The fake ‘war on Christmas’

For years, former Fox News host Bill O’Reilly railed against the predations of liberal heathens who were supposedly out to destroy the religious significance of the Christmas season. He aimed his umbrage at stores where clerks allegedly refused to say “Merry Christmas” and public school districts that insisted on proclaiming a “winter holiday” rather than […]

GOP’s campaign against voting

The franchise is a formidable weapon. That’s why it is despised by dictators, authoritarians and anti-democrats the world over: It is the one instrument that can reliably subvert their intentions, drain their power, interfere with their plans. Just look at my home state of Alabama, which stunned the nation (and me) the other day by […]

Donald Trump is destroying democracy

In the waning days of the 2016 presidential election, worried political prognosticators, including more than a few moderate Republicans, papered over their fears about the possible victory of Donald J. Trump with reminders of the constitutional balance of power. An independent judiciary and a strong-minded Congress would prevent a President Trump from doing serious harm […]

Roy Moore and his tribe

Are the supporters of Roy Moore getting desperate? As his campaign for U.S. Senate has been swamped by credible accusations of egregious sexual misconduct, Moore and his allies have taken the usual route toward undermining his accusers. The women, now middle-aged, have been denounced as liars, attention-seekers and tools of an unlikely alliance between liberal […]

The terrible tax bill

In 1909, President William Howard Taft, a Republican, proposed an income tax on corporations. Such a tax required the passage of the 16th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, and when the amendment gained the required state support, a permanent federal income tax was born. It’s nigh impossible to imagine a sitting Republican president mounting such […]