WASHINGTON -- At the Family Research Council's recent Values Voter Summit, the religious right effectively declared its conversion to Trumpism.
The president was received as a hero. Steve Bannon and Sebastian Gorka -- both fired from the White House, in part, for their extremism -- set the tone and agenda. "There is a time and season for ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- In the midst of a governing crisis, House Speaker Paul Ryan has once again risen to his role as the voice of bland complacency. Concerning the open warfare between President Trump and Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., Ryan advises "these two gentlemen to sit down and just talk through their issues."
But what are Corker's "issues"? He has ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Who is left to defend the simple, often admirable, sometimes disappointing, American experience?
Our politics seems deeply divided between those who think the country is going to hell in a handcart and those who believe the country is going to hell in a handbasket.
Some of the tenured class that sets the intellectual tone of the ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Not long ago, Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., -- the chair of the Foreign Relations Committee and a man physically incapable of hyperventilation -- questioned Donald Trump's "stability" and "competence." Now he has said that chief of staff John Kelly, Secretary of Defense James Mattis and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson are the "people ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- One thing we learn from tragedy: that there is always more to come.
We experience the death of a loved one, the suicide of a friend, the suffering of a child, and the harshness and pain of the world break in, unannounced and unwelcome. Few have been spared, and then only temporarily.
But sometimes there are moments when we ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- So the systematic confirmation of toxic GOP stereotypes continues. Nativism? Build that wall. Misogyny? Grab that ... woman. Racial bias? Equivocate about white supremacists. Religious intolerance? Enter Roy Moore, likely to be the next senator from Alabama.
Moore's victory against a more mainstream candidate in Alabama's Senate ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- It is often difficult to determine if Donald Trump's offenses against national unity and presidential dignity are motivated by ignorance or malice. His current crusade against sideline activism at professional football games features both.
Protests by players during the singing of "The Star-Spangled Banner" are misdirected, but ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- House Speaker Paul Ryan promised Obamacare repeal, funding for the wall and tax reform, all by the end of August. For the GOP, it is now September, both literally and metaphorically.
In the spring of their hopes, Republican leaders placed a bet -- which seemed reasonable at the time -- that they could contain President Trump and ...Read more
Theory TPh.D. Phillip R. Walker
Theory T enables you to see possibilities for creating a different world by shifting trust-consciousness. The book is a personal statement of the author’s beliefs, feelings, and attitudes, each intersecting with the importance of trust in achieving the Best Version of Humanity.
"The last temptation is the greatest treason: To do the right deed for the wrong reason."
-- T.S. Eliot
WASHINGTON -- We have every reason to assume the worst when it comes to President Trump's motivation in rescinding DACA -- the program allowing undocumented immigrants to live and work openly if they came to the United States as children. ...Read more
PHOENIX -- We know that Donald Trump is a virtuoso at the politics of resentment. But does he lead a movement?
That is the question to be tested in next year's Republican Senate primary in Arizona. Pro-Trump forces are wiping the drool off their ties while contemplating a humiliating primary defeat for Trump critic Jeff Flake -- the Republican ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Repetition is the enemy of maintaining proper distinctions. It is a short road from being serially outraged to being slightly bored to being completely inured.
Thus many are likely to find the pardon of former Arizona county sheriff Joseph Arpaio to be just another ... something. Just another public feeding of Donald Trump's base;...Read more
WASHINGTON -- And so, on one day, we had an unhinged and divisive rant by Donald Trump in Phoenix. Then, the next day in Reno, a call for national unity and reconciliation. Multiple political personality disorder. Rhetorical schizophrenia.
The gap between Trump extemporaneous and Trump scripted is canyon-like. The normal role of a speechwriter ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- We are seeing the sad effects of President Trump's renunciation of moral leadership on America politics and culture -- the waning of civility, idealism and respect, and the waxing of contempt, prejudice and racial division. But how is a similar moral abdication -- summarized as the doctrine of "America First" -- influencing America...Read more
What shall I cry?
We demand a committee, a representative
committee, a committee of investigation
RESIGN RESIGN RESIGN"
-- T.S. Eliot, "Difficulties of a Statesman"
WASHINGTON -- Many have asked with rising hope in their voices: Will Steve Bannon be fired?
It would certainly be ironic for the alt-right conscience of the White ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- One of the difficult but primary duties of the modern presidency is to speak for the nation in times of tragedy. A space shuttle explodes. An elementary school is attacked. The Twin Towers come down in a heap of ash and twisted steel. It falls to the president to express something of the nation's soul -- grief for the lost, ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump doesn't spare much time for reading. "I never have," he explains. "I'm always busy doing a lot."
But what he is now busy doing is managing a global crisis with nuclear dimensions and historical precedents. One adviser, Sebastian Gorka, has said, "This is analogous to the Cuban missile crisis." Which demonstrates how a...Read more
WASHINGTON -- If Cabinet members are to be judged by the gap between expectation and performance, Rex Tillerson is among the worst. He was supposed to be one of the adults in the room, a steadying force. But Tillerson has managed to be both ineffectual and destabilizing -- unfamiliar with the workings of government, unwilling to provide ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- That sound you hear is the wall of elected Republican support for Donald Trump beginning to crack.
There was Sen. Lindsey Graham warning that firing special counsel Robert Mueller would be "the beginning of the end of the Trump presidency." There was Sen. Charles Grassley warning that if Attorney General Jeff Sessions were fired ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- That one of the greatest victories of World War II was a mass evacuation -- more than 300,000 British and French troops taken off a beach at Dunkirk -- was a preview of the industrial nature of that conflict. Feats of organization -- such as the return of Allied troops to other French beaches on D-Day -- took precedence over ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Anthony Scaramucci's rollout as Donald Trump's new communications director received mainly good reviews. He is, as any White House job in the current administration requires, a skilled sycophant. His on-air abjection -- including a Sunday talk show apology for past disloyalty made directly into the camera -- smacks of self-...Read more