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Charlottesville didn't spring from nowhere

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

It is important to look beyond the riot.

Yes, last week's violent demonstration by white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia, culminating in the death of 32-year-old Heather Heyer, made for a carnival of obscenity as sickening as it was riveting. But the thing is, it did not spring from nowhere.

And while your first instinct -- unlike ...Read more

Sadly, America is not 'better than this'

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

It has become the go-to cliche for moments like this.

We whisper it when someone breaks the mosque window or scrawls hatred on the synagogue wall. It is our assurance and our hope.

"We are better than this," we say. "This is not America."

So it is no surprise to be hearing that sentiment days after white supremacists descended, armored and ...Read more

With this president, subtlety would be the greater sin

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

A few words on trash-talking the president.

Said words are occasioned by emails from a large number of readers who have noted an increased propensity toward that practice in this space. Many found that rather ironic in light of an admonition that appears in the auto response received by any person who sends me an email. It warns that the reader...Read more

Jeff Flake's 'Conservative Conscience'

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

The book pulls no punches.

It sharply condemns conservatism for its role in a "culture of vicious dehumanization," not to mention its sins of incoherence, rejection of empirical fact and plain hypocrisy. Writing of the rush by the conservative party, i.e., the GOP, to embrace the regrettable ...Read more

Donald Trump's dangerous delusions on police brutality

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

Today's guest column is by the Rev. Jesse Jackson.

Donald Trump often seems more shock jock than president. He likes to shock, say or tweet outrageous things, prove that he's not just another politician. But now he is president; his words have impact, and his posturing can be dangerous.

Last week, he essentially endorsed police ...Read more

Trump to American heroes: You're fired!

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

Mr. Pitts is on vacation. The following column is by Bill Press.

July 26 is a significant day in American military history. Sixty-nine years ago, on July 26, 1948, President Harry Truman signed an executive order abolishing racial segregation in the Armed Forces allowing African-Americans to serve in all ...Read more

There is no market for Trump's values

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

The following is a guest column by the Rev. Jesse Jackson

Candidates say campaigns are about articulating programs, issues and priorities. But people vote for candidates based on how that person makes them feel. Consciously or unconsciously, elections are about giving voice to values.

Voters are moral proxies who want to know that a ...Read more

Health care on life support

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

Editor's note: Leonard Pitts is on vacation. The following column is by Bill Press.

Everybody has a question about the Senate health care debacle. Here's mine: How'd Mitch McConnell get a reputation for being a master legislator?

Look at his record on Obamacare. First, he took a bad House "repeal and replace" bill and made it worse. ...Read more

GOP tackles problem that doesn't exist

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

A little context is critical here.

It would be too easy to dismiss Donald Trump's Commission on Electoral Integrity as superfluous evidence of the intellectual erosion of the Republican Party. As a Twitter observer who styles himself LOLGOP quipped last week when the commission held its first ...Read more

NRA cowardly fights for 'the white to bear arms'

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

It began in April.

That's when there appeared on YouTube an NRA recruitment video that raised eyebrows across the political spectrum. Speaking through a jaw clenched tight enough to crack walnuts, with an intensity that suggested a major artery might blow out at any second, conservative pundit Dana Loesch described an America wracked by carnage...Read more

What is wrong with Trump?

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

So here we are, six months later. How time has trudged.

But the calendar does not lie. On Thursday, we will be half a year through the Trump Era. And, contrary to his signature promise, America seems less great by the day. Nor are his other promises faring particularly well.

There is no sign of progress on that border wall, much less any idea ...Read more

The right wing's war on journalism

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

Somebody went after Rachel Maddow last week.

You might not have heard about it. The story didn't get much traction in a week that began with video of Failed President Trump "wrestling" CNN and ended with his embarrassing trip to the G20 summit in Germany.

Still, some of us would argue that it merits at least as much attention as the latest ...Read more

Is notion of a genderless humanity going too far?

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

We don't even have pronouns for this.

That's what accounts for the clumsy grammar of the statement parent Kori Doty issued about Doty's newborn baby, Searyl Atli Doty. For that matter, it also accounts for the clumsy grammar of the sentence you just read.

Anyway, Kori Doty's politics/fromtheleft/leonardpittsjr/s-1975040">Read more

Something is very wrong with the GOP

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

Dear Colleagues:

We're doing it again.

Remember last year's campaign? Remember how dogged and relentless we were in covering Hillary Clinton's sloppy handling of her emails?

Remember the comparatively free ride we gave Donald Trump despite his repeated demonstrations that he was unserious, unsound and unfit? Remember all the hand wringing ...Read more

The 'United' States is anything but

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

"Well, I don't know what will happen now. We've got some difficult days ahead." -- Martin Luther King Jr., April 3, 1968

"But what we know -- what we have seen -- is that America can change." -- Barack Obama, March 18, 2008

Some of you may recognize the epigraph above from my novel, "Grant Park." Apologies for ...Read more

How Americans are born

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

He called it a lesson in "How Republicans are born."

Grover Norquist, the anti-tax crusader, was on Twitter Sunday, recounting how his 8-year-old "has been saving up to buy her first Guitar. Found it for $35. She had 35 exact. Then ... sales tax."

If he could, one suspects Norquist would have accompanied the last two words with scary music. ...Read more

'Must black death be broadcast, consumed to be believed?'

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

I wasn't going to write this.

On this subject, I felt I had already spilled enough outrage onto enough pages to last a lifetime. I needed a break from the emotional carnage.

Then I saw the dashcam video that was released last week.

Granted, it told me nothing I didn't already know. I knew how a black man named Philando Castile was pulled over...Read more

You can't take the low road to the high place

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

The other day, a Muslim saved a terrorist.

It happened just after midnight Monday in London. The terrorist, according to authorities, was Darren Osborne, 47, from Cardiff, Wales, who drove a rented van 150 miles to the British capital, where he jumped a sidewalk and plowed into a crowd of worshipers outside a mosque as people were attending to ...Read more

Is left-wing terrorism making a comeback?

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

You knew it was coming. You felt it with a sickening certainty the instant news of a mass shooting flashed out from Alexandria, Virginia. So it was disheartening, but hardly surprising, to hear certain conservatives reflexively blame Democrats and their so-called "hate speech" for the carnage.

It happened Wednesday morning. The quiet ...Read more

A simple traffic stop left Ayanna Cruver terrified

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

Two weeks ago, a black woman driving alone in Princeton, Louisiana, was pulled over for no apparent reason.

But she was not shot and killed. Or hauled from her car and body-slammed. Or even arrested for getting snippy.

The officer explained that she was driving under the speed limit, something he said drivers do when they are tired or ...Read more

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