April 11, 2016 |
Things have got to change. But first, you've got to get mad! You've got to say, "I'm as mad as hell, and I'm not going to take this anymore!" - Howard Beale Forgive me, but I can't help comparing Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign to Howard Beale, the fictional news anchor in the 1976 film Network who sparks a movement based on anger. Let me stress that my comparison ends there. Sanders isn't really like the suicidal character so magnificently played by Peter Finch.
April 9, 2016 |
By Daniel Pipes Of his many outrageous campaign statements, perhaps Donald J. Trump's most important ones concern his hoped-for role as president of the United States. When told that uniformed personnel would disobey his unlawful order as president to torture prisoners and kill civilians, Trump menacingly replied, "They won't refuse. They're not going to refuse, believe me. " Responding to criticism by the speaker of the House, Trump spoke like a Mafia don: "Paul Ryan, I don't know him well, but I'm sure I'm going to get along great with him. And if I don't?
April 7, 2016 |
MAYBE THE Democrats are the party of working people, said Richard Trumka, leader of the nation's largest federation, the AFL-CIO. But "look how easy it has been for Donald Trump to tap into the justifiable anger" of Americans living paycheck to paycheck, unable to cover a $500 car repair, he told 700 Pennsylvania labor leaders Tuesday at the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO's convention in Philadelphia. "But we can't be fooled," he added. "Trump isn't interested in solving our problems. " And so it began Tuesday, three weeks from Pennsylvania's primary, as the state's top union leaders exhorted each other - with help from Trumka - to double down on their efforts to elect politicians who "create an economy that works for everybody," he said.
April 5, 2016 |
THE POSSIBLY craziest presidential election ever (don't make me list the reasons, you know what I'm talking about) is hitting Pennsylvania in ways sure to make the time between now and the April 26 primary memorable. And also democratically disconcerting (more on that later). GOP front-runner Donald "Let's Punish the Women" Trump could face a challenge here from Pennsylvania native (McKees Rocks) and next-door neighbor Gov. John Kasich of Ohio. I say could because while a Franklin and Marshall College poll 10 days ago had Trump at 33 percent, Kasich at 30, and Ted Cruz at 20, on Sunday CBS News released a poll that has it at Trump 47, Cruz 29, and Kasich 22. So, who knows?
April 4, 2016 |
Under gloomy skies and light rain, an estimated 300 demonstrators gathered near the Liberty Bell on Saturday to launch a 10-day march to Washington on a quest to improve democracy by taking big money out of politics and expanding voting rights. The rally to kick off what organizers are calling "Democracy Spring" attracted a multiracial crowd with banners and signs that said: "Walking for fair elections," "A buck is not a ballot," and "Spring is coming. " Although AARP-eligible participants and former Vietnam War protesters were out in force, all ages were represented, including babies in strollers.
March 29, 2016 |
Quintessence Theatre Group wants to contemporize classic plays? Well, for the first time since its 2010 Measure for Measure , the group has done it with a powerhouse, actor-driven production of George Bernard Shaw's Saint Joan . Like Shakespeare's political drama, like Sophocles' Antigone or Brecht's Mother Courage , Quintessence delivers the full force of and timelessness of Shaw's play in a show that echoes the actions of Edward...
March 28, 2016
Q uestion: What is the etiquette for political protests? - F. in Pa. Answer: I remember many elections like Kennedy vs. Nixon (yes, I was a child), Nixon vs. Humphrey, Reagan vs. Carter, and the list goes on. But, I cannot recall the nasty lack of manners we have seen in this contest, and we are still seven months from voting. Blame it on cable news, Twitter, or a candidate without boundaries, but it's here. Protesting (and compromise) has been around since the birth of our nation.
March 22, 2016 |
By international and historical standards, political violence is exceedingly rare in the United States. The last serious outburst was in 1968, with its bloody Democratic convention riots. By that standard, 2016 is, as yet, tame. It may not remain so. The political thuggery that shut down a Donald Trump rally in Chicago recently may just be a harbinger. It would be nice, therefore, if we could think straight about cause and effect. The immediate conventional wisdom was to blame the disturbance on the "toxic climate" created by Trump.
March 22, 2016 |
Attention political junkies: Put down your smartphones, and head over to the Union League for a real-life lesson on every political convention held right in our backyard over a century-and-a-half. "Sweep the Country: Political Conventions in Philadelphia," a new exhibition on the ground floor of the Union League, debuts Monday and covers the 11 political conventions hosted by the city between 1848 and 2000. It will run until early 2017. "Philadelphia was a happening political town," said exhibition curator James Mundy.