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Struggle has improved our democracy

03/16/11 05:21PM

Let me finish tonight with this failure on the part of some politicians to know our history.This is not about an individual or a group like the Tea Partiers.  This is about us, our country, its ideals, and the progress it's represented in human history.And it is important.The key message about America is we got a lot of it right in 1776 - we hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights, that among them are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.Nothing in our history compares to the wonder, God- read more

Keeping America moving

03/15/11 06:00PM

Let me finish tonight with a simple proposition: Do we stop building this country; go into a fetal position because of all that's going on? Or do we, damn it, keep on building the way that's made this country great, the country everybody in the world seems to want to get into, even if they have to climb a fence, swim a river or sneak in some other way?I say we keep on building. read more

Truth or propaganda? Judging terror hearing's byproduct

03/10/11 05:11PM

Let me finish tonight with the cold fact that a third of Republicans say the President is a Muslim. The campaign against his birth and faith has succeeded to the point where only a third of the people in the country view him as a Christian with  a much higher number saying they now don't know what he is. It's against that backdrop that the Homeland Security Committee held its hearing today on the radicalization of the American Muslim community, the backdrop being the belief by a substantial number of Republicans that our president is a member of that community.Are we getting truth from this na read more

Gingrich, Huckabee a 'duet of disharmony'

03/09/11 05:10PM

Let me finish tonight with this horrible, ongoing, relentless nastiness we're getting from the Huckabee and Newt Gingrich.Newt started this Kenya talk, this Mau Mau-ing of the President, this insidious charge that he's not an American, not one of us but the product of the 1950s bush war against the British, he's an African killer of white people, ambushing them in their homes and offices without mercy and sympathy.This is what Newt calls the "predictive model" of Barack Obama's conduct.  If you want to know what he will do on any given issue, think "Mau Mau," think killer of white people, thin read more

Huckabee's dangerous talk

03/03/11 11:47AM

Let me finish tonight with this potentially dangerous talk in American politics. It comes, I suppose, from a mix of belief and politics.  Consider, seriously, what Mike Huckabee, has been saying. read more

GOP senators attacked by 'Body Snatchers'

03/01/11 07:27PM

Let me finish tonight with a Grade B horror story.  If we still had drive-in movies, this one would headlining the midnight spook show. It's called "Return of the Body Snatchers."It's the story of how regular, somewhat intelligent people are being transformed into zombies right on the floor of the U.S. read more

Kirk Douglas: More than just an older guy at the Oscars

02/28/11 06:21PM

Let me finish tonight with an important figure at last night's Academy Awards.Kirk Douglas gave the award last night for supporting actress.  At 94, it was unusual for a fellow his age to be out there on stage on what is always a youth-dominated Oscar night, especially this year when ABC made such an obvious effort with Anne Hathaway and James Franco to get the targeted demographic to watch.So let me tell you about this fellow Kirk Douglas: First of all, he's always been a politically involved middle-of-the-road Democrat.  I remember him up there with Lyndon Johnson and Danny Thomas at the 196 read more