Sarah Palin vs. JFK

The former governor of Alaska does a fabulous job of taking on John F. Kennedy’s famous Houston religion speech in her America by Heart book. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend defensively didn’t like it (she also didn’t read it all that carefully), naturally. But it’s something Palin deserves some credit, not slap-down for. And Palin is in good company taking on that speech — with Denver Archbishop Charles Chaput, Mitt Romney, and Rick Santorum, among others, have criticized it as a very bad precedent. We need the backlash against it now more than ever. I talk more about it here

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Fire the FBI Chief

American government is supposed to look and sound like George Washington. What it actually looks and sounds like is Henry Hill from Goodfellas: bad suit, hand out, intoning the eternal mantra: “F*** you, pay me.” American government mostly works by interposition, standing between us, the free people at ... Read More
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Black Panther’s Circle of Hype

The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) first infantilizes its audience, then banalizes it, and, finally, controls it through marketing. This commercial strategy, geared toward adolescents of all ages, resembles the Democratic party’s political manipulation of black Americans, targeting that audience through its ... Read More