Hispanics did it

When I was a kid, I had an imaginary friend named Mo-mo. Every time I did something wrong, like drawing on furniture, I told my parents that Mo-mo did it. That Mo-mo was a bad actor and I was just a victim of his poor choices. It seems the conservative White people...
Sinking into Trumpism

Sinking into Trumpism

The Carolina Journal yesterday published a cartoon slamming Rep. Liz Cheney and Rep. Adam Kinzinger, the two Republicans on the Congressional Commission to investigate January 6. The artist portrays Kinzinger and Cheney as ventriloquist dolls sitting on Nancy Pelosi’s...

Alarmism and hyperbole

Alarmism and hyperbole

This week, we started edging back into COVID panic again. Some places started masking up again. One friend said an organization with which he works is considering cancelling or delaying a retreat. I think it’s all alarmism, driven largely by bad headlines and spiking...

The Military can Drive Social Progress

The Military can Drive Social Progress

In a country where conservatives have long been suspicious of centralized institutions, the military has been a bastion of trust. Going to war for America is considered the apogee of loyalty, courage, and virtue, so when our armed forces make a foray into new cultural...

Underminiing the outrage machine

Underminiing the outrage machine

Yesterday, Governor Roy Cooper angered conservatives by not imposing a mask mandate. Instead, he left decisions up to local authorities and business owners as to whether or not to require masks. In doing so, Cooper stripped away a conservative outrage platform,...

Notes from Scandinavia

Notes from Scandinavia

I’m back from Sweden. It was a great trip. I learned quite a bit and look forward to going back to learn more.  The first lesson I learned is that magnesium gel caps explode under pressure. They cover everything in a white pasty substance that’s hard to get out...

Democrats Still Need an Economic Message

Democrats Still Need an Economic Message

For all their struggles in subsequent years, North Carolina Democrats still haven't felt the depths of futility that pervaded the party in the wake of the 2012 election. As I recently said to a colleague, the Donkey Party could not even afford to hold a full banquet...

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