Ted Rall

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Sunday, October 30, 2011
US Double Standard: Gaddafi Bad, Karimov Good
"After four decades of brutal dictatorship and eight months of deadly conflict, the Libyan people can now celebrate their freedom and the beginning of a new era of promise," President Obama said last week.
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Monday, October 03, 2011
America's New Radicals Attack a System That Ignores Them
"Enraged young people," The New York Times worries aloud, are kicking off the dust of phony democracy, in which "the job of a citizen was limited to occasional trips to the polling places to vote" while decision-making remains in the claws of a rarified elite of overpaid corporate executives and their corrupt pet politicians.
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Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Democratic Party Needs a Democratic Primary Process
What a comedown! In 2008 Barack Obama ran on hope and change. His reelection bid relies on fear (of Republicans) and stay-the-course (lest said Republicans slash even more Medicare than Obama is willing to give away). Inspired yet?
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Monday, September 12, 2011
The Truth About 9/11 Truthers
"Truthers expect something from you," an interviewer told me last week. Indeed they do. I rarely get through a public appearance or talk-radio interview without being asked about 9/11 by a "Truther"—a person who believes that the attacks were planned and/or carried out by the U.S. government.
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Sunday, August 28, 2011
9/11: Ten Years Later, Americans Still Stupid and Vulnerable
They say everything changed on 9/11. No one can dispute that. But we didn't learn anything. Like other events that forced Americans to reassess their national priorities (the Great Depression, Pearl Harbor, Sputnik) the attacks on New York and Washington were a traumatic, teachable moment. The collective attention of the nation was finally focused upon problems that had gone neglected for many years. 9/11 was a chance to get smart—but we blew it.
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Wednesday, August 24, 2011
American Dogs Count More Than Afghan People
New York Times war correspondent Dexter Filkins couldn't help liking the young American soldiers with whom he was embedded in U.S.-occupied Iraq. Recognizing that, Filkins tried to maintain some professional distance. "There wasn't any point in sentimentalizing the kids; they were trained killers, after all. They could hit a guy at five hundred yards or cut his throat from ear-to-ear. They had faith, they did what they were told and they killed people," he wrote in his book of war vignettes, "The Forever War." Alas, he was all but alone.
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Tuesday, August 09, 2011
What I Would Do If I Were Obama
Jobs, jobs, jobs. Throughout the presidency of Barack Obama, Americans have been preoccupied with jobs. Unemployed people need work. The underemployed need more work. The employed want salaries that go up instead of down. The rich are worried too. The Depression of 2008-? is killing their stock portfolios.
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Wednesday, July 20, 2011
GOP Strategy Wrecks Economy and Obama in One Fell Swoop
Ross Douthat, the conservative columnist who elevates bland to middle-brow art for The New York Times , thinks Republicans have overreached in their showdown with Obama over the debt ceiling. “[The Republicans'] inability to make even symbolic concessions has turned a winning hand into losing one,” he says. Advantage, according to Douthat, representing the mainstream media: Obama.
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Wednesday, May 11, 2011
What if the US Were a Nation of Laws?
President Obama murdered Osama bin Laden. I am surprised that the left has been so supportive—not of the end result, but of the way it was carried out.
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Monday, April 25, 2011
Thrifty Families and Other Lies
NEW YORK--During his State of the Union address President Obama repeated this ancient canard: "We have to confront the fact that our government spends more than it takes in," he said. "That is not sustainable. Every day, families sacrifice to live within their means. They deserve a government that does the same."
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