Political partisanship “is out of control,” largely the fault “of a massive industry that makes money off of political discord,” former Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Ind., said in his first public speech since leaving office in early January. Many cable news networks, talk radio, think tanks, websites and fundraisers “have a deep economic stake in perpetuating political conflict. They are successfully marketing and monetizing partisan outrage,” Lugar said in remarks prepared for his Tuesday address at the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University in Durham, N.C. He said some commentators “are true
Comments: The old RINO rears his ugly head. Republican opposition (to Hagel) is another example of the politicization of national security policy?? Really? All he does it criticize Republicans and conservatives and not the corrupt 0bama or Democrats. It really is pathetic that he is running around the country spewing forth this delusional rhetoric. The leftists at the universities will lap it up.
No Richard. The rancor is over the fact that more and more Americans no longer believe in this country and the direction it is heading. Instead, they vote to change the direction. There is never unanimity in change. And the slowly awaking giant that is the American people are moving towards change. Of course those that most benefit from the current status quo will bemoan the ´rancor´ that is really change. We will change this country or form a new one if needed. The Rebublicans and other politicos ignore us at their peril. Fear of change generates the ‘rancor’ opinion. But change is not bad and in this case far past needed.
I disagree with the useless old clown, as usual. There is rancor because a large percentage of the population is against a monarchy and its liberal agenda. It´s people like lugar that helped us get to this point.
"Bemoaning the depth of US political rancor" is like bemoaning the height of a fever. Blaming partisanship on "outside agitators" is false and insulting nonsense. (Though attributing at least some of it to a president who thinks his job description is to be a community agitator may not be far off base.)
It is amazing that Richard Lugar could spend his entire life in politics and still not grasp the basics. There are lots more like him on both sides of the aisle and, of course, in the media.
Loud, strong and rancorous political rhetoric and action signifies deep and therefore important disagreements. People like Lugar simply do not understand, or perhaps do not want to admit this. They think the disagreements are not all that serious or important, and that they would be easy to smooth out if there were not so much. . . disagreement!
Barack Obama has proclaimed his intent "to fundamentally transform the United States of America," and the entire Democratic party seems to be in line with his plan. Quite a few Americans, however, do not wish their country to be fundamentally transformed and do not see this as the the role of the president. Even if they did, they would not choose someone like Barack Obama to do the job for them.
Well said #4, The way I see it is that the only way to change this corrupt and bloated government is to starve it out, and the only way to do that is to separate and cut off the supply. By 2016, it will be too late.
We don´t need less political rancor. We need more of it. It is precisely the go along to get along mentality that has allowed our government to engage in institutionalized theft on a scale never before seen. It has reached the point where our government is placing a debt burden on people who haven´t even been born. If that doesn´t deserve rancor, then nothing does.
RINOS have always been happy to saunter across the aisle to go along to get along with their liberal Democrat friends. That way they are sure to get invitations to all the inside the beltway liberal´s dinner parties and is why the country is in such a dire fiscal state now.
There has been far to little rancor for far too long. Lugar should have been sent packing years ago. The notorious Member from Indiana has a penchant for supporting his friends (Democrats) and his enemies (Republicans). An honest press would have hounded him years ago, had there been such a thing as an honest press. Lugar is a true RINO, willing to take party money and forget the party. No wonder Dems have a majority. They own the RINOs. And Rove wants the Tea Party put to death.
Wow. With friends like Rove and Lugar, we don´t need enemies!
For the last few weeks, the media has been having a quiet debate about whether or not to take a stand against using official White House photos in protest against being shut out of many White House events. On Monday, MSNBC anchor Chuck Todd took things a step further, calling the limited press access “a version of propaganda.” Todd qualified that statement to make it clear he’s not saying this is out-and-out, overt propaganda, but argued it does come across to people as such when outside photographers aren’t allowed access. AP photojournalist Charlie Dharapak agreed, adding that it’s a “visual press
Many of the city’s major clothing stores tried to defuse the “shop and frisk” scandal on Monday by agreeing to an anti-profiling policy demanded by civil-rights activists led by the Rev. Al Sharpton. Barneys, Macy’s, Bergdorf Goodman, Saks Fifth Avenue, Lord & Taylor and the Gap are among the retailers that promised to post and abide by a “Customers’ Bill of Rights” in the wake of allegations that some black shoppers were targeted for questioning by cops after purchasing pricey items. The move followed a sluggish start to the Christmas shopping season, which is unusually short this year due to late date
George Will wryly notes that our young president is benefiting from his lengthy spell of on-the-job training. Too bad the nation has to suffer through it. “The education of this president is a protracted and often amusing process . . . as he continues to alight upon the obvious with a sense of profound and original discovery,” Will said. “The president is saying, ‘the trouble with big government is it’s so darn big.’ And like a lot of other big organisms — dinosaurs spring to mind — it has a simple nervous system, it’s sclerotic, it’s governed by inertia, and
If you don´t already know by now, the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms can´t even run a store without royally screwing up. Nearly one year ago, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported on an ATF sting gone bad when the bureau tried to catch bad guys by setting up a store. The sting ended in a damaged rent space, $35,000 in stolen goods and with a fully automatic machine gun lost on the city streets. Now it appears ATF failed during another store front sting and is punishing teenagers they convinced to help them by throwing them in jail. We´re talking
There are going to be some epic data theft and hacking stories to come from the sad history of ObamaCare. They’re probably already happening. There has been a repeated history of both state and federal authorities concealing security breaches until forced to discuss them by freedom-of-information requests. These authorities are keenly aware of what a few big hacking stories will do to a system that’s already far less popular than it needs to be, with a reputation for technological ineptitude among the young people it desperately needs to milk for cash. But the hackers will have to get in line
WASHINGTON – Democrats are breathing a sigh of relief over what effectively passes as a re-launching of the Obamacare website, with some lawmakers now expressing optimism that the healthcare reform law will fall to their political benefit. Democratic office-holders like Sen. Mary Landrieu, of Louisiana, expected to face a tough 2014 re-election campaign, are once again embracing the Affordable Care Act. But Republicans argue the Affordable Care Act remains problematic and unsalvageable for a long list of reasons that extend well beyond a website, citing concerns about issues ranging from security to individuals losing their insurance coverage. “The American people
Russian President and 2005 Super Bowl champion Vladimir Putin unexpectedly dissolved RIA Novosti, a state news agency, along with its radio affiliate on Monday, a move the agency itself said would “appear to point toward a tightening of state control in the already heavily regulated media sector.” The agencies will be combined into Rossiya Segodnya and headed by Dmitry Kiselyov, a Russian news anchor who recently provoked controversy over his on-air homophobic remarks, an appointment sure to heighten tensions over Russia’s anti-gay policies ahead of the 2014 Winter Olympics. The New York Times reported that the decree caught even the
The question all week long was this: Who are you going to believe, an illegal alien or the president of the United States of America? Obviously, if it’s a president who once went by an alias, Barry Soetoro, you go with Uncle Omar, 100 percent, no questions asked. And so it was that the White House finally admitted to another, uh, misstatement — despite previous denials, Barack/Barry did sleep on his beloved Uncle Omar’s couch in Cambridge when he first moved here to attend Harvard Law School (speaking of which, we’re still waiting to see the president’s grades and his LSAT scores). But the
How do you get your arms around the catastrophe known as Obamacare? Is it even possible? At this point, I’m not sure it is. The list of individual disasters which threaten to ruin one-sixth of the U.S. economy and what has been, up until now, the best healthcare system in the world is exhaustive, and exhausting. The examples I will identify here barely scratch the surface. First but by no means foremost, we have the supposedly new and improved HealthCare.gov. Except it’s not, even the visible part. Stories still abound of people still failing to get in or to get through the enrollment
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has announced a new five-year strategic plan to improve safety for elderly drivers and passengers. Although they are statistically among the safest on the road, the number of older drivers is increasing dramatically — and with it, that group´s numbers of injuries and deaths. Since 2003, the population of older adults, defined as age 65 and older, has increased by 20% and the number of licensed older drivers increased by 21% to 35 million in 2012, according to NHTSA. Last year, NHTSA reported that 5,560 people older than 65 died and 214,000 were injured
President Barack Obama’s Facebook page on Saturday posted a message honoring the dead from Pearl Harbor—accompanied by a picture of Obama descending the stairs next to the Pearl Harbor Memorial. The picture barely fits the name of the Arizona Memorial so it can frame Obama in the foreground. The post´s statement reads: Today, with solemn pride and reverence, let us remember those who fought and died at Pearl Harbor, acknowledge everyone who carried their legacy forward, and reaffirm our commitment to upholding the ideals for which they served. President Obama The Obama Administration´s current shipbuilding plan shrinks the size of
Barack Obama did not tell the whole story this autumn when he tried to make the case that Bashar al-Assad was responsible for the chemical weapons attack near Damascus on 21 August. In some instances, he omitted important intelligence, and in others he presented assumptions as facts. Most significant, he failed to acknowledge something known to the US intelligence community: that the Syrian army is not the only party in the country’s civil war with access to sarin, the nerve agent that a UN study concluded – without assessing responsibility – had been used in the rocket attack. In the months before the attack,
Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, the hapless, goalpost-shifting so-called "architect" of Obamacare, told Fox News´ Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday that President Barack Obama´s promise "if you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor" was absolutely true--with one important caveat: if you like your doctor, "you can pay for it." Wallace grilled Dr. Emanuel, challenging his false claims that California´s enrollment was keeping pace with the percentage of the young population necessary to keep the system afloat, and pointing out that the president´s promise on doctors would collapse once people lost their insurance or their
A veteran Washington adviser who has worked for four Presidents on both sides of the political aisle said that the stunning Government Accountability Report report that found President Barack Obama has not had a one-on-one meeting with Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius since the passage of Obamacare over three years ago is an indictment of the entire White House operation and shows that the Obama administration has bordered on "malfeasance." "I have no doubt the White House is right, that Secretary Sebelius was in several group meetings with the president about health care," Gergen caveated, "but the whole