Ted Rall from Creators Syndicate https://www.creators.com/read/ted-rall Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Mon, 22 Oct 2018 09:09:00 -0700 https://www.creators.com/ http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss Ted Rall from Creators Syndicate https://cdn.creators.com/features/ted-rall-thumb.jpg https://www.creators.com/read/ted-rall c9231807fda9fef1000769dc3b2df86a Brett Kavanaugh and the Politics of Emotion-Shaming for 10/19/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/ted-rall/10/18/brett-kavanaugh-and-the-politics-of-emotion-shaming Fri, 19 Oct 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>America squandered an important national moment.</p> <p>Judge Brett Kavanaugh wept. On national TV. For 45 minutes. The startling visual of a top-tier political figure quaveringly weaving between the emotional cones of anger, embarrassment and despair had the potential to launch a national conversation about masculinity and society's response to men who lay bare their emotions.<p>Updated: Fri Oct 19, 2018</p> 917a63e031b7feda351077ae7c29d7e9 How Brett Kavanaugh Framed Himself as a Martyr to the #MeToo Movement for 10/12/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/ted-rall/10/18/how-brett-kavanaugh-framed-himself-as-a-martyr-to-the-metoo-movement Fri, 12 Oct 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p></p><p><p>Updated: Fri Oct 12, 2018</p> cfcc11cfb67d6854f5b4ae88d2e69dc0 Trump Has Revolutionized Politics. Can Democrats Catch Up? for 10/05/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/ted-rall/10/18/trump-has-revolutionized-politics-can-democrats-catch-up Fri, 05 Oct 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Donald Trump may last; he may go away. But the influence of his revolutionary approach to American politics will endure. What he learned and taught about campaigning will be studied and emulated for years to come. Social media matters. In 2016, his free Twitter feed defeated Hillary Clinton's $1.2 billion fundraising juggernaut.</p> <p>Foot soldiers don't matter. Clinton was everywhere &#8212; every state, most counties. In many states, Trump didn't have a single office.<p>Updated: Fri Oct 05, 2018</p> 4ffdacc4d5bb37a3ea67748d5a8742ab The Brett Kavanaugh Sex Scandals Teach Us that Extremism, Even Supporting Torture, Are A-OK for 09/28/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/ted-rall/09/18/the-brett-kavanaugh-sex-scandals-teach-us-that-extremism-even-supporting-torture-are-a-ok Fri, 28 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>What is wrong with us? Specifically: What is wrong with liberal Democrats?</p> <p>Liberal Democrats are out to get Brett Kavanaugh. They are right to be; he is dangerous. Confirming Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court would lock in a right-wing majority for a generation. Abortion rights would be imperiled, true, but his rulings would also impact us in countless ways no one can predict: privacy, technology, balance of powers, corporate influence.<p>Updated: Fri Sep 28, 2018</p> 89812f08ce7a134c864c0b9445f121c8 Why Christine Ford Vs. Brett Kavanaugh Is a Train Wreck You Can't Look Away From for 09/21/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/ted-rall/09/18/why-christine-ford-vs-brett-kavanaugh-is-a-train-wreck-you-cant-look-away-from Fri, 21 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Christine Blasey Ford has accused Brett Kavanaugh of trying to rape her during a party while they were teenagers. The political stakes are high: If Kavanaugh's confirmation vote fails in the Senate and Democrats win the body back in November, conservatives will watch their dream of a solidly reliable 5-4 majority go up in smoke.</p> <p>What makes the research psychologist's charge culturally interesting &#8212; why people can't talk about much else this week &#8212; are its many layers of debatability.<p>Updated: Fri Sep 21, 2018</p> 916ed8d44850385598f0743000c46f8b All the Anonymous BS That's Fit to Print: Self-Serving Newspapers Ditch Their Own Ethics Rules for 09/14/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/ted-rall/09/18/all-the-anonymous-bs-thats-fit-to-print-self-serving-newspapers-ditch-their-own-ethics-rules Fri, 14 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The most disturbing aspect of The New York Times op-ed by an anonymous "senior official in the Trump Administration" isn't its content.</p> <p>The content isn't significant enough to make an impression.<p>Updated: Fri Sep 14, 2018</p> 8bc088e3755a0b8c86ecda8b19e49b92 If You Don't Hate the Government, You're Not Paying Attention for 09/07/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/ted-rall/09/18/if-you-dont-hate-the-government-youre-not-paying-attention Fri, 07 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Imagine a store that makes its customers miserable. The interior is ugly and uncomfortable. The staff members range from indifferent and slow to rude and incompetent. You pay sky-high prices for inferior goods. Often you pay full price yet leave the place empty-handed.</p> <p>You don't have to be a marketing expert to guess what would happen to such an establishment. It would go out of business. It wouldn't be all that surprising if a mob of ripped-off consumers burned the place down.<p>Updated: Fri Sep 07, 2018</p> d2cd09f8898fea9067fdd40674168387 Please Speak Ill of the Dead for 08/31/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/ted-rall/08/18/please-speak-ill-of-the-dead Fri, 31 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>"Too soon!" That was a standard response to my criticisms of John McCain after his death.</p> <p>My cartoon and social media posts reminded readers that McCain had volunteered to bomb innocent civilians in an illegal war of aggression to prop up a corrupt and reviled regime at the time of his capture. The real heroes of the Vietnam War were the tens of thousands of draft dodgers forced to give up their lives to flee to Canada and the many conscripted veterans who came home appalled by what they had seen and done and spent the rest of their lives fighting for peace.<p>Updated: Fri Aug 31, 2018</p> 9b3637a1144ebc9a1fe8c9306200aacc Don't Fall for the '1st Amendment Equals Free Speech' Trick for 08/24/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/ted-rall/08/18/dont-fall-for-the-1st-amendment-equals-free-speech-trick Fri, 24 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Like climate change, this is one of those problems that I keep expecting people to wise up about but that &#8212; because people never do &#8212; keep getting worse.</p> <p>Thus this tutorial.<p>Updated: Fri Aug 24, 2018</p> bf0fa1ea4d4c84e67214ae9af6b9f2f9 Is Trump a Brand-New Weird Existential Threat to the Republic? for 08/17/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/ted-rall/08/18/is-trump-a-brand-new-weird-existential-threat-to-the-republic Fri, 17 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>This past week, more than 300 American newspapers colluded &#8212; if the word fits &#8212; to simultaneously publish editorials declaring themselves, contra Trump, not "the enemy of the people." Shortly thereafter, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed a resolution declaring that it, too, did not consider the press to be, in a phrase that evokes the rhetoric of the former Soviet Union, state enemies.</p> <p>The Boston Globe organized this journalistic flash mob.<p>Updated: Fri Aug 17, 2018</p> 4aef0c14bdb0246922982ffa26253b0a Corporate Democrats Still Don't Have a Clue How to Get Progressives to Vote for Them for 08/10/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/ted-rall/08/18/corporate-democrats-still-dont-have-a-clue-how-to-get-progressives-to-vote-for-them Fri, 10 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>When 28-year-old Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez upset a 10-term incumbent congressman in New York &#8212; in a set of Democratic primaries that saw self-proclaimed democratic socialists in the Bernie Sanders mold pick up seats across the country &#8212; The New York Times (which, true to its institutional establishmentarianism, didn't bother to cover her campaign) predicted that her victory would "reverberate across the party and the country."</p> <p>That was June 26.<p>Updated: Fri Aug 10, 2018</p> 2f1e8b8cb9a30b39d2b65ef1cbfc9a5b The Constitutional Amendment We Need but Never Thought About for 08/03/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/ted-rall/08/18/the-constitutional-amendment-we-need-but-never-thought-about Fri, 03 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Amendment XXVIII: No law governing a basic human need shall be passed in a jurisdiction whose government fails to provide citizens with the means to fulfill that need.</p> <p>Start gathering petition signatures.<p>Updated: Fri Aug 03, 2018</p> 49da2daeb5790dd25610736d884f6124 The Russia-Trump Collusion Conspiracy Theory is a Dead Letter for 07/27/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/ted-rall/07/18/the-russia-trump-collusion-conspiracy-theory-is-a-dead-letter Fri, 27 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p>The Democrat-led anti-Trump "Resistance" and its numerous media mouthpieces have been promoting their "Russia hacked the election" narrative for two years. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi fired the biggest recent salvo in this campaign after Trump invited Russian President Vladimir Putin to visit Washington.</p> <p>"The notion that President Trump would invite a tyrant to Washington is beyond belief," Pelosi said in a statement on Friday, calling Putin a "thug." (The recurring use of "thug" to describe Russians has become so consistent as to have become a de facto ethnic slur.) "Putin's ongoing attacks on our elections and on Western democracies and his illegal actions in Crimea and the rest of Ukraine deserve the fierce, unanimous condemnation of the international community, not a VIP ticket to our nation's capital."</p> <p>Despite liberals' uncharacteristically focused and sustained efforts &#8212; imagine if Obama and company had pushed as hard for a public option on healthcare! &#8212; their #RussophobiaMatters campaign is doing poorly.<p>Updated: Fri Jul 27, 2018</p> 49bb668619615b46cc2f20687aa4ac25 The Outlook For Democrats In 2020 for 07/20/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/ted-rall/07/18/the-outlook-for-democrats-in-2020 Fri, 20 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>First: No. It's not too early to discuss the 2020 election. The Iowa caucuses are only a year and a half away. Any presidential hopeful who hasn't begun chatting up donors by now will find it nearly impossible to mount a viable campaign.</p> <p>Let's speculate!<p>Updated: Fri Jul 20, 2018</p> 2d30b134826e2f71e8171f77cb2d4769 Meet The For-Profit Private Prison Industry for 07/06/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/ted-rall/07/18/meet-the-for-profit-private-prison-industry Fri, 06 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The Washington Post recently published a revealing and heartbreaking story about forced separation of children from their illegal immigrant parents &#8212; not the Trump-ordered fiasco we've watched over recent weeks at the U.S.-Mexico border, but in the Midwest as the result of brutal ICE raids that have ripped families apart under Presidents Obama and Bush before him. It's beautifully written, worthy of a literature award if not a Pulitzer for journalism. </p> <p>One line leapt out at me: <span class="column--highlighted-text">"Who benefits from this?"</span><p>Updated: Fri Jul 06, 2018</p> ea3bcb34d12fddfc2af0495b16261c24 The Blame is Bipartisan for 06/29/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/ted-rall/06/18/the-blame-is-bipartisan Fri, 29 Jun 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Those who forget history are doomed to repeat its mistakes, blah blah blah, someone said &#8212; Americans don't even pay attention to the news, so how the heck are they supposed to remember it after it becomes history?</p> <p>So we keep making the same mistakes over and over. In foreign policy, the biggest mistake the United States keeps making is interfering in the sovereign domestic politics of foreign countries it doesn't know enough about. More often than not, the U.S. supports the wrong side: a privileged minority who oppresses the people, aka the majority. Eventually, because they are the majority, the people overthrow the jerks. Unsurprisingly to everyone except the State Department, the new government is pissed at the United States.</p> <p>The progressive historian Chalmers Johnson called this stupid cycle "blowback."<p>Updated: Fri Jun 29, 2018</p> 8207111f549e916cd6739698686cbea6 Suicide? No. Society is Murdering Us for 06/15/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/ted-rall/06/18/suicide-no-society-is-murdering-us Fri, 15 Jun 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>They say that 10 million Americans seriously consider committing suicide every year. In 1984, when I was 20, I was one of them.</p> <p>Most people who kill themselves feel hopeless. They are miserable and distraught and can't imagine how or if their lives will ever improve. That's how I felt. Within a few months I got expelled from college, dumped by a girlfriend I foolishly believed I would marry, fired from my job and evicted from my apartment. I was homeless, bereft, broke. I didn't have enough money for more than a day of cheap food. And I had no prospects.<p>Updated: Fri Jun 15, 2018</p> f14c98eb132f5c185bdf452c72ea3ee2 Why Blended Primaries are an Assault on Democracy for 06/08/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/ted-rall/06/18/why-blended-primaries-are-an-assault-on-democracy Fri, 08 Jun 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p>California's "jungle primary" system, in which the two candidates who win the most votes advance to the general election in November regardless of their party affiliation, might have resulted in several bizarre outcomes. Look out: given the state's role as a political trendsetter, this weirdness could go national someday.</p> <p>Two Democrats could have wound up facing off against one another for governor, leaving the state's Republicans with no candidate to support. Democrats narrowly avoided getting shut out of four Congressional races in majority Democratic districts, which would have led to a twisted form of anti-majoritarianism. Most citizens of a district would not have had a chance to vote for a candidate representing their preferred party.</p> <p>Democracy dodged a bullet... this time.<p>Updated: Fri Jun 08, 2018</p> 579203349a055cc0b4b5e3b5ccd66f7a #MeToo: A Cultural Workaround to a Legal Failure for 05/25/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/ted-rall/05/18/metoo-a-cultural-workaround-to-a-legal-failure Fri, 25 May 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Then there was Eric Schneiderman.</p> <p>After using his office as a bully pulpit to ride the #MeToo wave, the now-former New York state attorney general is yet another boldface male name to succumb to charges of extreme misogyny. Four of his exes say he subjected them to physical abuse, including choking and slapping their faces. Schneiderman claims the violence was BDSM-related fun for all concerned, just "role-playing and other consensual sexual activity."<p>Updated: Fri May 25, 2018</p> a38227099546e7fbd90d7218ffa0cee3 Iran is Now On a Higher Moral Plane Than the U.S. for 05/18/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/ted-rall/05/18/iran-is-now-on-a-higher-moral-plane-than-the-us Fri, 18 May 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p>President Donald Trump's decision to pull the United States out of the nuclear weapons deal that President Obama cut with Iran brings with it a number of negative ramifications.</p> <p>First and foremost, this unilateral act of reckless brinkmanship increases the chance of war. That's unconscionable. By the way, Iran isn't like Afghanistan or Iraq: it's a big, modern country &#8212; half the size of Europe, with a real military and an air force that can defend itself.</p> <p>Second, like many of Trump's actions, the pullout is a policy decision based on a lie: by every reliable metric, Iran was keeping up its end of the agreement.<p>Updated: Fri May 18, 2018</p>