It’s time for Barack Obama to listen

It’s a bit astonishing to think about, but President Barack Obama has now been criticized by three secretaries of defense and one secretary of state who served under him. And, while the message may sometimes have been more implicit than explicit, or more subtle from some lips than others, a seemingly shared concern is that he may be riskily mismanaging our national security. Continue reading

Establishment or Tea Party?

(’76 Contributor)  George W. Bush strategist Karl Rove looked like the proverbial cat that ate the canary. Republicans had won control of the U.S. Senate and the newcomers were all his kind of politicians. Commenting for Fox TV election night he recounted successes in Colorado, North Carolina, Kansas, Mississippi and Tennessee primaries using his super-PAC American Crossroads’ millions to defeat Tea Party candidates who challenged his Republican establishment favorites. Continue reading

Elections 2014: A Longer Perspective

(Denver) It is often the case with elections that those races that are most visible are actually less enduring in their significance and provide less insight into the deeper forces shaping our politics than do those less noticed but far more numerous contests further down the ballot. Continue reading

My first time voting

(Centennial Fellow) When I lived in China, we never had voting rights and all government officials were appointed, not voted for. Therefore, as ordinary citizens, we could never hold our leaders accountable because they never worried about being responsible to the people. All their concerns were how to please someone higher up. An official only lost his job if he displeased his boss. We the people in China are not considered as being governed, but rather being ruled. Government officials are in fact rulers. They act like rulers and they have the privilege of rulers. Continue reading