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Bruce Plante

is the staff cartoonist for the Tulsa World.

GOP Fiscal Cliff Fighting

Cagle

1 January 2013

http://www.cagle.com/news/gop-fiscal-cliff/page/2/#.UQlJC2eoR8E

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

democracy        UK / USA

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/19/
opinion/mueller-report-trump-russia.html

 

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/aug/07/
american-democracy-crisis-trump-supreme-court

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/01/24/
world/is-there-something-wrong-with-democracy.html

 

http://www.npr.org/2017/09/22/
552665068/can-teaching-civics-save-democracy

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/01/
opinion/trump-democracy-institutions-destroyed.html

http://www.npr.org/2017/05/08/
527355002/condoleezza-rice-institutions-arent-perfect-but-theyre-the-bedrock-of-democracy

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/16/
opinion/sunday/is-donald-trump-a-threat-to-democracy.html

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2016/oct/14/
david-crosby-trump-country-stills-nash-byrds-election

http://www.npr.org/2016/02/06/
465760840/an-ode-to-the-also-rans-in-american-politics

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

direct democracy

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/30/
opinion/at-the-supreme-court-awin-for-direct-democracy.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

freedom

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/14/
opinion/sunday/millennials-freedom-fear.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

political institutions

 

https://www.npr.org/2018/01/17/
578422668/heres-just-how-little-confidence-americans-have-in-political-institutions

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

bigotocracy

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/12/
opinion/charlottesville-and-the-bigotocracy.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

oligarchy

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/14/
opinion/america-economic-inequality.html

 

 

 

 

autocracy > Turkey

http://www.nytimes.com/video/world/europe/100000004388319/
erdogans-march-to-autocracy-in-turkey.html - May 5, 2016

 

 

 

 

autocrat > Venezuela

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/31/
opinion/maduro-guaido-venezuela.html

 

 

 

 

autocrats > statues

http://www.npr.org/sections/parallels/2016/11/30/
503884102/for-autocrats-in-need-of-statues-north-korea-is-no-longer-an-option

 

 

 

 

despot

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/07/
opinion/james-comey-and-our-own-tin-pot-despot-donald-trump.html

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/01/
opinion/donald-trump-embraces-rodrigo-duterte.html

 

 

 

 

despotism

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/04/
opinion/campaign-stops/the-eternal-return-of-unenlightened-despotism.html

 

 

 

 

deep state

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/06/us/
politics/deep-state-trump.html

 

 

 

 

totalitarian government

http://www.npr.org/2017/05/08/
527355002/condoleezza-rice-institutions-arent-perfect-but-theyre-the-bedrock-of-democracy

 

 

 

 

dictator

http://www.npr.org/2017/05/08/
527355002/condoleezza-rice-institutions-arent-perfect-but-theyre-the-bedrock-of-democracy

 

http://www.npr.org/sections/parallels/2016/04/10/
473551450/a-former-mexican-president-looks-at-trump-and-sees-a-dictator

 

 

 

 

dictactorship

 

 

 

 

digital dictactorship

https://www.npr.org/sections/13.7/2018/02/28/
589477976/biometric-data-and-the-rise-of-digital-dictatorship

 

 

 

 

fascism

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/12/
opinion/american-fascism-trump.html

 

 

 

 

Soviet Union > dissident

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/09/
arts/lev-navrozov-dead-soviet-dissident-translator.html

 

 

 

 

topple

http://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2016/10/21/
498401510/can-hashtags-and-pop-up-protests-topple-a-leader

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

anarchist

https://www.npr.org/sections/alltechconsidered/2018/02/26/
583682587/how-hackers-could-cause-global-chaos-an-anarchist-explains

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/02/us/
anarchists-respond-to-trumps-inauguration-by-any-means-necessary.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

politics

 

 

 

 

party politics

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/13/
opinion/hillary-clinton-and-bill-frist-on-health-care-for-americas-kids.html

 

 

 

 

state politics vs. national politics

http://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2013/07/16/
state-politics-vs-the-federal-government

 

 

 

 

politicking

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/10/us/
politics/10politics.html

 

 

 

 

'identity politics'

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/31/
us/politics/31identity.html

 

 

 

 

parochial politics

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/11/
health/policy/11cost.html

 

 

 

 

politics as usual

 

 

 

 

cartoons > Cagle > racial politics        2008

http://www.cagle.com/news/RacialPolitics/main.asp

 

 

 

 

political

 

 

 

 

e-mail and election updates

from news, campaign and political websites

http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2006-10-29-
web-politics_x.htm

 

 

 

 

political wrangling

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB122235295272975207.html

 

 

 

 

Congress > political gridlock

http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/02/19/
immigrants-welcome-here/

 

 

 

 

midterms > political gridlock        2010

http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE6A20RO20101103

 

 

 

 

political guru

http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2006-04-19-
whitehouseshakeup_x.htm

 

 

 

 

politician

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/11/
opinion/the-gop-created-donald-trump.html

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/10/us/
10blago.html

 

 

 

 

record

http://www.npr.org/2015/11/07/
454900958/bernie-sanders-in-full-his-take-on-
clinton-socialism-and-superpacs

 

 

 

 

The Kennedy family: An American dynasty        UK

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/gallery/2008/dec/16/
usa-kennedy?picture=340785256

 

 

 

 

the Establishment

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/09/us/
politics/hillary-clinton-donald-trump-president.html

 

http://www.npr.org/2016/02/11/
466049701/how-establishment-became-
the-buzzword-of-the-2016-election

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

lobby

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/08/
opinion/a-big-win-for-the-prayer-lobby.html

 

 

 

 

lobbying / corporate influence

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/25/
opinion/a-better-way-to-rein-in-lobbying.html

 

 

 

 

US lobbying industry > Silicon Valley        UK

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/sep/03/
silicon-valley-politics-lobbying-washington

 

 

 

 

lobbyist

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/20/us/
robert-s-strauss-presidential-confidant-and-deal-maker-dies-at-95.html

 

 

 

 

special interests

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/17/us/
politics/17arkansas.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

policy

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/26/us/
politics/obama-camp-hits-back-at-romney-criticism.html

 

 

 

 

economic policy

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/10/13/us/
politics/13obama-text.html

 

 

 

 

policymaker / policy maker        UK / USA

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/21/
weekinreview/21dash.html

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2006/apr/20/usa.
topstories3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

leader

http://www.npr.org/2017/04/05/
522704455/after-syria-gas-attack-world-awaits-what-kind-of-leader-trump-will-be

 

http://www.gocomics.com/tomtoles/2016/12/20

http://www.npr.org/2016/12/12/
505205197/is-donald-trump-a-threat-to-democracy

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/04/us/
m-stanton-evans-pioneer-of-conservative-movement-dies-at-80.html

 

http://video.nytimes.com/video/2010/05/10/
opinion/1247467817642/bloggingheads-is-obama-a-great-leader.html

 

 

 

 

strong leader

http://www.npr.org/2016/12/12/
505205197/is-donald-trump-a-threat-to-democracy

 

 

 

 

authoritarian

http://www.npr.org/2016/12/12/
505205197/is-donald-trump-a-threat-to-democracy

 

 

 

 

leadership

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/18/
opinion/sunday/leadership-crisis.html

 

 

 

 

the administration

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/21/
weekinreview/21dash.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

rights

 

 

 

 

civil rights

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/02/
opinion/02wed1.html

 

 

 

 

voting rights (Registration and Requirements)

https://www.nytimes.com/topic/subject/voting-rights-registration-and-requirements

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/15/
opinion/holder-speaks-up-for-voting-rights.html

 

 

 

 

vote

http://www.npr.org/2017/06/28/
534689899/should-it-be-easier-to-vote-americans-are-deeply-divided-by-party

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

politician

 

 

 

 

plead

 

 

 

 

stand on N

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/14/
business/media/where-will-trump-stand-on-press-freedoms.html

 

 

 

 

stance

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/13/nyregion/
13bloomberg.html

 

 

 

 

soften stance on N

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/14/us/
politics/donald-trump-twitter-white-house.html

 

 

 

 

deliver on N

 

 

 

 

pledge

 

 

 

 

pledge

 

 

 

 

vow

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/20/us/
politics/obama-to-give-congress-plan-on-gun-control-within-weeks.html

 

 

 

 

promise

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2016/11/11/us/
politics/what-trump-wants-to-change.html

 

 

 

 

live up topreposition N

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

added 2.7.2004

http://www.socialstudieshelp.com/Lesson_13_Notes.htm

http://www.socialstudieshelp.com/Amer_History_Syallbus.htm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

checks and balances

http://www.npr.org/2017/06/21/
533711528/in-the-event-of-attack-heres-how-the-government-plans-to-save-itself

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/14/
opinion/a-special-court-is-needed-to-review-targeted-killings.html

 

 

 

 

balance of power

https://www.npr.org/2017/11/30/
567588841/speaker-ryan-on-sexual-harassment-we-are-having-a-watershed-moment-in-this-count

 

 

 

 

separation of powers

https://www.npr.org/2017/11/30/
567588841/speaker-ryan-on-sexual-harassment-we-are-having-a-watershed-moment-in-this-count

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

party

 

 

 

 

bipartisan

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/29/us/
politics/senators-unveil-bipartisan-immigration-principles.html

 

http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/01/19/
in-bipartisan-appeal-obama-praises-mccain/

 

 

 

 

bipartisanship

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/16/
opinion/bipartisanship-of-the-wrong-kind.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

demagogue    UK / USA

https://www.theguardian.com/global/video/2018/oct/23/
obama-attacks-trump-at-midterm-rally-without-ever-naming-him-video

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/03/
us/politics/meg-whitman-hillary-clinton.html

 

http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/01/26/
deconstructing-a-demagogue/

 

 

 

 

populist        UK

https://www.theguardian.com/news/audio/2019/mar/11/
trump-brexit-rise-of-populism-podcast

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/21/
opinion/sunday/clash-of-the-populists.html

 

 

 

 

populist demagoguery

 

 

 

 

populism        UK / USA

https://www.theguardian.com/news/audio/2019/mar/11/
trump-brexit-rise-of-populism-podcast

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/03/
opinion/tony-blair-against-populism-the-center-must-hold.html

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/23/
opinion/populism-real-and-phony.html

 

http://campaignstops.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/12/22/
do-we-hate-the-rich-or-dont-we/

 

 

 

 

populist appeal

http://www.npr.org/2016/02/09/
466210908/new-hampshire-primary-the-polls-begin-to-close

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

support

 

 

 

 

support

 

 

 

 

grass-roots

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Congressional Black Caucus

http://topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/timestopics/organizations/c/
congressional_black_caucus/index.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

nepotism

http://www.npr.org/2017/07/30/
540092228/jared-kushner-is-in-the-spotlight-but-is-he-in-the-tradition-of-american-nepotis

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/03/21/
520965076/ivanka-trumps-move-to-the-white-house-raises-questions-about-ethics

http://www.npr.org/2017/01/05/
508382236/trump-relatives-potential-white-house-roles-could-test-anti-nepotism-law

 

http://www.npr.org/2016/11/18/
502539418/the-rise-of-jared-kushner-donald-trumps-son-in-law

http://www.npr.org/2016/11/18/
502637785/jared-kushner-and-the-anti-nepotism-statute-that-might-keep-him-from-the-white-h

 

 

 

 

anti-nepotism laws

http://www.npr.org/2017/01/05/
508382236/trump-relatives-potential-white-house-roles-could-test-anti-nepotism-law

 

 

 

 

nepotistic

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/22/
opinion/sunday/seth-stephens-davidowitz-just-how-nepotistic-are-we.html

 

 

 

 

crony

http://www.npr.org/2016/12/02/
504042185/is-trumps-deal-with-carrier-a-form-of-crony-capitalism

 

 

 

 

cronyism

https://www.npr.org/2018/12/31/
676559496/cronyism-wasteful-spending-accusations-roil-government-publishing-office

 

http://www.npr.org/sections/parallels/2016/12/06/
504553162/when-it-comes-to-wealthy-leaders-world-abounds-in-cautionary-tales

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/04/
opinion/the-cronyism-behind-a-pipeline-for-crude.html

 

 

 

 

pork barrel politics / pet projects        UK / USA

http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2008-06-06-
congress-pet-projects_N.htm

 

http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2006-05-02-
pork-voters_x.htm

 

 

 

 

earmarks

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/12/us/
politics/12earmarks.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

lame-duck

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/09/
opinion/09sun1.html

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/02/05/
opinion/05tue1.html

 

 

 

 

lame-duck president

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/03/
opinion/03mon1.html

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/02/04/
opinion/04mon1.html

http://www.cagle.com/news/BushLameDuck/main.asp

 

 

 

 

lame duck Congress

http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/12/17/
could-lame-duck-be-a-big-win-for-obama-agenda/

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/07/
opinion/07sun1.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

witch-hunt

 

 

 

 

Fox News

influential rightwing US television network        UK

http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2004/oct/04/
digitalmedia.uselections2004

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

resign

http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2006-10-06-
ralston_x.htm

http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2006-09-29-
congressman-resigns_x.htm

http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2006-08-03-
clinton-rumsfeld_x.htm

 

 

 

 

outcry

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/29/
opinion/the-outcry-over-trumps-refugee-ban.html

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/18/us/
politics/18benefits.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

stalemate

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/12/
opinion/l12health.html

 

 

 

 

stalemate

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/12/
opinion/l12health.html

 

 

 

 

quagmire

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/12/
opinion/l12health.html

 

 

 

 

compromise

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/12/
opinion/l12health.html

 

 

 

 

status quo

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/12/
opinion/l12health.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

hype

http://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2013/05/08/
are-congressional-hearings-serious-investigations-
or-just-party-politics/grandstanding-and-hype

 

 

 

 

smear        UK

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2006/oct/29/
midterms2006.usa

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

take over

http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2006-12-18-
gates-swearing-in_x.htm

 

 

 

 

call for N

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/05/world/middleeast/
05prexy.html

 

 

 

 

speech

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/17/
opinion/17collins.html

 

 

 

 

stump speech

http://www.npr.org/2016/12/07/
504570429/trumps-victory-tour-stump-speech-annotated

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

scandals

http://www.nytimes.com/2005/10/30/
politics/30history.html

 

 

 

 

sex scandal        UK / USA

http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2008-10-28-detroit-
mayor_N.htm

 

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2006/oct/05/usa.
midterms2006 

 

 

 

 

graft

 

 

 

 

political corruption / corruption

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/04/
opinion/what-sheldon-silvers-sentence-says-about-albany.html

 

http://www.npr.org/2015/05/04/
404052618/beyond-quid-pro-quo-what-counts-as-political-corruption

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/31/
opinion/sheldon-silver-andnew-yorks-cauldron-of-corruption.html

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/23/nyregion/
speaker-of-new-york-assembly-sheldon-silver-is-arrested-in-corruption-case.html

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/22/us/
former-virginia-governor-and-his-wife-are-indicted.html

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/07/
opinion/corruption-in-albany.html

 

 

 

 

mayor > corruption

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/24/nyregion/24jersey.html

 

 

 

 

embezzlement

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/12/02/us/02baltimore.html

 

 

 

 

guilty of corruption

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/12/08/nyregion/
08bruno.html

 

 

 

 

corruption scandal

Illinois Governor in Corruption Scandal        December 2008

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/10/us/politics/10Illinois.html

 

 

 

 

Watergate        1972-1974

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/politics/special/watergate/timeline.html

http://www.pbs.org/previews/WatergatePlus30/

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/15/
opinion/on-the-road-to-another-watergate.html

 

http://www.npr.org/2014/08/09/
339082069/pondering-watergates-impact-on-nixon-anniversary

http://www.npr.org/2014/06/13/
321316118/40-years-on-woodward-and-bernstein-recall-reporting-on-watergate

 

http://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2012/06/13/
did-any-good-come-of-watergate/

 

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/
story.php?storyId=11141292 - June 17, 2007

 

 

 

 

Watergate > Deep Throat / W. Mark Felt

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/19/washington/
19felt.html

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2005/06/01/politics/
01throat.html

http://www.pbs.org/previews/WatergatePlus30/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Topos Graphics

 

Whistle-Blower, Beware

 NYT

MAY 26, 2016

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/26/opinion/whistle-blower-beware.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

whistleblower

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/26/
opinion/whistle-blower-beware.html

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/24/
opinion/why-i-blew-the-whistle-on-the-va.html

 

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/dec/24/
edward-snowden-i-already-won

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/jun/09/
edward-snowden-nsa-whistleblower-surveillance

 

 

 

 

blow the whistle on N

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/24/
opinion/why-i-blew-the-whistle-on-the-va.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

phrase > "Read my lips: no new taxes"        USA

 

At the Republican convention in 1988,

during his speech to accept

the party's presidential nomination,

Mr. Bush said, "My opponent won't rule out

raising taxes, but I will.

 

And Congress will push me to raise taxes,

and I'll say no, and they'll push,

and I'll say no, and they'll push again.

And I'll say to them:

Read my lips. No new taxes."

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/character/glossaries/bush.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Theocracy and Its Discontents

 

February 23, 2012

9:00 pm

The New York Times

By TIMOTHY EGAN

 

Timothy Egan
on American politics and life,
as seen from the West.

 

Ah, the founders, those starch-collared English souls planting liberty in the Massachusetts Bay Colony in the 17th century. For those who didn’t follow rules handed down by God through man, these New World authorities could cut out your tongue, slice off your ears or execute you. O.K., Puritans, wrong role-model founders.

Then let’s look west, beyond the Wasatch Mountains in the 19th century, where Brigham Young built a Mormon empire in which church rule and civil law were one and the same — the press, a military brigade and the courts all controlled by the Seer and Revelator of a homegrown religion. Oops, wrong founders again.

American political bedrock — God’s house and the people’s government guiding separate worlds — wasn’t always in place. Reason ultimately won out. But theocracy certainly had its colonies and its advocates; it might have prevailed but for a few outstanding voices.

One of those voices was Roger Williams’s. Banished by the Puritans, he established what became Rhode Island and created in 1636 “the first government in the world which broke church and state apart,” as John M. Barry writes in “Roger Williams and the Creation of the American Soul,” a new book on this founding episode.

The idea that civil law and religious law are separate has coursed through American society ever since. It was a radical thought in 1636. It’s written in the Constitution now. And yet, with Rick Santorum riding high in the Republican primaries, it looks as if this issue will get another go-round.

Santorum, who makes Mitt Romney look blandly secular by comparison, has a well-known animus against accepted sexual practices that he believes defy “God’s law” — his words, not mine. He opposes sex for reasons other than producing babies, sex outside of marriage, homosexuality, prenatal testing, and on and on. Contraception, he has said, gives people “a license to do things in a sexual realm that is counter to how things are supposed to be.”
Erik S. Lesser/European Pressphoto AgencyRick Santorum and his family prayed with a pastor at a campaign rally in a Cumming, Ga. church on Feb. 19.

Most Americans won’t begrudge him his beliefs; he’s free to practice them, and imbue his children with them, as he did by home-schooling his family. But most Americans also will part ways with him when he advocates that civil code should adhere to his religious beliefs.

“God gave us laws that we must abide by,” he said early on the campaign. Notably, Santorum, a far-right Catholic, has taken issue with President John F. Kennedy, a moderate Catholic, for having said that his presidency would not be dictated by his faith. This view, Santorum said in 2010, has caused “great harm to America.”

So, bring on the argument, once again, with history as the guide. Williams was a Puritan convert who left Britain to escape religious persecution by a king who was head of state and head of the Church of England. After initially being welcomed into the Massachusetts Bay Colony, he was persecuted for his more enlightened views and put on trial. He faced the possibility of torture, or execution. Ultimately, he was banished.

In founding Providence as a place of religious tolerance, Williams drew Jews, Quakers and nonbelievers to his new colony, and gave up trying to convert the Indians. “Forced worship stinks in God’s nostrils,” he said.

In Barry’s book, Williams is charismatic and heroic, but also far ahead of his time. “The Bay leaders, both lay and clergy, firmly believed that the state must enforce all of God’s laws,” Barry writes. Williams “believed that humans, being imperfect, would inevitably err in applying God’s laws.” And certainly, those heretics who were hanged in New England paid the ultimate price for such errors.

The Mormons, for all the cheery optimism of their present state, were birthed in brutal theocracy, first in Nauvoo, Ill., and later in the State of Deseret, as their settlement in present-day Utah was called. The Constitution, separating church from state, press from government, had no place in either stronghold. And it took a threat to march the United States Army out to the rogue settlement around the Great Salt Lake to persuade Mormon leaders that their control did not extend beyond matters of the soul.

Santorum is itching to add another chapter to this book. Last weekend, he seemed to question President Obama’s faith, alluding to a “phony theology” that supposedly guides his presidency. Who knew there was a religious test through the gates of the White House?

He also used his Biblical beliefs to deny climate change, saying, “We are put on this earth as creatures of God to have dominion over the earth.” You may think he’s running for chief deacon, and should swap his sweater vest for a clerical collar.

But his followers know exactly what he’s talking about. In Wednesday night’s debate in Arizona, Santorum defended his religious-themed campaign: “Just because I talk about it doesn’t mean I want a government program to fix it.” But in fact, he does. Santorum has long tried to get his Biblical principles taught to children in public schools — insisting that “creationism” should be in every American classroom, and trying to enforce that through riders to education bills when he was a senator. Better yet, the kids should read about Roger Williams, a man of faith, and of reason — the American model that will prevail long after Santorum has left the pulpit.

Theocracy and Its Discontents,
NYT,
23.2.2012,
http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/02/23/
theocracy-and-its-discontents/

 

 

 

 

 

Editorial

Reviving Civil Rights

 

September 2, 2009

The New York Times

 

Few parts of the federal government veered more radically off course in the Bush years than the Justice Department, including its vital civil rights division. Attorney General Eric Holder has made clear that he intends to put the division back on track. That will not be easy, but restoring the nation’s commitment to fairness in voting, employment, housing and other areas is one of the new administration’s most important challenges.

The Bush administration declared war on the whole idea of civil rights, in a way that no administration of either party had since the passage of the nation’s civil rights laws in the 1960s. It put a far-right ideologue in a top position at the civil rights division and, as the department’s inspector general said in a scathing report, he screened out job applicants with civil rights sympathies.

The division abandoned its “historic mission,” notes John Payton, director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund — enforcing civil rights laws, in areas from housing to employment. In some cases, like voting rights, it aggressively fought on the anti-civil-rights side.

It is heartening that the Obama administration has proposed substantially increasing the number of lawyers in the division. They will have plenty of work.

On voting, the division needs to drop the Bush-era obsession with the overblown problem of vote fraud and put the emphasis back where it should be — making sure protected groups are not denied the right to vote. It has to ensure that the voter rolls are not being illegally purged, and that political operatives are not engaging in dirty tricks to suppress the minority vote. It also needs to make state and local governments comply with the “motor voter” law, which requires registration to be available at motor vehicle bureaus and welfare offices.

On employment discrimination, the division should once again start bringing the sort of high-impact cases that the Bush administration abandoned.

On discrimination in education, it has to navigate the bad decisions the Supreme Court has handed down recently and provide concrete guidance for school districts on how to legally promote integration.

Perhaps no group was more abandoned for the last eight years than prisoners. The division should challenge the dangerously crowded and inhumane conditions that are increasingly becoming the norm in the nation’s prisons and jails. As Wade Henderson of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights notes, a few strong lawsuits of this kind could prod many institutions to reform voluntarily.

The division should also tackle predatory lending and other financial bias against minorities. With millions of Americans facing foreclosure, this sort of discrimination looms especially large.

The Justice Department has enormous power under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to combat discrimination in any institution or program that receives federal funds. This authority is more important than ever with federal stimulus money flowing. The division should use it to ensure that public schools, hospitals, transportation systems and other institutions do not discriminate.

Gay men and lesbians still largely stand outside the division’s protection. If a hate crime law covering them is passed soon, as appears likely, the division should use it aggressively. Mr. Holder should also press Congress to pass the first federal law against job discrimination based on sexual orientation.

This agenda would be difficult in the best of circumstances, but the civil rights division is working under the enormous handicap of being leaderless. Senate Republicans have put a hold on the nomination of Thomas Perez to head it. The reasons offered are spurious. Their real agenda seems to be impeding the division from doing its work. When Congress returns, Majority Leader Harry Reid should make sure Mr. Perez is quickly confirmed.

Reviving Civil Rights,
NYT,
2.9.2009,
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/02/opinion/02wed1.html

 

 

 

 

 

FACTBOX

Sex scandals in U.S. politics

 

Mon Mar 10, 2008

9:29pm EDT

Reuters

 

(Reuters) - New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer, the one-time "Sheriff" of Wall Street who campaigned on a promise to clean up state politics, is embroiled in a sex scandal that threatens to force his resignation.

Following are some other sex scandals involving politicians in the United States.

* IDAHO SEN. LARRY CRAIG was publicly admonished by the Senate Ethics Committee for improper conduct after his arrest in a sex-sting operation in a men's toilet in June 2007.

The Republican lawmaker pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct after he was caught in an undercover investigation of lewd behaviour in a men's room at the Minneapolis-St. Paul airport. He later tried to recant saying he agreed to a misdemeanour charge without consulting a lawyer and in hopes of quickly disposing of the case. He remains in the Senate.

* LOUISIANA SEN. DAVID VITTER, a Republican and social conservative, apologized and admitted "a very serious sin" after he was linked last July to a Washington escort service. Vitter said his misdeeds occurred several years previously and he had dealt with them in confession and marriage counselling. He remains in the Senate.

* MARK FOLEY, a Florida Republican, resigned from the House of Representatives in 2006 after it was disclosed he had sent sexually explicit text messages to teenage boys who served as interns in the House. The revelations led to charges that Republican leaders tried to cover up the matter.

* NEW JERSEY GOV. JAMES MCGREEVEY, a Democrat, stepped down in 2004 over a gay affair with a man whom he hired in 2002 to head the state's Homeland Security department.

* PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON, a Democrat, had a sexual relationship with intern Monica Lewinsky, then 21, which led to his impeachment after accusations he lied about it under oath. He survived the impeachment process and was able to serve out his term but his presidency, which ended in 2001, was badly damaged.

* FORMER HOUSE SPEAKER NEWT GINGRICH, a Republican, has admitted he was having an extramarital affair while leading the impeachment charge in Congress against Clinton.

* SEN. BOB PACKWOOD, a Republican from Oregon, resigned in 1995 after 26 years in Congress. He had been accused of sexual misconduct with 17 women, among other charges.

* REP. BARNEY FRANK, a Massachusetts Democrat who is homosexual, was reprimanded in 1990 after it was learned that a lover had run a prostitution ring out of his Washington apartment.

* SEN. GARY HART, a Colorado Democrat, saw his second presidential bid end in 1987 when it was learned he spent the night on a yacht, named the Monkey Business, with a woman who was not his wife.

* REP. DAN CRANE, a Republican from Illinois, and REP. GERRY STUDDS, a Democrat from Massachusetts, were censured in 1983 for illicit affairs with underage pages. Crane, who had had sex with a teenage girl, was voted out of office but Studds, who had had an affair with a boy, was returned to office many times.

* REP. WILBUR MILLS, a Democrat from Arkansas and chairman of the powerful Ways and Means Committee, was caught in 1974 with stripper Fanne Foxe, who performed as "the Argentine firecracker." Foxe leapt from Mills' limousine after it was stopped by police and jumped into the Tidal Basin. Mills went into treatment for alcohol and retired two years later.

 

(Compiled by Claudia Parsons)

FACTBOX - Sex scandals in U.S. politics,
R,
10.3.2008,
http://www.reuters.com/article/politicsNews/idUKN1050929120080311

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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