Too many political ads can make for a very sick feeling
I don't watch commercial television anymore, mostly because the amount of advertising has become so overwhelming it destroys any pleasure gained from the shows. Of course it's never worse than the last two weeks before Election Day, and here in Georgia we've got two pretty horrible elections that will be settled next week. A completely bland governor is trying to win re-election and a senatorial c
By Michael Rappaport on Oct 27, 2014
What right do we have anymore to lecture on morality and fair play?
Remember when we didn't have to tell the world what to do, when people simply looked at our example and aspired to it? Yes, I know it has been a long time. Once was the day when we sent observers around the world to help other countries run their elections. Our observers made certain boxes full of ballots didn't disappear and that the people in charge didn't prevent the opposition from voting. If
By Michael Rappaport on Oct 26, 2014
Not much time after the World Series to play at politics
There once was a saying that even in presidential election years, voters didn't really start paying attention to politics until after the World Series. In 1960, when John F. Kennedy defeated Richard Nixon for the presidency, the World Series ended on Oct. 13 when Bill Mazeroski's walk-off home run gave Pittsburgh a seven-game victory over the New York Yankees. Twenty-six days remained until the co
By Michael Rappaport on Oct 25, 2014
Pennsylvania governor desperate for black support
It's beginning to look like Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett isn't going to be re-elected. RealClearPolitics has the incumbent Republican trailing challenger Tom Wolf by 11 points, and barring some super shenanigans at the polls or later in the counting, Corbett's career as Harrisburg's head honcho could be coming to a close. Corbett and his minions apparently decided one place they could gain votes
By Michael Rappaport on Oct 20, 2014
Increasingly negative system makes politics more difficult to stomach
A family once had a son who never spoke. For the first eight years of his life, the little boy never said a word. Medical tests showed there was nothing wrong. There seemed to be no reason for the problem, but year after year went by without a word. Then one evening the family was eating dinner and the boy said, "The peas are cold." His parents and siblings were shocked. Finally his mother said, "
By Michael Rappaport on Oct 13, 2014
The truth doesn't matter when all the right wing wants to do is lie
So what's the deal with our Muslim president with the phony birth certificate trying to destroy America? He's either going to do it through Ebola or by refusing to stand up to the billions and billions of ISIS soldiers who will overrun the entire Western world before Jesus can come back and save us. Convicted criminal and right-wing provocateur Dinish D'Souza tried to make a joke the other day, sa
By Michael Rappaport on Oct 11, 2014
America may have been exceptional, but we didn't give up slavery by choice
If you won't teach people what really happened, there is no way for them to compete in the real world. In recent years, most of the educational controversy might well be summed up as Darwin v. Dingbats, the debate over evolution, which ultimately evolved into people arguing that the universe was only about 10,000 years old, give or take a "begat" or two. This became a debate the Young Earthers cou
By Michael Rappaport on Oct 07, 2014
Will Americans ever manage to really get past racism?
Slavery has been called the original sin of the United States, but if you want to be fair, you have to say it isn't slavery but racism that has always tainted our country. Whether it was settlers drunk on manifest destiny pushing Native Americans across the continent, plantation owners using chattel slavery to make their operations possible or Asians brought to America to build the railroads, the
By Michael Rappaport on Oct 02, 2014
Supreme Court messin' where it shouldn't once again
Did anyone have any doubts about what is at stake in the midterm elections? If so, the Supreme Court just reminded us that no matter who is president, no matter which party controls Congress, actions the Supreme Court takes often affect people far more. This court has been particularly egregious. While technically Bush v. Gore preceded the Roberts Court, stopping the recount in Florida put George
By Michael Rappaport on Sep 29, 2014
Exactly what 'rights' do American citizens have anymore?
Do people have the right to anything based on nothing more than their humanity? Thomas Jefferson said life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness were rights all men had that came directly from God. Franklin D. Roosevelt expanded on that in a January 11th, 1944, speech, saying that the political rights granted by the Constitution and the Bill of Rights were no longer adequate to allow all Americans
By Michael Rappaport on Sep 29, 2014