Barack Obama’s Legacy: Part One – Comparison to John Kennedy

Published: The Morning Call (April 30, 2012)PolicyMic (April 30, 2012)CNN (April 30, 2012)

With one of Barack Obama’s signature legislative achievements on the Supreme Court chopping block and his re-election bid against Mitt Romney shaping up into a close race, many conservative pundits are claiming the president’s legacy is in peril. Since their assertions have received ample play in the mainstream media, I decided it would be appropriate to offer a different perspective.

Here is a look at some of Obama’s most important achievements, nearly 1,200 days into this presidency: read more

Ron Paul Supporters and Neo-Nazis in the Military

Published: PolicyMic (April 3, 2012)

Nathan Wooten has a portrait of Adolf Hitler hanging in his living room. He named his son after a leader of the German S.S. He regularly posts comments on National Socialist message boards and created a personal profile on a white supremacist social networking site. Beyond any shadow of a doubt, Wooten is a neo-Nazi.

Until last month, he was also a sergeant in the Missouri National Guard.

Some quick context:

– Wooten’s superiors had been aware of his neo-Nazi affiliation for almost a full year, not acting upon this information until it was leaked to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. In early 2011, three of Wooten’s colleagues reported that he was openly professing racist views to them. read more

Arlen Specter’s Horrendous Stand Up Comedy

Published: PolicyMic (April 1, 2012)

When I first heard that Arlen Specter was going to hit the stand-up comedy circuit, I was pretty excited. If nothing else, such a decision from an ex-Senator shows cojones, a commodity that is in distressingly short supply among most of those associated with public life. Beyond that, Specter is in a valuable position to offer sharp commentary about how our government is run. After spending thirty years as one of the Senate’s leading moderates, as well as serving as District Attorney for Philadelphia and assistant counsel on the Warren Commission, his vast personal experience has given him an authority on politics and politicians that even his fiercest detractors can’t dispute. While it’s unlikely that this alone could have ever been enough to put him in the same league as today’s leading comic luminaries — it takes deep artistic skill to be a Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, Trey Parker, or Matt Stone, to say nothing of joining the ranks of American satiric legends like Mark Twain, H. L. Mencken, Will Rogers, and Groucho Marx — it could have at least made his act a particularly insightful one. read more