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 Thu, 19 Apr 2018 09:27:13 -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 5859e167aec52f9dd6cf5b57b71719b7 The Media Never Gives Peace A Chance for 04/13/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/ted-rall/04/18/the-media-never-gives-peace-a-chance Fri, 13 Apr 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p>At this writing, President Trump is considering "the possibility of retaliation in Syria in response to a suspected chemical attack on young children and families in the Syrian city of Douma," reported CBS News. "If it's the Russians, if it's Syria, if it's Iran, if it's all of them together, we'll figure it out," Trump said. "Nothing's off the table," including a military attack by the United States.</p> <p>Whether that possibility involves a cruise missile strike, drone attacks or conventional bombing raids by fighter jets, this is deadly serious business. People, mostly innocent civilians and Syrian grunts who had nothing to do with the "suspected" chemical attack, will die. People will be injured. Survivors will be traumatized. An attack could escalate and expand the current conflict, leading to more death and destruction.</p> <p>The stakes are high, but U.S. policymakers are as glibly insouciant as if they were choosing between Hulu and Netflix. This is not new or Trumpian. It's always been like this. American leaders don't take these life-and-death decisions seriously.<p>Updated: Fri Apr 13, 2018</p> 5e61b46056f64d794458b125b3ed8f3a #Neveragain Movement: Settle On A Clear Demand for 04/06/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/ted-rall/04/18/neveragain-movement-settle-on-a-clear-demand Fri, 06 Apr 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Eight hundred thousand people participated in the March for Our Lives rally in Washington on March 24, say organizers with the #NeverAgain movement sparked by the Parkland, Florida school massacre. The turnout was impressive &#8212; but will it lead to new gun legislation?</p> <p>History suggests no. But victory is achievable &#8212; if rallies are sharpened in focus.<p>Updated: Fri Apr 06, 2018</p> 6800b2515a9d1e1e2b76b40b808d8e65 Hiring John Bolton is Donald Trump's Most Dangerous Decision for 03/23/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/ted-rall/03/18/hiring-john-bolton-is-donald-trumps-most-dangerous-decision Fri, 23 Mar 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Personnel is policy, they say in Washington. The appointment of John Bolton as national security advisor is by far President Trump's most dangerous decision.</p> <p>When the president considers foreign policy, no one is closer to his ear than his national security advisor. He will discuss questions of war and peace with military generals and members of his cabinet, but when there's a diversity of opinion, the views of a national security advisor can be determinative.</p> <p>"Brent Scowcroft defined the role of the National Security Advisor," wrote Stephen J. Hadley, former National Security Advisor under George W. Bush."The only person to hold the job twice [under Ford and George H.W. Bush], Brent established the 'Scowcroft Model' for all who followed him in the job: Be an 'Honest Broker,' running a fair, transparent, and inclusive process for bringing issues to the president."<p>Updated: Fri Mar 23, 2018</p> bf02bef6435106206b9749c9ddee98a8 Democrats Should Run On Impeachment for 03/16/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/ted-rall/03/18/democrats-should-run-on-impeachment Fri, 16 Mar 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Democrats are already counting their electoral chickens for the midterms - but their unwillingness to lay out a clear agenda may be about to hand the party their second devastating defeat in two years.</p> <p>Everyone is playing the Special Election Game.</p> <p>Tealeaf readers are obsessed. Does last November's Democratic win in the Virginia governor's race presage a Blue Wave, or was it simply a reflection of ongoing red-to-purple demographics? Should we be surprised that Alabama sent a Democrat (albeit a conservative one) to the Senate &#8212; or that he nearly lost to an alleged pedophile? What about the latest contest in Pennsylvania &#8212; would a Democratic upset in a GOP congressional district spell the beginning of the end for Donald Trump? Or nothing much at all?<p>Updated: Fri Mar 16, 2018</p> 8bc08ba7058ba41a18e4b2220fd0fe0b Divide and Conquer for 03/09/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/ted-rall/03/18/divide-and-conquer Fri, 09 Mar 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Give peace a chance, the song urges. </p> <p>But the United States won't have it.<p>Updated: Fri Mar 09, 2018</p> 018f474ae91a64694fe416bdda9a4285 Never Mind Millennial Apathy, Here's Generation Z for 02/23/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/ted-rall/02/18/never-mind-millennial-apathy-heres-generation-z Fri, 23 Feb 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Like many other Americans this week, I have been impressed with the poise, passion and guts of the Florida teenagers who survived the latest big school shooting, as well as that of their student allies in other cities who walked out of class, took to the streets and/or confronted government officials to demand that they take meaningful action to reduce gun violence. As we mark a series of big 50th anniversaries of the cluster of dramatic events that took place in 1968, one wonders: does this augur a return to the street-level militancy of that tumultuous year?</p> <p>The '60s were the Decade of Youth, an era that ended when Baby Boomers aged out of flowers and free love into jobs and suburbs. Adulthood makes everyone put away childish things &#8212; not that agitating against war and fighting for equal rights is kid stuff &#8212; and to be fair to the Boomers, they were driven off the protest lines by hails of government bullets at places like Kent State University. For my money, the '60s died in 1972, the first year 18-to-20 year-olds got the vote and either didn't show up or used their new franchise to reelect Richard Nixon.</p> <p>Compared to the heyday of the anti-Vietnam War movement, when every little town in America had protests pretty much every day (even just sad little clusters of hippies huddling under umbrellas in the traffic median) for years on end, the activist left has been on hiatus ever since. There were Solidarity Day in 1981 and the Battle of Seattle in 1999 and marches against the Iraq War in 2003 and Occupy Wall Street in 2011 and, recently, a pair of anti-Trump Women's Marches. But those events were intermittent, exceptional, spasmodic. Generation X &#8212; discriminated against, passed over for good jobs, marginalized by culture and media &#8212; was too busy working multiple crappy jobs to organize, protest and effect change.<p>Updated: Fri Feb 23, 2018</p> 559e24ee6fbadeb969288bb44ece2918 On The One Hand, Gun Violence; On The Other Hand, Gun Control for 02/16/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/ted-rall/02/18/on-the-one-hand-gun-violence-on-the-other-hand-gun-control Fri, 16 Feb 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>On the one hand, because it's the 18th school shooting so far this year, the news that another psychologically damaged man shot 17 schoolchildren to death with an AR-15 semiautomatic rifle is not news. Put it on page 27 below the fold, maybe?</p> <p>On the other hand,<span class="column--highlighted-text"> you have to be shocked because these are kids and who do we become if we stop being shocked?</span> Congress and the president should put their heads together and act now.<p>Updated: Fri Feb 16, 2018</p> 9d5f7c6c6c52e7bf3b30755d06570f60 Why Do The Democrats Take Trump's Trolling Lying Down for 02/09/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/ted-rall/02/18/why-do-the-democrats-take-trumps-trolling-lying-down Fri, 09 Feb 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p>This is advice for the Democrats. Democrats never take my advice. So why do I keep giving it to them? </p> <p>These "what Democrats ought to do" columns aren't really for the Democratic Party leadership. They're for you, dear left-of-center reader. I'm explaining what the Dems should be doing and comparing it to what they're actually doing. That gap between what makes sense and what is going on, I hope you'll conclude, is so big that we should declare the Democratic Party dead and gone. Giving up on the Dems is important.</p> <p>The Left will never roll up its sleeves and start building a genuine alternative to the current system until it stops trying, somehow, to take over or sway the Distracticats.<p>Updated: Fri Feb 09, 2018</p> 0ba934f8f9f73ac5fa66da78982e0602 Democrats Could Lose Again This Fall for 02/02/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/ted-rall/02/18/democrats-could-lose-again-this-fall Fri, 02 Feb 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p>You're reading this, so you probably follow political punditry. And if you follow political punditry, you've been hearing the usual corporate suspects predict that one of two things will happen in this fall's midterm elections: either the Democrats will win big (win back the Senate), or they'll win really big (the House, too). Outta the way, Congressional Republicans: here comes the Big Blue Wave!</p> <p>Of course, these are the same clowns who called it big for President Hillary. Yet on and on they yammer, and we have to listen to them since big-money political media won't hire anyone who has a clue.</p> <p>Interestingly, there are early warning signs &#8212; just as there were throughout the 2016 presidential race &#8212; that Democrats may be counting their electoral chickens before they're aborted.<p>Updated: Fri Feb 02, 2018</p> 9af9efdf061359b1fba45f4bbdd46bb8 Democrats Have Hijacked the Anti-Trump Resistance for 01/26/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/ted-rall/01/18/democrats-have-hijacked-the-anti-trump-resistance Fri, 26 Jan 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Leftists want to change the world. They want peace, equal income, equal wealth, equal rights for everybody.</p> <p>Democrats are not part of the Left. If Democrats have their way, the fundamental inequality of American capitalism &#8212; a system in which a small percentage of the people get the majority of the income &#8212; will never change. Democrats apply identity politics as a distraction, in lieu of systematic solutions to class-based discrimination. Democrats demand more women directors in Hollywood, more African-Americans admitted to Ivy League schools, transgendered soldiers in the military so they can join the slaughter of brown people in other countries.<p>Updated: Fri Jan 26, 2018</p> 8738873784fbfc66d041471fbcd7b1b0 So What if President Trump is a Jerk? for 01/19/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/ted-rall/01/18/so-what-if-president-trump-is-a-jerk Fri, 19 Jan 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>President Trump is under fire and we're all "shocked" that his s&#8212;-hole mouth called the (predominantly black) nations of Africa "s&#8212;-holes," helpfully comparing them to (predominantly blonde) Norway to make sure nobody missed the point. To drive home just how angry people are about this (and rightly so), Trump's comment overshadowed news that the government accidentally told the citizens of Hawaii they were about to get nuked. As George W. Bush would say, "that's some weird s&#8212;-."</p> <p>This is a big deal unless you're reading this more than a few days after this writing, at which point Trump will have raised more hell with some new idiotic utterance that makes us forget about this one.<p>Updated: Fri Jan 19, 2018</p> 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>