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, 15 Dec 2018 05:09:47 -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 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> 9b3637a1144ebc9a1fe8c9306200aacc Don't Fall for the '1st Amendment Equals Free Speech' Trick for 08/24/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/ted-rall/08/18/dont-fall-for-the-1st-amendment-equals-free-speech-trick Fri, 24 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Like climate change, this is one of those problems that I keep expecting people to wise up about but that &#8212; because people never do &#8212; keep getting worse.</p> <p>Thus this tutorial.<p>Updated: Fri Aug 24, 2018</p> bf0fa1ea4d4c84e67214ae9af6b9f2f9 Is Trump a Brand-New Weird Existential Threat to the Republic? for 08/17/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/ted-rall/08/18/is-trump-a-brand-new-weird-existential-threat-to-the-republic Fri, 17 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>This past week, more than 300 American newspapers colluded &#8212; if the word fits &#8212; to simultaneously publish editorials declaring themselves, contra Trump, not "the enemy of the people." Shortly thereafter, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed a resolution declaring that it, too, did not consider the press to be, in a phrase that evokes the rhetoric of the former Soviet Union, state enemies.</p> <p>The Boston Globe organized this journalistic flash mob.<p>Updated: Fri Aug 17, 2018</p> 4aef0c14bdb0246922982ffa26253b0a Corporate Democrats Still Don't Have a Clue How to Get Progressives to Vote for Them for 08/10/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/ted-rall/08/18/corporate-democrats-still-dont-have-a-clue-how-to-get-progressives-to-vote-for-them Fri, 10 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>When 28-year-old Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez upset a 10-term incumbent congressman in New York &#8212; in a set of Democratic primaries that saw self-proclaimed democratic socialists in the Bernie Sanders mold pick up seats across the country &#8212; The New York Times (which, true to its institutional establishmentarianism, didn't bother to cover her campaign) predicted that her victory would "reverberate across the party and the country."</p> <p>That was June 26.<p>Updated: Fri Aug 10, 2018</p> 2f1e8b8cb9a30b39d2b65ef1cbfc9a5b The Constitutional Amendment We Need but Never Thought About for 08/03/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/ted-rall/08/18/the-constitutional-amendment-we-need-but-never-thought-about Fri, 03 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Amendment XXVIII: No law governing a basic human need shall be passed in a jurisdiction whose government fails to provide citizens with the means to fulfill that need.</p> <p>Start gathering petition signatures.<p>Updated: Fri Aug 03, 2018</p> 49da2daeb5790dd25610736d884f6124 The Russia-Trump Collusion Conspiracy Theory is a Dead Letter for 07/27/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/ted-rall/07/18/the-russia-trump-collusion-conspiracy-theory-is-a-dead-letter Fri, 27 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p>The Democrat-led anti-Trump "Resistance" and its numerous media mouthpieces have been promoting their "Russia hacked the election" narrative for two years. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi fired the biggest recent salvo in this campaign after Trump invited Russian President Vladimir Putin to visit Washington.</p> <p>"The notion that President Trump would invite a tyrant to Washington is beyond belief," Pelosi said in a statement on Friday, calling Putin a "thug." (The recurring use of "thug" to describe Russians has become so consistent as to have become a de facto ethnic slur.) "Putin's ongoing attacks on our elections and on Western democracies and his illegal actions in Crimea and the rest of Ukraine deserve the fierce, unanimous condemnation of the international community, not a VIP ticket to our nation's capital."</p> <p>Despite liberals' uncharacteristically focused and sustained efforts &#8212; imagine if Obama and company had pushed as hard for a public option on healthcare! &#8212; their #RussophobiaMatters campaign is doing poorly.<p>Updated: Fri Jul 27, 2018</p>