I only know Fareed Zakaria from his relatively frequent appearances on The Daily Show. He's always interesting and obviously brilliant. I found an excerpt from his new book The Post-American World, on Newsweek's site.
Zakaria outlines a hopeful, global future and lets us know that things aren't quite as bad as we think they are.
Here's talk radio guy Kevin James of KRLA, which bills itself as "intelligent" talk radio. People wonder what's gone wrong with us, the greatest country in the world. I can tell you in four words: people like Kevin James.
In this clip from May 15, 2008, James gets taken to school by Hardball's Chris Matthews:
Idiot. No doubt he's in line to replace Rush Limbaugh when he retires.
Great article from Thomas Friedman in the New York Times on why the McCain-Clinton gas tax holiday is a bad idea. Economists of all stripes have labeled this as political pandering at its worst; with no relief on gas prices in sight, the McCain-Clinton strategy is to increase demand by lowering the price, which will, in turn, raise the price because of increased demand.
Friedman's article suggests that we really ought to stop concentrating on short-term fixes and begin investing in renewable sources. Failure to do so will kill jobs and further drive much-needed investment money into other countries, like Germany, where renewable energy research and development is a major priority.
Great speech by Tim Robbins given to the National Association of Broadcasters...whether you like Robbins or not, he nailed the MSM to the wall on this one...and, in the process, presented at least some semblance of a vision for what thoughtful engagement with real issues might do for us. There is profanity in this speech, so let the reader/listener beware.
And would someone PLEASE answer that ringing phone?
Honestly, this is the most inane ad campaign and it just keeps going and going and going. Hillary comes at Obama. Obama fires back at Hillary. Hillary comes at McCain. And McCain shoots back at Hillary. All of them with this incessant phone ringing in the background and the voiceover..."It's 3 a.m...."
Who ARE these people who keep calling at 3 a.m.? And who calls at 3 in the morning with economic news? The markets are closed. Banks are closed. Stores are closed. Nobody's making a lot of money at 3 a.m. (except oil companies, of course).
Here are a couple of insightful articles related to the whole messy mishmash surrounding Barack Obama and his retiring pastor Jeremiah Wright...
First one is from Jim Wallis - highly respected, deeply thoughtful, commitedly Christian political activist and author of God's Politics. Wallis contends that white Americans have always been uncomfortable with African-American pulpit rhetoric and this is one more example of how racism is still such a major issue in our country. Article is here.
Frank Schaeffer is one of my favorites and he makes a great point that his father, reformed theologian Francis Schaeffer and theological father of the religious right, often said the same kinds of things that Jeremiah Wright said, but because he said them about pet issues like abortion and homosexuality, they made him a hero and invited him to the White House for dinner. Article is here. Schaeffer is dead on in his analysis of this situation.
Personally, I tend to admire the fact that Obama has been very particular about not making this election about race. Others have pulled the race card time and again and Obama has been smeared as a radical Muslim and, by association with some of Wright's more strident comments, an anti-white racist. Add to that, the constant repetition of his middle name - Hussein - on Fox News and other MSM, it's a miracle he's gotten as far as he has.
I'd like to think we're above the kind of racial mudslinging we've seen in this campaign, but the simple reality is that old-line Dems, old-time Republicans, and neo-cons are all making the same case very loudly: we're not really ready for anybody but a white person to be our president.
And, honestly, that just breaks my heart. Not for Obama...but for us.