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 Sat, 04 Jul 2020 02:27:04 -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 8c236fd255d31d6de3a7be897d19aa39 The Data Is Clear: Progressives Should Boycott Biden for 07/04/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/ted-rall/07/20/the-data-is-clear-progressives-should-boycott-biden Sat, 04 Jul 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Once again, the Democratic Party is asking progressives to vote for a presidential nominee who says he disagrees with it about every major issue. This is presented as an offer it cannot refuse. If it casts a protest vote for a third-party candidate like the unionist and environmentalist Howie Hawkins of the Green Party or stays home on that key Tuesday in November, Donald Trump will win a second term &#8212; which would be worse than Biden's first.</p> <p>Which is better for the progressive movement: fall into the two-party trap and vote for Biden, or refuse to be co-opted and possibly increase Trump's reelection chances?<p>Updated: Sat Jul 04, 2020</p> 4c9d1f8af679c1895fb338b2d2bd4472 Resist Evictions and Foreclosures for 06/27/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/ted-rall/06/20/resist-evictions-and-foreclosures Sat, 27 Jun 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>COVID-19 has created the ideal medium for a summer of continuous protest. </p> <p>Political protests and demonstrations used to be weekend affairs during which angry leftists shouted at empty government offices before shuffling home Sunday afternoon to gear up for the workweek. With 1 out of 4 workers having filed for unemployment and many more working from home, tens of millions of Americans have free time to march in the streets. Sporting events, movie theaters, retail stores and even houses of worship are closed due to the coronavirus lockdown. <p>Updated: Sat Jun 27, 2020</p> 40368fa79a8d0b2595fb5a868b9f10e0 Our Politics Need a Culture of Atonement for 06/20/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/ted-rall/06/20/our-politics-need-a-culture-of-atonement Sat, 20 Jun 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Culturally informed by Roman Catholicism's expectation that regret must prompt an apology as well as penance, Western European tradition calls for a rhetorical journey by politicians who claim to have changed course. A chastened leader should explain why and how he came to his previous belief, explain the circumstances that changed his mind and make the case for his new, different policy. He must expend political capital in order to get changes enacted.</p> <p>Charles de Gaulle, who wanted France to retain control of Algeria, had observed the popularity and ferocity of the Algerian independence movement during his frequent visits to Algiers. In 1960, the French president admitted that he'd long been mistaken. "The Algerians will have the free choice of their destiny," he informed a nation stunned by his dramatic reversal. Speaking of political capital, some military officers felt so betrayed they tried to assassinate him. But he brought the Algerian crisis in for a soft landing and regained support.<p>Updated: Sat Jun 20, 2020</p> 36fb517b5b4d656f02403ae65f25decc An Open Letter to Los Angeles Times Executive Editor Norman Pearlstine for 06/13/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/ted-rall/06/20/an-open-letter-to-los-angeles-times-executive-editor-norman-pearlstine Sat, 13 Jun 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Dear Mr. Pearlstine: Last week, you issued a statement acknowledging the role your newspaper has played in the racist oppression of people of color, according to the "LA Podcast." "The Los Angeles Times has a long, well-documented history of fueling the racism and cruelty that accompanied our city's becoming a metropolis," you wrote. You promised reforms including "addressing the concerns of people of color in the newsroom."</p> <p>You admitted that this is merely a start and asked for suggestions for how the Times can redeem itself and earn the trust of readers, especially people of color.<p>Updated: Sat Jun 13, 2020</p> 346ec75a21e3ed1f661e8712f2e41cfe Did I or Didn't I Have COVID-19? Blundering Through Unknowable Truths for 06/06/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/ted-rall/06/20/did-i-or-didnt-i-have-covid-19-blundering-through-unknowable-truths Sat, 06 Jun 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Few things are more terrifying than the unknown, as we are discovering as we struggle to navigate, avoid and (if we fail to avoid) survive a mysterious new virus. That goes double when reliable information is hard to come by; it is unquantifiably worse without credible leadership.</p> <p>"Who ya gonna believe," Chico Marx asked, "me or your own eyes?" More than other cultures of which I am aware, Americans are acculturated to ignore their instincts and the truth of their observations. A smoker might wake up coughing up phlegm every morning for decades, yet he only begins to internalize that tobacco is dangerous to his health after a surgeon general he has never met issues a report. You might live in the same house for years on end but discount your observation of the fact that it used to snow but now it doesn't; global warming only becomes official when hundreds of climate scientists certify what you already knew.<p>Updated: Sat Jun 06, 2020</p> 613e89027333c3514daac1fa55a3ea1f What Happens Next in Afghanistan? The Neo-Taliban for 05/30/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/ted-rall/05/20/what-happens-next-in-afghanistan-the-neo-taliban Sat, 30 May 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>I shouted the text of my latest story about the invasion from a Palm Pilot into a balky Iridium satellite phone. It was at least my third attempt, and the battery was dying. A Village Voice employee assigned to take dictation on the other side of the world interrupted me.</p> <p>"I don't understand," she said, irritated. "Why don't you just go to Kinko's and email it to us?"<p>Updated: Sat May 30, 2020</p> b2bb63e196892aba46388e143c0ebc43 If Trump Wins Again, Don't Blame Progressives. This Is on You, Centrists for 05/23/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/ted-rall/05/20/if-trump-wins-again-dont-blame-progressives-this-is-on-you-centrists Sat, 23 May 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The corporate conservatives who control the Democratic Party are suffering from cheaters' remorse. </p> <p>The DNC and its media allies (NPR, CNN, MSNBC, The New York Times, The Atlantic, Vox, etc.) subverted the will of primary voters, undermining initial front-runner Sen. Bernie Sanders in order to install the worst candidate of the 20 centrists in the campaign. <p>Updated: Sat May 23, 2020</p> f2e0ca9b63be603e946a1d82f7704455 We Need a Centralized Medical System, Too for 05/16/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/ted-rall/05/20/we-need-a-centralized-medical-system-too Sat, 16 May 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The coronavirus pandemic has laid bare two fundamental flaws in the American health care system. </p> <p>No. 1: There's a reason that other rich countries treat health care as a taxpayer-financed social program. Employer-based health insurance was stupid pre-COVID-19 because our economy was already steadily transitioning from traditional full-time W-2 jobs to self-employment, freelance and gig work. The virus has exposed the insanity of this arrangement. Millions of people have been fired over the last two months; now they find themselves uninsured during a global health emergency. The unemployed theoretically face fines for the crime of no longer being able to afford private health care. <p>Updated: Sat May 16, 2020</p> d023d3494a0762c4e0440fa83404c2af So Far, There Is No Reason Not to Believe Tara Reade for 05/09/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/ted-rall/05/20/so-far-there-is-no-reason-not-to-believe-tara-reade Sat, 09 May 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Did Joe Biden finger-rape Tara Reade in the Capitol in 1993? No one knows but the two of them. (Given the former vice president's obviously fragile mental state, he might not remember.)</p> <p>Pending the miraculous discovery of ancient surveillance footage, we may never know the truth about this alleged sexual assault. Still, the issue is worth discussing. To paraphrase former President Richard Nixon, the American people have the right to consider the possibility that a presidential candidate may be a rapist. Reade has the right to be fully heard. Biden has the right to a vigorous defense. And voters have the right to decide whether or not we believe her. <p>Updated: Sat May 09, 2020</p> 2dfafebacd30fe7b959c160ff3760bae Save America. Throw the Landlords Under the Bus for 05/02/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/ted-rall/05/20/save-america-throw-the-landlords-under-the-bus Sat, 02 May 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>We can save the economy. </p> <p>We have to throw the landlords under the bus to do it.<p>Updated: Sat May 02, 2020</p> d7a9b73664b9bb616e0223ac4a807bc6 5 Things the Government Must Do Now to Avoid Collapse and/or Revolution for 04/25/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/ted-rall/04/20/5-things-the-government-must-do-now-to-avoid-collapse-andor-revolution Sat, 25 Apr 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The COVID-19 medical and economic crisis remains mostly unaddressed by both the Republican and Democratic parties. They have only passed one piece of legislation that significantly helps workers: supplementing existing state unemployment benefits by $600 per week. Those additional payments expire in four months. Until then, many people who are out of work will receive about $1,000 a week. If the past is precedent, Congress is likely to renew the law.</p> <p>Aside from expanded unemployment checks, the government has been useless.<p>Updated: Sat Apr 25, 2020</p> 49b8de990b83a525f1e3c45a4c979aa8 Why We Need a New Progressive Party and How We Can Create It for 04/18/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/ted-rall/04/20/why-we-need-a-new-progressive-party-and-how-we-can-create-it Sat, 18 Apr 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>There is no room for progressives in the Democratic Party.</p> <p>No matter how many votes he or she gets, no progressive will be permitted to be the presidential nominee of the Democratic Party.<p>Updated: Sat Apr 18, 2020</p> 88ad1e7ac4b78fd0514e17ff8e5103d1 Neither Elizabeth Warren Nor Other Congressmen Have a Plan for the COVID-19 Depression for 04/14/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/ted-rall/04/20/neither-elizabeth-warren-nor-other-congressmen-have-a-plan-for-the-covid-19-depression Tue, 14 Apr 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>At least 16 million Americans have lost their jobs to the shutdown ordered to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus. That staggering number does not include those who were unable to file due to crashing state websites overwhelmed by new claims, or by freelancers whom the government doesn't count as unemployed when they lose their gigs. This is only going to get worse &#8212; <i> much </i> worse.</p> <p>Only one entity has the financial and organizational resources to mitigate the damage and forestall a total societal collapse reminiscent of the Soviet Union in 1991: the federal government.<p>Updated: Tue Apr 14, 2020</p> 14aed144c559b61fdfd4e1f511903f04 Progressives Decide: Dignity and Freedom, or Voting for Biden for 04/11/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/ted-rall/04/20/progressives-decide-dignity-and-freedom-or-voting-for-biden Sat, 11 Apr 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Bernie Sanders is out of the race, and with him goes the last chance for progressivism to take over the Democratic Party for a generation.</p> <p>Now his supporters will decide what to do. Intransigent #BernieOrBusters will cast about for a third-party vote, write in Bernie or sit out the election in November. Other left-leaning voters will hope against hope that as president, Joe Biden would either pivot to the left or appoint progressive-minded Cabinet members, and maybe tap Elizabeth Warren as vice president. This would all be to run the country as he continues to fade into the dying of the light.<p>Updated: Sat Apr 11, 2020</p> 46bcfd3c83865ab039df161a7f6a2ea3 The Speech Trump Must but Cannot Give for 04/04/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/ted-rall/04/20/the-speech-trump-must-but-cannot-give Sat, 04 Apr 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Some of my commentary about politics is presented in the form of "advice" to the ruling classes. Please understand: I don't really expect those in the ruling class to take my advice. My advice is not really directed toward them. It is a theoretical exercise. </p> <p>I am really speaking to you, the people. My goal is to set a standard of behavior and policy to which we are entitled and ought to expect the ruling class to conform. I set a minimal bar. I know that the ruling class will not meet the minimum standard. I want our rulers' failures to be placed in the sharpest possible relief so we can judge them accordingly and take the next logical step, getting rid of them.<p>Updated: Sat Apr 04, 2020</p> 9d996b0bd426d975a8584ecfacb2ecae My Dead French Grandfather Helped Me With COVID-19 for 03/28/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/ted-rall/03/20/my-dead-french-grandfather-helped-me-with-covid-19 Sat, 28 Mar 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>After my mother died on Feb. 7, I gathered her valuables and photo albums and drove home to New York. But there wasn't enough room in the car for everything I wanted to keep.</p> <p>There were tchotchkes such as a silly white ceramic saltshaker and pepper shaker in the shape of Arab kings. They weren't my taste, but they had been there my entire life, so I wanted them. There was a box of birth certificates and other official documents from her parents and grandparents back in France. And her bike. She had bought a wooden chair for $5 at a garage sale, stripped off the hideous paint and discovered it was an early 19th-century Shaker; I didn't want to let that go.<p>Updated: Sat Mar 28, 2020</p> 65f02e9a22b1982ce85f0d4cefbfa458 We Should Attach Strings to Corporate Bailouts for 03/21/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/ted-rall/03/20/we-should-attach-strings-to-corporate-bailouts Sat, 21 Mar 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>It's the end of the world as we know it, and the banks and airlines feel fine because even in the midst of economic collapse, CEOs can sleep soundly at night, secure in the knowledge that the American taxpayer will bail them out. Again. </p> <p>All they have to do is wait a respectable six to 12 months after the wire transfer clears to start giving themselves raises, renovating executive suites and buying back their stock.<p>Updated: Sat Mar 21, 2020</p> 7bba4a1f8414e28eda6801f362d92dc9 Joe Biden Obviously Has Dementia and Should Withdraw for 03/14/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/ted-rall/03/20/joe-biden-obviously-has-dementia-and-should-withdraw Sat, 14 Mar 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>You Democrats ought to be ashamed of yourselves.</p> <p>You spent the last four years criticizing President Donald Trump in no small part for his mental state, and rightly so. The Founding Fathers included an impeachment provision in the Constitution in large part as a contingency to remove a president exactly like him, whose temperament and personality and mental state are incompatible with the requirements of the highest elected office in the land. <p>Updated: Sat Mar 14, 2020</p> 191c77c41af7ac4d378fbbaa033dbe38 Trump's Second Term? Not Worth Freaking out About for 03/07/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/ted-rall/03/20/trumps-second-term-not-worth-freaking-out-about Sat, 07 Mar 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>You've heard it so often that you may well believe it's true: President Donald Trump's second term would be a disaster, for the Democratic Party, for the United States, for democracy itself. "The reelection of Donald Trump," warns Nancy Pelosi, "would do irreparable damage to the United States."</p> <p>But would it really?<p>Updated: Sat Mar 07, 2020</p> b15ccb69dd5f9ffa56ee85d9bf1c3466 Don't Worry, Centrists. Bernie Isn't Radical for 02/29/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/ted-rall/02/20/dont-worry-centrists-bernie-isnt-radical Sat, 29 Feb 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Watching panicky corporate-owned Democrats twist on the devil's fork of Bernie Sanders' "political revolution" is almost as much fun as it must have been for my mom and her fellow villagers to watch Vichy collaborators and Nazi sympathizers being executed by the resistance at the end of World War II. (That, Chris Matthews, is how you do a Nazi-to-2020 metaphor.)</p> <p>Centrist/moderate/Third Way Dems are afraid of Bernie, not because he would lose to President Donald Trump or inverse-coattail down-ballot candidates but because they would lose their longstanding minority control of the party apparatus. After the convention in Milwaukee, for example, the nominee gets to choose the new Democratic National Committee chairman. Sanders will not keep Tom Perez.<p>Updated: Sat Feb 29, 2020</p>