September 12, 2013
AS WE ALL try to figure out what's wrong with America, I think we forget what the Founding Fathers had in mind when they created this government. They didn't expect politicians for life with no chance of parole. They didn't expect politicians to spend more time on getting re-elected than they do on the needs of the people. They didn't expect politicians constantly giving themselves pay raises and additional perks that the rest of us don't get. They didn't expect politicians to spend more time on vacation than actually working.
August 26, 2013
Can't put a label on Christie For those who have been wondering just where on the political spectrum Gov. Christie belonged - conservative, moderate, or liberal - the answer now appears clear: Nowhere! Recently, the governor gave a speech in Boston to a closed meeting of the Republican National Committee and disclosed his philosophy: Just win. He derided ideology in favor of pragmatism. I suppose that is why it's been so difficult to categorize his beliefs. Depending on to whom he's speaking, his message is tailored to fit the occasion.
August 14, 2013 |
Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman, whose Union army burned its way across Georgia in late 1864, knew how to close a door. No, he said 20 years later, he would not run for president no matter how hard Republicans begged. If a political party nominated him, he would not accept it. If his name made it onto a ballot anyway and he was elected, he would not serve. Ever since, the Shermanesque statement has been the gold standard for disavowing political ambition. Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane, however, seems to prefer playing coy. "I love my job as attorney general.
July 31, 2013
THE PASSING OF William Warren Scranton at age 96 on Sunday leaves me awash in memories and thoughts. I met him many times, the last maybe 15 years ago, and always was struck by his graciousness, other-directedness and, that last time, his elegance even in his 80s. I was in Scranton for lunch with his son, former Lt. Gov. William W. Scranton III, many years after I worked on the younger Scranton's 1986 campaign for governor. "Young Bill" and I emerged from a downtown restaurant and saw the former governor walking toward us. As he drew closer he said, "I saw you two and wondered, 'Who's that guy with John Baer?
July 9, 2013 |
Eulogies for William H. Gray III, the minister and former congressman who died last Monday, will pay tribute to his fight against apartheid, his rise to majority whip in the U.S. House of Representatives, his service as head of the United Negro College Fund. But in the Philadelphia political world, Gray may be best memorialized as the pillar of a group of independent black activists who emerged from outside the Democratic Party structure to gain unprecedented power and spawned a generation of political and civic leaders.
July 5, 2013
Emilio Colombo, 93, a stalwart Italian politician who held top government positions for nearly five decades and led his country as prime minister in the early 1970s, died June 24 in Rome. The Italian news agency ANSA reported his death but did not give a cause. He ranked among the most prominent leaders of the Christian Democrats, the party that dominated Italian politics for decades after the fall of fascist dictator Benito Mussolini. Dubbed the "lay cardinal" for his religious fervor and political savvy, Mr. Colombo was elected to Parliament in his 20s and reportedly was the last surviving member of the constituent assembly that abolished the Italian monarchy after World War II and reframed the nation as a constitutional republic.
June 7, 2013
By Terry Golway Here's something you need to remember about politicians: They think like, well, politicians. Which means that they are different from you and me. So when a sitting officeholder is called to the great Electoral College in the sky, it takes no more than a nanosecond for politicians to put aside their grief and begin plotting, scheming, and otherwise preparing for what comes next. It may sound callous, but that's how politicians think. Frankly, that's how they should think.
May 28, 2013 |
TOKYO - An outspoken Japanese politician apologized Monday for saying U.S. troops should patronize adult entertainment businesses as a way to reduce sex crimes, but defended another inflammatory remark about Japan's use of sex slaves before and during World War II. Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto, coleader of an emerging nationalist party, said his remarks two weeks ago rose from a "sense of crisis" about cases of sexual assaults by U.S. military personnel on...
May 21, 2013 |
We know American politics are dysfunctional. But after a week of scandal obsession during which the nation's capital and media virtually ignored the problems most voters care about - jobs, incomes, growth, opportunity, education - it's worth asking if there is something flawed about our democracy. Our circumstances have their own particular disabilities: a radicalization of conservative politics, over-the-top mistrust of President Obama on the right, high-tech gerrymandering in the House, and a Senate snarled by nonconstitutional supermajority requirements.
May 13, 2013 |
In September 1774, when America's First Continental Congress met in Philadelphia, there were no "united states," just a collection of British colonies largely going their separate ways whose primary loyalty was to a distant British king. The brilliant, though occasionally cranky, Massachusetts delegate John Adams described the assembled delegates as a "gathering of strangers," complaining that "the art of address of Ambassadors from a dozen belligerent Powers of Europe . . . would not exceed the Specimens We have seen here.