April 19, 2019

Will Obama Keep Power ‘by Any Means Necessary’?

Let’s go there: if Obama thinks he’s losing, will he allow safe and fair elections on November 6?  And if he does lose, will he peacefully turn over power to Mitt Romney on January 20, 2013?  Or will he cling to power “by any means necessary,” as a highly placed insider alleges? Now, I’m truly […]

Egypt’s military renews pledge to give up power

An Egyptian medic helps a wounded man during clashes outside the Defense Ministry in Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday, May 2, 2012. Clashes erupted on Wednesday between assailants and mostly Islamist protesters gathered outside the Defense Ministry in the Egyptian capital, leaving several people dead and many wounded, security officials said. (AP Photo/Mostafa El Shemy) CAIRO (AP) […]

On the Cusp of a Natural Gas Bonanza, Massachusetts Bets on Wind Power

You’d have to be a dim bulb — perhaps one of those 13-watt compact fluorescents — to believe that forcing utilities to purchase expensive offshore wind power will lead to economic prosperity.  Yet this is precisely the reaction of the Boston press to a recent deal brokered by Gov. Deval Patrick. Gov. Patrick has been […]

Media Power Defining Santorum

Over the past thirty years, a strange thing has happened on the path to the presidency.  With the advent of the twenty-four-hour news cycle and the proliferation of media outlets, potential presidential nominees can no longer control or establish their image in the minds of the public. This is particularly true of someone whom the […]

How To Win Power by Selling Out Your Own Union

From an historian’s point of view, one could do worse than studying the United Mine Workers of America.  It is a microcosm of the American Labor Movement.   It is a startling picture of the role of individuals in the making of American history.  It is the story of how a once powerful institution’s leaders repeatedly […]

The Power of Herman Cain

One of my first church experiences was also the most memorable.  It was a spontaneous occurrence, when the power went out. I was in a huge, mostly black church in a rough part of town.  This was at a time when church shootings in that city had reached epidemic proportions. The pastor had started delivering […]