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 Fri, 14 May 2021 02:15:44 -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 dcc9d758e1e5c469a10947c6dc742ac1 Burning a Police Station Led to Justice for 05/07/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/ted-rall/05/21/burning-a-police-station-led-to-justice Fri, 07 May 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>As people of good will celebrate or merely breathe a sigh of relief in response to the conviction of Minneapolis former police officer Derek Chauvin for the videotaped murder of George Floyd, <span class="column--highlighted-text">it is worth noting that this victory likely would never have occurred had it not been for a spectacular act of property destruction.</span></p> <p>Yes, there was that damning video. True, the police chief testified for the prosecution. Those factors caused Chauvin's rare conviction. But you can't convict unless you indict first &#8212; and there was no move to indict Chauvin before city officials were scared into filing charges.<p>Updated: Fri May 07, 2021</p> a92ee14893a0aa01fd9cc1a659ddf421 Biden's Left Feint for 04/30/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/ted-rall/04/21/bidens-left-feint Fri, 30 Apr 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>If you don't dig deep, Joe Biden appears to be governing as the most liberal president since Lyndon Johnson. But conservatives needn't worry. Biden is no progressive in centrist's clothing. True, the president's legislative agenda &#8212; after the coronavirus relief bill, which was undeniably progressive &#8212; would expand the social safety net, increase direct aid to citizens in trouble and pay for this expansion of the federal government with tax hikes the way we leftists like them (on corporations and rich individuals). That is, if passed. </p> <p>Which it won't. No one, Biden least of all, expects Congress to approve his big infrastructure or education packages. Recalcitrant Republicans and reluctant red-state Democrats like Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia will probably water the proposed $2.3 trillion infrastructure bill down to virtual under-$1 trillion insignificance. The $1.8 trillion education proposal, which would be funded by a capital-gains tax increase the GOP hates, is an even more desperate Hail Mary pass. <p>Updated: Fri Apr 30, 2021</p> a4b5796bc8e4a9aee0a00d06d7f0fe34 Afghanistan Under the Taliban: It Won't Be Like Last Time for 04/23/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/ted-rall/04/21/afghanistan-under-the-taliban-it-wont-be-like-last-time Fri, 23 Apr 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>We've been in Afghanistan 20 years, Joe Biden's generals told him. All we need is a little more time. The president overruled them, ordering a complete withdrawal of American troops by Sept. 11.</p> <p>Madiha Afzal and Michael O'Hanlon of the Brookings Institution articulate the opposition to Biden's decision to call it quits. Remove the U.S. occupation forces that have maintained stability, they worry, and civil war will soon follow, culminating in the overthrow of the U.S.-backed government in Kabul and the return of the Taliban. They think it will be the late 1990s all over again: women back under burqas, stonings, 14th-century Islam providing a safe haven for anti-Western terrorist groups like al-Qaida.<p>Updated: Fri Apr 23, 2021</p> 5143794ee7c3d825b89f8b3aaa552864 Destroy the Police in Order to Rebuild It for 04/16/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/ted-rall/04/21/destroy-the-police-in-order-to-rebuild-it Fri, 16 Apr 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The killing of 20-year-old Daunte Wright by a Minnesota police officer during a traffic stop is the latest in a long line of high-profile shootings to have sparked widespread protests. As often occurs after these terrible incidents, politicians and editorial boards are floating ways to turn Robocop into Officer Friendly.</p> <p><span class="column--highlighted-text">The trouble with mainstream proposals is that they would nip at the edges of a systemic problem, assuming that the cabal of powerful police unions were to allow their implementation.</span> Nothing short of completely destroying existing police departments and their methods will fix policing that is authoritarian, predatory and violent to its core. We must radically reinvent the purpose, personnel and posture of police officers if Americans seriously want to free people of color (and everyone else) of the abject terror they feel each time flashing lights appear in their rearview mirror. <p>Updated: Mon Apr 19, 2021</p> 179750ce3f9e345207d8797143fddc82 My Predictions for Biden's Probably Truncated Presidency for 04/09/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/ted-rall/04/21/my-predictions-for-bidens-probably-truncated-presidency Fri, 09 Apr 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Beginning in March 2016, I repeatedly and almost famously warned overconfident Democrats &#8212; who ridiculed me for saying so &#8212; that Donald Trump would probably win the 2016 election. Days after Trump's "softly sensuous" inauguration, I accurately predicted the next four years: "Three scenarios show us what everyday life in Trumpian America will probably feel like: Third World dictatorships, prison and having an alcoholic parent."</p> <p>"In a dictatorship," I noted, "particularly where the despot is a megalomaniac in the vein of a Saddam Hussein or a Muammar Gaddafi, citizens obsess over the Great Leader's every move." Never have the American people obsessed for four exhausting years over a president as we did over Trump and his autocratic style.<p>Updated: Fri Apr 09, 2021</p> 89585303eb14550bf31ce51ff99094c9 Demented Thinking About Joe Biden for 04/02/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/ted-rall/04/21/demented-thinking-about-joe-biden Fri, 02 Apr 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The president has dementia.</p> <p>I'm a cartoonist and a writer, and I am most assuredly not a gerontologist. I did not go to medical school. If I am not an expert in aging and cognitive decline, how do I know President Biden has dementia? The same way you and I and everyone else know things to be true despite our lack of credentials: experience and pattern recognition.<p>Updated: Fri Apr 02, 2021</p> 7f26c087ad2e7aa68e703aacf08d97c3 I Am a Victim of Republican Cancel Culture for 03/26/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/ted-rall/03/21/i-am-a-victim-of-republican-cancel-culture Fri, 26 Mar 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p>The debate over cancel culture centers around how the Democratic Party, "woke" activists and politically correct "social justice warriors" expel people from social acceptability or force them into joblessness because something they said or did provoked an online mob. </p> <p>But Republicans have been canceling people for much longer.</p> <p>I am living proof.<p>Updated: Fri Mar 26, 2021</p> 27c8260fade98066d5637aa8c4186099 There Are More Socialists Than Democrats or Republicans. We Should Act Like It for 03/19/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/ted-rall/03/21/there-are-more-socialists-than-democrats-or-republicans-we-should-act-like-it Fri, 19 Mar 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>American leftists find themselves at a tactical crossroad. Will the 39% of Americans (and more than half of those under 30) who steadily oppose capitalism stand up for themselves? Will socialists, progressives, communists, leftist anarchists and leftist libertarians boldly fight to build a movement, thus inspiring other allies of the working class to join the struggle to abolish the vicious and vacuous capitalist system? </p> <p>Or will leftists continue to tolerate and support a corporate Democratic Party that exploits them for their votes, financial contributions and labor while it contemptuously promotes everything they deplore?<p>Updated: Fri Mar 19, 2021</p> 462694a392aa1f5ba4242ed6ba6996d4 In Praise of Bad Weather for 03/12/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/ted-rall/03/21/in-praise-of-bad-weather Fri, 12 Mar 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>There is joy in the air. That joy is misplaced.</p> <p>For that joy might kill us.<p>Updated: Fri Mar 12, 2021</p> d94ffae4b4bf3e426f5076a0dd16eb0f Joe Biden Doesn't Need More Time. He Needs Progressives to Demand an Ambitious Agenda for 03/05/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/ted-rall/03/21/joe-biden-doesnt-need-more-time-he-needs-progressives-to-demand-an-ambitious-agenda Fri, 05 Mar 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>"Give Joe Biden time."</p> <p>"He just got there."<p>Updated: Fri Mar 05, 2021</p> b3d89a74f18e621d74fbdb1a793e8a65 Don't Hate Rush Limbaugh. Copy Him for 02/26/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/ted-rall/02/21/dont-hate-rush-limbaugh-copy-him Fri, 26 Feb 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>My death will make some people giddy with joy. That's cool. I like to make people happy. </p> <p>In the unlikely event that I'm somehow able to witness the gleeful grins and chortles of those who savor the sweet news of my demise, I hope that whatever is left of me on the astral whatever will remain sufficiently objective to recognize the fundamental fairness of the celebrants' reaction. <p>Updated: Fri Feb 26, 2021</p> a3bc43d0cae357938366270dc45aebf5 Biden Offers Moderate Solutions to Radical Problems for 02/19/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/ted-rall/02/21/biden-offers-moderate-solutions-to-radical-problems Fri, 19 Feb 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>"Radical solutions require radical solutions," I wrote in my 2010 book, "The Anti-American Manifesto," a polemic that calls upon us to save ourselves from imminent social, economic and political collapse by overthrowing the system and rebuilding society from the ground up. We currently face several radical problems. But we're not likely to rise to the challenge, because the adherence of President Joe Biden's administration to the Democratic Party's cult of militant moderation ensures that its proposed solutions will mitigate these grave issues &#8212; at best &#8212; with zero chance of avoiding disaster.</p> <p>There is a time and a place for tweaks and minor adjustments. You don't amputate a leg to cure a sprained ankle. Extreme situations require going big; if your oncologist suggests removing half your tumor and then waiting to see how it goes, fire her.<p>Updated: Fri Feb 19, 2021</p> f796c07c67f24997478a23d771368c1b It's Not That Biden Is Too Slow. It's That He's Going Too Small for 02/12/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/ted-rall/02/21/its-not-that-biden-is-too-slow-its-that-hes-going-too-small Fri, 12 Feb 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>In the intraparty Democratic war between progressive leftists and corporate centrists, each side speaks a different language. The two factions' takes on Joe Biden's first weeks as president starkly demonstrate that inability to communicate.</p> <p>Biden's base is his centrist supporters, those who backed him against Sen. Bernie Sanders during the primaries on the grounds that his moderate demeanor and years of wheeling and dealing would allow him to find common ground with Republicans, who would probably continue to control the Senate. Centrists' response to criticism of Biden is that former President Donald Trump's mishandling of the coronavirus crisis, the shattered economy and the deep wound to our national psyche caused and embodied by the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection will take a long time to fix. Impatience, they say, is unrealistic and unfair.<p>Updated: Fri Feb 12, 2021</p> f645b5d6491634697f002f5404c0979b No, It's Not Too Early to Criticize Joe Biden for 02/05/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/ted-rall/02/21/no-its-not-too-early-to-criticize-joe-biden Fri, 05 Feb 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Censorship in mainstream corporate American media outlets is subtle. It's not so much that they spin the truth. It's that they omit pertinent facts and exclude relevant points of view.</p> <p>So it is with politics. Among the tools available to messaging and framing experts is "flooding the field" &#8212; dominating the news with a blizzard of headlines in order to obscure actions they ought to be undertaking but are instead ignoring. That's what we are seeing, or not seeing, from the new Biden administration.<p>Updated: Fri Feb 05, 2021</p> 5d6019ff737a12958c1bd55973475096 Biden's Presidency Has Already Failed for 01/29/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/ted-rall/01/21/bidens-presidency-has-already-failed Fri, 29 Jan 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Donald Trump may soon look back at his defeat as the best thing that ever happened to him. The former president has been disgraced and double-impeached, and faces criminal prosecution. Fortunately for him, he slipped out of Washington, D.C., just in time to avoid the blame for an economic catastrophe no one can fix.</p> <p>No one inside this political system, anyway.<p>Updated: Fri Jan 29, 2021</p> 50ff7be5872d182e03e77163bcb0c008 If You Miss Donald Trump, You'll Love Joe Biden for 01/22/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/ted-rall/01/21/if-you-miss-donald-trump-youll-love-joe-biden Fri, 22 Jan 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>From mainstream left to mainstream right, the media deluge of Donald Trump postmortems share the assumption that 45 represented a departure, deviation or innovation from the comportment and policies of previous American heads of state. True, he was the first man elected president without political or military experience. And as I have previously observed, the former president revolutionized campaigning by relying on social media instead of big travel budget and ad-libbing rather than repeating a pre-packaged stump speech.</p> <p>But there was nothing new about the way he governed.<p>Updated: Fri Jan 22, 2021</p> 6b3e9cad055830f0b6c3b05ed7f4b683 Congress Votes to Arm Violent Mobs That Storm Through Capitols Around the World for 01/15/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/ted-rall/01/21/congress-votes-to-arm-violent-mobs-that-storm-through-capitols-around-the-world Fri, 15 Jan 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Terrified political leaders watched the police who were assigned to protect them melt away. They fled as an angry mob of hooligans, riled up by sketchy allegations of rigged elections, stormed up the stairs of the government building that hosted the debates and deliberations of their venerable democracy. The rioters, reactionary right-wingers from the nation's rural hinterlands, rampaged through the corridors of power, smashing windows, vandalizing offices and looting files and furniture.</p> <p>Political elites deplored the physical appearance and comportment of the protesters. "I'd like to believe and hope that the actions of a mob high on narcotic substances will not totally destabilize this republic," remarked a top official of a neighboring country.<p>Updated: Fri Jan 15, 2021</p> 57070d77a749260e22dfa75bd613ed72 Biden and the Democrats Could Change Everything. But They Won't Try. for 01/08/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/ted-rall/01/21/biden-and-the-democrats-could-change-everything-but-they-wont-try Fri, 08 Jan 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>"When someone shows you who they are," Maya Angelou said, "believe them the first time." We're about to be reminded who and what the corporate-owned Democratic Party is &#8212; something it showed us in 2009.</p> <p>A pair of upset victories in the widely watched pair of Georgia senatorial runoff elections has handed Democrats what they said they needed to get big things done: control of the White House, the House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate. If they want, they have argued over the last year, they will be able to push through a lot of important legislation on the liberal agenda: a dramatic increase in the minimum wage, student loan forgiveness, an eviction ban, "Medicare for All," expanded economic stimulus and addressing the climate crisis come to mind.<p>Updated: Fri Jan 08, 2021</p> 2a395e7753e96b383a852c7a6fd42155 In a Crisis, a Compromise Is Worse Than No Solution At All for 01/01/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/ted-rall/01/21/in-a-crisis-a-compromise-is-worse-than-no-solution-at-all Fri, 01 Jan 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Late last month, I wrote that there was a strong chance &#8212; I called it 50-50 &#8212; that Donald Trump would engineer a "self-coup" in order to remain in power despite having lost the election. </p> <p>The president, I explained, is a desperate cornered rat. Once he leaves office, he becomes vulnerable to a variety of criminal investigations. By far, the one he has to worry about the most is being conducted by the Manhattan district attorney into corrupt business practices, charges that could not be discharged by a presidential pardon if President-elect Joe Biden were to issue one. Trump "could spend the rest of his life in prison," I wrote, "unless he declares martial law and becomes America's first dictator."<p>Updated: Fri Jan 01, 2021</p> ec716706af423f7683c7d3e584365171 In a Crisis, a Compromise Solution Is Worse Than No Solution At All for 12/25/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/ted-rall/12/20/in-a-crisis-a-compromise-solution-is-worse-than-no-solution-at-all Fri, 25 Dec 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>The raging argument on the left between progressives who argue for radical change and centrists who advocate for incrementalism is hardly new. Nearly a century ago, progressive titan and Wisconsin Gov. Robert La Follette and then-President Franklin D. Roosevelt were often at loggerheads over the same question.</p> <p>Roosevelt, La Follette complained, was too quick to compromise with reactionaries. FDR insisted that "half a loaf is better than no bread." While that might seem intuitively obvious, La Follette had a ready reply. "Half a loaf, as a rule, dulls the appetite, and destroys the keenness of interest in attaining the full loaf." That can be dangerous. The average adult male requires approximately 2,500 calories of nutrition per day. Twelve hundred and fifty is better than zero, but 1,250 is still malnutrition that would eventually kill him. <p>Updated: Fri Dec 25, 2020</p>