Monday, January 19, 2015

Falling Out of Love with Pope Francis

Ever since his election, Pope Francis has enjoyed immense popularity in all corners of the world and across the political spectrum. Conservatives, liberals alike have sung the praises of the new Pope with his approachable manner and warmth. However, lately Pope Francis has run into a bit of rough waters and the magic seems to be fading.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

We Just Had A Seinfeld Election

Republicans worst fears were confirmed Thursday night. Barack Obama is still president and will be president for the next two years. Republicans are also leaning the bitter lesson that there is no such thing as lame duck as long as the president has veto power. What was supposed to be a time of electoral triumph for John Boehner and Mitch McConnell has quickly turned into the first test of whether the GOP can govern.

It wasn’t supposed be this way. On Election night, McConnell extended a hand of cooperation to Obama. The next day, McConnell made it clear that government shutdowns and playing with the debt ceiling were off the table. Boehner also reached out to Obama in the name of the American people wanting both parties to work together. All was for naught as Obama dismissed the election results and, figuratively, kicked sand in their faces.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

More Than Just A Pair Of Pink Shoes

The articles keep on coming. One after another pointing out what went wrong with the Wendy Davis campaign. Chock-full of advice about how she could have won.

The consensus seems to be that she needed to be more "centrist". Wendy made funding public education the centerpiece of her agenda. Is there a more "centrist" issue than promoting public education? It is such a "centrist" issue that Greg Abbott also ran on promoting public education.

Let's be clear. To have a remote chance at winning, Wendy would have had to dress up in camo, pick up an AR-15 and head to the Texas-Mexico border. Only after apprehending a couple of unauthorized immigrants trying to sneak into the United States could Wendy make the case that she is not a flaming liberal bent on turning Texas into the dreaded California. In other words, Wendy Davis never had a chance.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Finding Common Ground With Putin

When the Crimean crisis broke out this past winter, the White House's favorite talking point, at the time, was that Vladimir Putin needed an "exit ramp". The Obama Administration either believed - or was trying to spin - the Russian stealth invasion of Crimea as impulsive act on the part of Putin. All that was needed to resolve the crisis was to provide some face saving measure for Russia. Even German Chancellor Angela Merkel joined in the "Putin-doesn't-know-what-he-is-doing" chorus.

Six months later, the conflict in Ukraine opened a new front this past week and over the weekend Putin called for negotiations  on the "political organisation of society and statehood for southeastern Ukraine." It is quite clear that Putin's actions were never the result of impulsive or irrational behavior. He is an opportunist who saw the chance to expand the territory of the Russian Federation and took it. It is also clear that Obama and Europe are the ones who need an "exit ramp".

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Making John Wiley Price Stronger

Well, that was stupid. Commissioner Mike Cantrell's resolution calling for a suspension of fellow Commissioner John Wiley Price failed to even make it to a vote. Cantrell - the only Republican on the Dallas County Commissioners Court - failed to get a second on the motion. Of course, the hardcore Dallas County GOP partisans will claim that it was a worthwhile pursuit because it shows that Democrats don't care about ethics. Some would even go as far as claiming that, by not supporting the resolution, it shows that Democrats are a corrupt lot. Pure nonsense. If anything, this entire non event only made John Wiley Price stronger.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

The EU Has Become A Destabilizing Force

About six months ago, German Chancellor Angela Merkel spoke before the British Parliament. During her speech, she praised the European Union (EU) for bringing reconciliation, peace and prosperity to Europe. She referred to it as a "miracle" and proceeded to give credit to "policies by far sighted and responsible statesmen such as Winston Churchill, Charles De Gaulle and Konrad Adenauer." No mention of the role the United States played in rebuilding and maintaining the peace in Western Europe after the end of World War II.

This is typical of Europeans. For years they have bragged about their superior social safety net and looked down on America for not doing the same for its citizens completely oblivious of the fact that if it weren't for the United States underwriting their security they could not have been so generous with their people. Had the United States chosen to follow the same path it did after the First World War, it is very likely that war would have returned to Western Europe. But Europeans will go on congratulating themselves for maintaining a peace they could never achieve on their own for centuries. They even gave themselves a Nobel Peace Prize for it.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Hillary The Gaffeur

As a First Lady, Hillary Rodham Clinton is a woman of many firsts. The first to be elected to the United States Senate. The first to run for the White House. And, the first to become Secretary of State. This year, she has recorded another first. That is, the first truly disastrous book tour by a First Lady.  Actually, make that public official. Even Todd "Legitimate Rape" Akin is having a smoother book tour than Hillary.

But that's what is peculiar about Hillary. She is always much more likable, popular when she is away from the limelight. As soon as she takes the center stage, everyone is reminded of one basic fact about Hillary: she has ZERO political talent. On paper she is a formidable candidate. On the campaign trail, she is a gaffe machine, always has been and, in all likelihood, always will be.