Obamacare is here to stay

You’ve heard of Obamacare, right? It’s that disastrous, costly and intrusive policy that President Obama and his fellow Democrats rammed down the throats of Congress back in 2010 — a failed plan that conservative Republicans have pledged to “repeal and replace.” According to its critics, it is un-American; it destroys the healthcare system; it burdens […]

Republic of fear

“Keep calm and carry on.” — British government poster, 1939 According to Hollywood, most disasters feature government or institutional figures who try to downplay the scale of catastrophe, at least publicly, in order to prevent mass panic. Rightly or wrongly, those fictional leaders want to shield the public from the facts because they believe disseminating […]

GOP runs from its record on gay rights

What a difference a decade makes. Ten years ago, Georgia, like several other states, was in a lather over same-sex unions; its voters passed a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage, and that prohibition, though it has been challenged in federal court, still stands. It was a bi-partisan hysteria. Georgia’s constitutional amendment passed with 76 percent […]

Don’t panic. Ebola isn’t coming for you

During the summer, I got hooked on a TNT drama called “The Last Ship,” an apocalyptic thriller about a global pandemic that wipes out most of the human population. As it happens, the telltale signs of this killer plague bear a striking resemblance to the symptoms of the Ebola virus. Indeed, Hollywood has been inspired […]

Eric Holder’s legacy: voting rights

In certain circles, it has become fashionable to believe that the Voting Rights Act is an outdated vestige of a crueler time, an unnecessary bit of bureaucracy that imposes its own injustices. Last year, the U. S. Supreme Court endorsed that view when it threw out one of the act’s more powerful provisions. Those who […]