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, 19 Jan 2018 00:40:42 -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 93f68fa63750e1c33f6f5834dfb8853f 'The Post': No Way Today's Newspapers Would Publish The Pentagon Papers for 01/12/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/ted-rall/01/18/the-post-no-way-todays-newspapers-would-publish-the-pentagon-papers Fri, 12 Jan 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Steven Spielberg's new movie "The Post" depicts a newspaper's decision to defy the government, risk its financial health and imprisonment of its editors in order to report a hard truth and defend the press' First Amendment rights by publishing the Pentagon Papers.</p> <p>After the Washington Post's decision to inform the American people that top government officials had known that the Vietnam War was unwinnable yet had repeatedly lied about it for years, editor Ben Bradlee (played by Tom Hanks) dumps a pile of out-of-town newspapers on a desk for publisher Katherine Graham (Meryl Streep) to see. We've started a "rebellion," Bradlee informs Graham. We're no longer in speaking truth to power.</p> <p>No way would that happen today.<p>Updated: Fri Jan 12, 2018</p> 5f9d2bcbcf9375d324f0f7725ca1cd53 Michael Wolff's Book Shows Hillary Clinton was an Even Worse Candidate Than We Thought for 01/05/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/ted-rall/01/18/michael-wolffs-book-shows-hillary-clinton-was-an-even-worse-candidate-than-we-thought Fri, 05 Jan 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>For over a year, I've been saying that Donald Trump is a dog who caught a car: he wanted to run for president, not be president.</p> <p>Looks like my theory is confirmed.<p>Updated: Fri Jan 05, 2018</p> f065a559c11e63f300296663e4f7009b If Hillary Clinton Had Won, We'd Be Even Worse for 12/29/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/ted-rall/12/17/if-hillary-clinton-had-won-wed-be-even-worse Fri, 29 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0800 <p>What if Hillary Clinton had won 114,000 more votes in four key states? Or, what if she'd picked up the two to three percent of the vote she lost because Bernie Sanders' supporters sat on their hands on election day? She'd be "Clinton 2" or "Clinton 45" or "the second President Clinton" &#8212; and the world would look very different.</p> <p>In terms of personnel and therefore policy, a Clinton Administration II would look and feel like a mash-up of Obama's third term and a throwback to figures who populated her husband's White House during the 1990s. Having moved to the right since Bill's first term, progressive figures like then-Labor Secretary Robert Reich would be out in the cold. Rahm Emanuel and Timothy Geithner could expect cabinet offers. So could some Bush-era neo-cons like Robert Kagan.</p> <p>Hillary didn't promise much change to domestic policy during her campaign. Her biggest proposal was to spend $275 billion on infrastructure, which would have left us $1.3 trillion short of what's needed. Not that she could have gotten it through the Republican Congress.<p>Updated: Fri Dec 29, 2017</p> b06c4f92b01e5ad4910253e9a330a8e7 Lost Opportunities For Women: Sexism Sucks, but Blame Capitalism More for 12/22/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/ted-rall/12/17/lost-opportunities-for-women-sexism-sucks-but-blame-capitalism-more Fri, 22 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0800 <p>One of the points many women have made since the beginning of the current national discussion about sexual assault and harassment has been that sexism and misogyny have cost women countless opportunities to achieve their full potential. Probably because this began with Harvey Weinstein, much of the mourning of opportunity costs focused on Hollywood: New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd mentioned her reaction to research she did on the topic: "I got more and more angry as I realized that these women were being systematically excluded based on ridiculous biases."</p> <p>It's an excellent, long-overdue point: Who could possibly count how many brilliant women have been denied high-profile roles as actors and directors and studio executives as the result of the studios' toxic "casting couch" culture? How much great insight and entertainment have the rest of us, including men, lost because we have been denied the full expression of women censored because they refused to sleep with some nasty executive? </p> <p>Outside the world of entertainment, might cancer have been cured had more women been encouraged to enter a STEM career?<p>Updated: Fri Dec 22, 2017</p> 9a6886ea1fdbdafa58799f5297199f99 Will President Trump Last Another Year? for 12/08/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/ted-rall/12/17/will-president-trump-last-another-year Fri, 08 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Some political experts doubted that Donald J. Trump would tough it out this long. This, after all, was a very strange man, possibly afflicted by obsessive-compulsive disorder to the point that he even floated the idea of staying in New York.</p> <p>He moved to Washington. But Trump's dangerous old compulsions remain: Twitter diarrhea. Impulsiveness. Recklessness. He insults adversaries whose cooperation he needs. He's allergic to compromise. Will these character defects destroy him politically in 2018?<p>Updated: Fri Dec 08, 2017</p> 653bfb81af752029939e1042779fb097 Trump, The Tape and a Bunch of Lazy Journalists for 12/01/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/ted-rall/12/17/trump-the-tape-and-a-bunch-of-lazy-journalists Fri, 01 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>"The tape, without question, is real."</p> <p>I expected better from The New York Times.<p>Updated: Fri Dec 01, 2017</p> a2b74ed75cb5b884320d5c1a15cd6eef Sexual Harassment And The End Of Team Politics for 11/24/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/ted-rall/11/17/sexual-harassment-and-the-end-of-team-politics Fri, 24 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Until the 1990s, American electoral politics were divided ideologically, between the opposing ideas of liberalism and conservatism. Now we have Team Politics: Democrat versus Republican, my party right or wrong.</p> <p>Back then, Rush Limbaugh sometimes accused the Republican Party of betraying conservative principles. At the same time, the liberal op-ed writers at the New York Times occasionally took the Democratic Party to task for not being liberal enough. </p> <p>Those things don't happen now. Americans back their party the same way they back their favorite sports team &#8212; with automatic, stupid loyalty.<p>Updated: Fri Nov 24, 2017</p> ce66ee71c24e78f8f8a4f2d32afb180b How Society Makes Victimhood a No-Win Proposition for 11/17/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/ted-rall/11/17/how-society-makes-victimhood-a-no-win-proposition Fri, 17 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0800 <p>From Clarence Thomas to Jerry Sandusky to Bill Cosby to Harvey Weinstein, those who doubt their accusers always ask something similar to what Roy Moore said about those who accused him of sexual harassment and assault: "To think grown women would wait 40 years before a general election to bring charges is unbelievable."</p> <p>What takes so long? Why don't alleged victims head straight to the police?</p> <p>Shame and fear of disbelief.<p>Updated: Fri Nov 17, 2017</p> 5c2a1130d05ff9880cadeee381ed0fa8 The Weird Politics Of Sexual Harassment for 11/10/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/ted-rall/11/17/the-weird-politics-of-sexual-harassment Fri, 10 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0800 <p>When the Kevin Spacey story first broke, he stood accused of one act of wrongdoing: aggressively hitting on a 14-year-old boy. </p> <p>If true, this is wrong. Very wrong. Obviously. Adults shouldn't proposition children. But this happened more than 30 years ago. The nature of the response &#8212; Netflix distanced itself from the star of its hit show "House of Cards" by announcing its previously secret decision to end the series next year &#8212; seems like the wrong response to the actor's behavior...and one that has become all too typical.</p> <p>Bear in mind, this was before other people stepped forward to say Spacey had sexually harassed them. Some of Spacey's accusers worked on "House of Cards." After that, Netflix would have been derelict not to put Spacey on hiatus as the accusations get sorted out, and to fire him for creating a toxic work environment for its current employees. Which is what it did.<p>Updated: Fri Nov 10, 2017</p> 79bc7db8ce89f9313289dc1646724222 Another Reason To Protect Bicycle and Pedestrian Paths From Cars for 11/03/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/ted-rall/11/17/another-reason-to-protect-bicycle-and-pedestrian-paths-from-cars Fri, 03 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p>This week's ISIS-inspired truck attack in lower Manhattan by Uzbek immigrant Sayfullo Saipov has prompted discussions on a number of fronts. There is blowback, the foreign-policy-chickens-come-home-to-roost indicated by an increasing number of radical Islamists emerging from the former Soviet republic of Uzbekistan, a Central Asian nation whose brutal dictatorship is financed and armed by our U.S. taxdollars.</p> <p>There is the ongoing verbal diarrhea of our mentally diseased president, whose tweets that Saipov deserves the "DEATH PENALTY" (caps his) were overshadowed by his even more outlandish suggestion that the suspect be reclassified as an "enemy combatant" (a Bush-era phrase undefined by American law) and sent to the U.S. torture-concentration camp at Guantanamo. Always the opportunist, Trump also said the "diversity visa" program ought to be abolished because Saipov came to the U.S. under what is more commonly known as the visa lottery.</p> <p>Seems to me that the biggest issue raised by the New York attack is the one we're not talking about: the need to protect bicyclists from cars and trucks on public roadways.<p>Updated: Fri Nov 03, 2017</p> 924b6741493f68df591120b1c8483a32 #MenToo? for 10/27/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/ted-rall/10/17/mentoo Fri, 27 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Post-Harvey Weinstein, the pitchforks are out &#8212; and with good reason. Women and girls have been diminished, objectified, exploited, terrorized, discriminated against and sexually harassed forever. Only fools thought sexism and misogyny at the hands of male oppression had been eliminated, but many people had reason to assume things had improved post-Gloria Steinem in the 1970s, when "male chauvinist pig" became a sitcom meme. Weinstein and Bill O'Reilly et al. demonstrate that, at the apex of the power structure, nothing really changed.</p> <p>Rape culture &#8212; the insidious vapor that women wade through every day, whether it's inappropriate sexist or sexual remarks, gauging whether it's safe to take their boss up on an offer for drinks that could lead to a promotion, and/or an unwanted sexual advance, or hesitating to tell a wolf-whistling construction worker where he can stick it because he could break her face without breaking a sweat &#8212; does not afflict men to any significant extent. Men feel fear walking down a city street at 1 a.m. in a bad neighborhood; women feel it all the time in every neighborhood.<p>Updated: Fri Oct 27, 2017</p> 5c3cdc525c82542cdcb47d15084c2c30 Why Girls In The Boy Scouts Feels Weird for 10/20/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/ted-rall/10/17/why-girls-in-the-boy-scouts-feels-weird Fri, 20 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>I'm not a traditionalist. Progress is good. The fact that we've always done something a certain way is no argument for continuing to do it the same way.</p> <p>I'm not a fan of single-sex environments, whether they be schools, workplaces or civic organizations. I've worked in all-male spaces (a Wall Street trading room, a taxi garage) and found the testosterone-fueled machismo toxic and thoughtless. I lived in a 99 percent female college dorm and worked in a 80 percent female office (banking consultancy); there was oppression there, too, in a more groupthink conform-or-die way (like in the movie "The Beguiled," but less murderous and more inane). The majority gender always discriminates against the minority.<p>Updated: Fri Oct 20, 2017</p> ca4825b647f0015e02233aa5fbefe1f2 What Would The U.S. Look Like if We Built it from Scratch? for 10/13/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/ted-rall/10/17/what-would-the-us-look-like-if-we-built-it-from-scratch Fri, 13 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Imagine that there was another revolution. And that nothing big had changed. Demographics, power dynamics, culture, our economic system and political values were pretty much the same as they are now. If we Americans rolled up our sleeves and reimagined our political system from scratch, if we wrote up a brand-new constitution for 2017, what would a brand-spanking-new United States Version 2.0 look like today?</p> <p>A lot of stuff would be different. Like, there wouldn't be an electoral college. (Only a handful of countries, mainly autocracies in the developing world, do.)</p> <p>There probably wouldn't be a Second Amendment; if there were, it would certainly be limited to the right to own pistols and hunting weapons. And the vast majority of gun owners believe in regulations like background checks.<p>Updated: Fri Oct 13, 2017</p> eaee9f3c1c22f7d0b368b3418f1082b2 Hugh Hefner Said His Critics Were Prudes And Puritans for 10/06/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/ted-rall/10/17/hugh-hefner-said-his-critics-were-prudes-and-puritans Fri, 06 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>No one has ever accused Ross Douthat of excessive astuteness. "Donald Trump isn't going to be the Republican nominee," wrote in January 2016. Dude is paid to prognosticate politics. Even so, Douthat probably pulls down six figures at The New York Times, which doesn't grant me the courtesy of a rejection letter. So people pay attention to him.</p> <p>"Hef was the grinning pimp of the sexual revolution, with quaaludes for the ladies and Viagra for himself &#8212; a father of smut addictions and eating disorders, abortions and divorce and syphilis, a pretentious huckster who published Updike stories no one read while doing flesh procurement for celebrities, a revolutionary whose revolution chiefly benefited men much like himself," Douthat wrote upon the Playboy founder's passing.<p>Updated: Fri Oct 06, 2017</p> ea6ddb75fec9df434e9bee3a8172a9ba The Pledge Of Allegiance Is Anti-American for 09/29/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/ted-rall/09/17/the-pledge-of-allegiance-is-anti-american Fri, 29 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Right-wingers conflate nationalism with patriotism. But they're not the same thing. Patriots love their country because it does good things; for nationalists it's our country, right or wrong. A lot of things nationalists consider patriotic couldn't possibly be more un-American.</p> <p>The singing of the national anthem before sporting events and the reciting of the Pledge of Allegiance are prime examples.<p>Updated: Fri Sep 29, 2017</p> 02cf5c98cb68ad3f38db5f92e0ed1a88 No Man Is Above The Law -- Except On College Campuses for 09/22/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/ted-rall/09/17/no-man-is-above-the-law-except-on-college-campuses Fri, 22 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Freshman orientation, Columbia University, New York City, fall 1981: Speeches. A blur of upperclassmen, professors and deans welcomed us, explained campus resources and laid out dos and don'ts. At one point, the topic of the campus drug policy came up. "You can do whatever you want in your dorm room," we were told, "just make sure it's OK with your roommate." A ripple of surprise swept the audience. Several students asked for elaboration of this don't-ask-don't-tell policy on illegal narcotics, and were told that they'd heard correctly.</p> <p>One of my friends, who grew pot plants in his window, proved the wisdom of that advice. My pal's Born Again Christian roomie, not consulted about his grow house scheme, attacked him in what became a legendary fistfight out of a Western.<p>Updated: Fri Sep 22, 2017</p> b5340ce3967ad7864c98423519dcf3c4 Want Real Political Change? for 09/15/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/ted-rall/09/17/want-real-political-change Fri, 15 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Tired of Trump? Members of Congress can impeach him. But they won't do anything unless you actually <i> do something. </i></p> <p>Doing something does not mean signing an online petition. Donating to Bernie Sanders' Our Revolution is nice, but your cash can't depose the oligarchs. Doing something does not mean voting Democratic; both parties are beholden to corporations who demand business as usual. It doesn't even mean supporting progressive Democrats in primaries against incumbent corporate Democrats; incumbents almost always win.<p>Updated: Fri Sep 15, 2017</p> 7f7eac8b5933b19eab18edca3a98a758 Obama Screwed The DACA Dreamers Before Trump Did for 09/08/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/ted-rall/09/17/obama-screwed-the-daca-dreamers-before-trump-did Fri, 08 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Attorney General Jeff Sessions' September 5 announcement that the Trump Administration is repealing Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program for children brought into the United States illegally marks another political low point for a president who stages his photos so he looks tough "like Churchill" but whose governance is so wobbly and noncommittal that he's elevated waffling to an artform.</p> <p>The DREAMers, Trump said in November, "shouldn't be very worried."</p> <p>"I love these kids," Trump said. But the president loves his far-right nativist base more.<p>Updated: Fri Sep 08, 2017</p> 15ce016b33436946386f34eeb738525a Progressive, Heal Thyself for 09/01/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/ted-rall/09/17/progressive-heal-thyself Fri, 01 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Many progressives are stupid. Unless they get smart soon, "The Resistance" to Donald Trump will fail, just like everything else the Left has tried to do for the last 40 years.</p> <p>Stupid progressive thing #1: letting yourself be shocked by Trump.</p> <p>Far too many lefties still can't believe that the Orange One won the election, or that as president he's so stupid and mean and right-wing.<p>Updated: Fri Sep 01, 2017</p> b8ed6732de329bd00c35c57a3e62d0ce Trump Is Doomed, But Not Because He Is A Nazi Sympathizer for 08/25/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/ted-rall/08/17/trump-is-doomed-but-not-because-he-is-a-nazi-sympathizer Fri, 25 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Unlike many of my colleagues, I knew Trump would probably win. Based on the president's congenital laziness and short attention span that I documented in my biography, I also predicted that his administration would be characterized by a lack of focus or follow-through. I did pretty well by my readers.</p> <p>But there's one thing I never saw coming.</p> <p>I didn't know he was a far-right extremist.<p>Updated: Fri Aug 25, 2017</p>