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 Wed, 23 Jan 2019 16:04:32 -0800 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 4ad8137ebc0cb224fc84a197a2397636 Our Pointless, Vicious, Very American Culture of Shame for 01/18/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/ted-rall/01/19/our-pointless-vicious-very-american-culture-of-shame Fri, 18 Jan 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Puritanism's obsession with guilt and shame, Nathaniel Hawthorne believed, was America's original sin. We haven't made much progress since "The Scarlet Letter."</p> <p>"Do the crime, do the time," goes the cliche. In the United States, when the time ends, the shaming begins.<p>Updated: Fri Jan 18, 2019</p> 656280820956f5e490f0dda648ea426b Here Is the Progressive Agenda for 01/12/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/ted-rall/01/19/here-is-the-progressive-agenda Sat, 12 Jan 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Clintonite corporatists still control the Democratic National Committee, despite their long string of failure at the polls. But the overwhelming majority of Democratic Party voters &#8212; 72 percent &#8212; are self-identified progressives.</p> <p>Forty-four percent of House primary candidates in 2018 self-identified as progressive. If you're after the Democratic nomination for president, you have to be &#8212; or pretend to be &#8212; progressive. Even Hillary Clinton claimed to be "a progressive who gets things done."<p>Updated: Sat Jan 12, 2019</p> b15c8ff10d231081e930c02c74382f87 Death to the DIY Society for 01/04/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/ted-rall/01/19/death-to-the-diy-society Fri, 04 Jan 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>I admit it: My bias derived from self-interest. I was a bag boy. But that didn't make me wrong when I reacted to the news that supermarkets would make customers bag their own groceries. This, I told my friends at the time, is the first brick in a road to perdition.</p> <p>Since the 1970s, corporate efficiency experts have burdened American consumers with a constantly expanding galaxy of tasks that businesses used to perform for them. Craig Lambert calls it "shadow work" &#8212; labor imposed on you that you're not conscious of. <p>Updated: Fri Jan 04, 2019</p> f5e394624425d118965ce9a175e8a01b Liberals Used to Feel Your Pain. Now They Inflict It. for 12/21/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/ted-rall/12/18/liberals-used-to-feel-your-pain-now-they-inflict-it Fri, 21 Dec 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Liberals are supposed to feel other people's pain. Now, they seem more intent on inflicting it.</p> <p>I noticed the de-empathification of the Democratic Party during the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. I lived in one of the 4 out of 5 counties with zero or one plan on offer. Low supply and high demand &#8212; Obamacare required you to buy one or get fined &#8212; resulted in sky-high rates. The one plan in my county's ACA sucked. It cost a $1,400-per-month premium with a $10,000-a-year deductible &#8212; and no in-network doctors within a 90-minute drive.<p>Updated: Fri Dec 21, 2018</p> 7e312ae93b7a25e31be90ee4653ae9ed What Does NY Times Have in Common With the National Enquirer? They Both Love Anti-SLAPP Laws for 12/17/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/ted-rall/12/18/what-does-ny-times-have-in-common-with-the-national-enquirer-they-both-love-anti-slapp-laws Mon, 17 Dec 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>The National Enquirer is in the news rather than reporting it &#8212; not for printing that Elvis is alive and well, but for its alleged role as "a dirty-tricks shop for Donald J. Trump in 2016," as The New York Times put it in an article that described the supermarket tabloid as "the most powerful print publication in America." The Enquirer served as a propaganda rag for The Donald, first targeting Ted Cruz during the primaries and then amplifying anti-Hillary conspiracy theories like "PizzaGate," the ridiculous stories that candidate Clinton was sleeping with Huma Abedin and that she had hired a "hitman" to murder people who annoyed her.</p> <p>It paid $150,000 for the story of a former Playboy model who said she had an affair with our current president &#8212; so they could bury it. (They call this a "catch-and-kill" deal.)<p>Updated: Mon Dec 17, 2018</p> d7732010a1f052d1eee11278f1fa6649 The George HW Bush Hagiography Is the Elites' Finest Accomplishment for 12/07/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/ted-rall/12/18/the-george-hw-bush-hagiography-is-the-elites-finest-accomplishment Fri, 07 Dec 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Even by the recent can't-believe-your-eyes-and-ears standards of American elitist hagiography, this week's over-the-top-of-the-top praise of George H.W. Bush was astonishing.</p> <p>What separated Bush41apalooza from such previous pseudo-griefathons as those for Ronald Reagan and John McCain was that there was so little to work with. But that didn't stop the media.<p>Updated: Fri Dec 07, 2018</p> eeb6425e81d29d0f4b7371fbfc492d59 Trump Is Crazy. Invoke the 25th. for 11/30/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/ted-rall/11/18/trump-is-crazy-invoke-the-25th Fri, 30 Nov 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Never mind the policies. Donald Trump should be removed from office under the 25th Amendment.</p> <p><span class="column--highlighted-text">The reason Trump should be de-presidented has nothing to do with his legislative actions or foreign policy initiatives. Trump won fairly. He has kept his promises. His presidency is legitimate.</span><p>Updated: Fri Nov 30, 2018</p> 6b6ac3264c9e54fe5cd83e024ebe52dc Whatever Happened to the Principled Resignation? The Principled Boycott? for 11/23/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/ted-rall/11/18/whatever-happened-to-the-principled-resignation-the-principled-boycott Fri, 23 Nov 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>This past spring, the president met with his White House counsel to discuss an idea. Donald Trump wanted to order the Justice Department to prosecute Hillary Clinton and James Comey, the FBI director he fired. "It is not clear which accusations Mr. Trump wanted prosecutors to pursue," reported The New York Times.</p> <p>The counsel, Don McGahn, argued against it. He won the day. Trump shelved his boneheaded plan to "lock them up." Clinton remains free to collect six-figure speaking fees from ethically challenged organizations and threaten to run for president again.<p>Updated: Fri Nov 23, 2018</p> 2544cff95c73c1577ce3aaf14ff8fe4f By Law, the President Should Have to Give Daily Press Conferences for 11/16/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/ted-rall/11/18/by-law-the-president-should-have-to-give-daily-press-conferences Fri, 16 Nov 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>News conferences are a double oxymoron. Pressers aren't conferences; conferences involve back-and-forth communication. Nor do they have anything to do with news. News is neither created nor conveyed at a press conference.</p> <p>The one place in the world where news is least likely to happen is a press conference. If I were in charge of a media organization, the last thing I'd spend money on would be a White House correspondent whose role is to sit politely holding up his or her hand, hoping like a compliant schoolchild to be called upon, begging for the privilege of being lied to.<p>Updated: Fri Nov 16, 2018</p> 2265f29e6353e76c1a1a074231717b75 Why Are the Police Caught Flat-Footed by Right-Wing Extremism? Because They Are Right-Wing Extremists. for 11/09/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/ted-rall/11/18/why-are-the-police-caught-flat-footed-by-right-wing-extremism-because-they-are-right-wing-extremists Fri, 09 Nov 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Not for the first time, nor the last, the U.S. has recently been hit by a wave of political violence by right-wing political extremists. People are stunned. Aren't far-right groups like the KKK and Nazi Party relics of history?</p> <p>Clearly not. Package bombs mailed to Democratic politicians and celebrities, the mass shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue, another mass shooting at a Florida yoga studio and the murder of two African-Americans in a Kentucky grocery store have Americans asking two questions: Who's to blame? And why didn't the people we pay to keep us safe see this coming?<p>Updated: Fri Nov 09, 2018</p> ca86dd95ba9254c4b56e02d6f0d5bc8b Who's to Blame for Political Violence? Terror Starts at the Top, Trickles Down for 11/02/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/ted-rall/11/18/whos-to-blame-for-political-violence-terror-starts-at-the-top-trickles-down Fri, 02 Nov 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>There are no eye sockets big enough for the eye-rolling I want to do when I hear American politicians express shock at political violence like the last week's domestic terror trifecta: A racist white man murdered two black people at a Kentucky grocery store, a white right-winger stands accused of mailing more than a dozen pipe bombs to Democratic politicians and celebrities and a white anti-Semite allegedly gunned down 11 people at a Pittsburgh synagogue.</p> <p>There's plenty of blame to go around.<p>Updated: Fri Nov 02, 2018</p> 870c4691f1cbaca8bf51742dd98701ef The Left Will Never Thrive Without Its Own Smart, Entertaining and Well-Funded Media Organization for 10/26/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/ted-rall/10/18/the-left-will-never-thrive-without-its-own-smart-entertaining-and-well-funded-media-organization Fri, 26 Oct 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The U.S. occupation of Afghanistan is in its 17th year, with no end in sight. The U.S. has killed 1 million Iraqis over the last 15 years. We're killing Syrians, Yemenis and Somalis. None of the victims threatened us.</p> <p>And now 20 military veterans and active-duty personnel commit suicide each day.<p>Updated: Fri Oct 26, 2018</p> 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>