Congressman Paul Ryan's compassionate conservative ideology concentrates on federal entitlements, but neglects corporate and congressional entitlements ("Ryan's compassionate conservatism," Aug. 24). Unless all entitlements are addressed equally, we cannot consider Ryan's advocacy for reform creditable. |P.M. Johnson, West Chester Hand that fed him How disappointing to see the usually tough-minded Michael Smerconish write a puff piece about Paul Ryan ("Ryan's compassionate conservatism," Aug. 24)
NEWS
October 29, 2013
THE OCTOBER 24 editorial titled "Infra-destructers" correctly calls for an end to partisanship and quick passage of a transportation spending bill. SEPTA's recent doomsday budget means closure for nine of its 13 rail lines and a subway line, among other cutbacks. Seventy percent of Greater Philadelphia's workforce use SEPTA to get to and from work. The region's economic growth would halt under such a scenario. This fall, PennDOT issued bridge restrictions throughout the five-county region due to budget shortfalls.
NEWS
July 3, 2013 | By E. J. Dionne, For The Inquirer
Let's praise a struggling conservative reform movement seeking to disentangle the right's cause from extremism and to make its ideas more compelling to a younger and broader swath of Americans. The rethinkers are trying to engage problems that conservatives usually ignore - rising inequality and declining social mobility. And the 14 Republican senators who helped give the immigration bill a big majority in their chamber last week sent a signal that many on the right understand the need to appeal to an increasingly diverse electorate.
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May 28, 2013 | By E. J. Dionne, For The Inquirer
While listening to an NPR report out of Moore, Okla., last week, I was genuinely shocked. Not by the scale of the devastation or the tenacity of people who have grown stoically accustomed to the damage tornados can do, but by a political sentiment that, in almost any other era, would not have been surprising at all. Rep. Tom Cole, a Republican who lives in the very neighborhood that was overwhelmed, was talking about a call he received from President Obama....
NEWS
March 20, 2013
By Gregory J. Sullivan The March 11 issue of the New Yorker contains a long profile of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg by staff writer Jeffrey Toobin. The article is in many respects an embarrassing love letter from Toobin to the jurist. Nevertheless, in its muddled discussion of constitutional matters, the article ("Heavyweight: How Ruth Bader Ginsburg has moved the Supreme Court") shows how ideology in our basic law rots what federal appellate Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson III has identified as "the most basic and honorable of all judicial traditions, that republican virtue of judicial restraint.
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