Public campaign financing isn't perfect and can doubtlessly be improved upon as we go.
I'm sorry to say cancer can kill you, but it doesn't make you a better person.
We've had trickle down economics in the country for ten years now, and most of us aren't even damp yet.
Many a time freedom has been rolled back -- and always for the same sorry reason: fear.
Nice is a pallid virtue. Not like honesty or courage or perseverance. On the other hand, in a nation notably lacking in civility, there is much to be said for nice.
Satire is a weapon, and it can be quite cruel.
The trouble with capitalism as a system is that only those who have or can get capital can make it work for them, and that leaves out damn near all of us.
If Democrats in Washington haven't got enough sense to own the issue of political reform, I give up on them entirely.
One of the few things I like about Bill Clinton is that he has very good manners. If his momma were still alive, I would congratulate her.
I only aim at the powerful.
I only aim at the powerful. When satire is aimed at the powerless, it is not only cruel -- it's vulgar.
There is no inverse relationship between freedom and security. Less of one does not lead to more of the other. People with no rights are not safe from terrorist attack.
I really think the single most important thing to remember about trying to fix the schools is that there is no such thing as an instant result.
New York is just as provincial as anyone else.
Humanism is not alive and well in Texas. Different colors and types of Texans do not like one another, nor do they pretend to.
It is the stories we don't get, the ones we miss, pass over, fail to recognize, don't pick up on, that will send us to hell.
I had sort of given up on conventional journalism. I found it far too restrictive.
If you really wanted to settle down the Middle East, if what you wanted was change in the Middle East, it is perfectly obvious that the first step is resolving the Israeli Palestinian conflict.
What we call politics now and what most political writers write about is the empathy and the bonding and the word choice and the horse rights, and it has nothing to do with what's really happening to people's lives.
Some days, I'd feel better with Punxsutawney Phil in the Oval Office -- at least he doesn't lie about the weather.
In Texas, we do not hold high expectations for the governor's office; it's mostly been occupied by crooks, dorks and the comatose.
The greatest moral leader of my lifetime was Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., whose private life does not bear close examination.
The uproar of the late '60s -- the antiwar movement, black riots, angry women. It was a wonderful time.
The extent to which not just state legislatures but the Congress of the United States are now run by large corporate special interests is beyond mere recognition as fact. The takeover is complete.
I've always found it easier to be funny than to be serious.
There's been a lot of experience with torture in history. It doesn't work.
So keep fighting for freedom and justice, beloveds.
So keep fightin' for freedom and justice, beloveds, but don't you forget to have fun doin' it. Lord, let your laughter ring forth. Be outrageous, ridicule the fraidy-cats, rejoice in all the oddities that freedom can produce.
In all my fantasies, I always assumed I would get married and have six children along the way with the greatest of ease.
The most unusual thing about Clinton as a pol is that he listens. Listens and remembers. If he does dance with them that brung him, not them that gave him big money, we will have a populist on our hands.
All my life, I've been sort of a professional optimist, full of good cheer about matters political and journalistic. I always thought I'd get older and become an unnaturally cheerful old fart. But it's not happening.
Anyone who thinks humans are not capable of so fouling their own nest that the land and the waters can no longer be productive just hasn't been paying attention.
I think of Texas as the laboratory for bad government.
When satire is aimed at the powerless, it is not only cruel -- it's vulgar.
One of the more urp-making habits of media mavens is presuming to speak for the American people, as in 'The American people won't stand for this!'
One of the things I said was that I had been in great hopes that I would become a better person as a result of confronting my own mortality, but it actually never happened. I didn't become a better person.
Sit up, join up, get on line, get in touch, find out who's raising hell and join them. No use waiting on a bunch of wussy politicians.
Freedom fighters don't always win, but they're always right.
As for George Bush of Kennebunkport, Maine- personally I think he's further evidence that the Great Scriptwriter in the Sky has an overdeveloped sense of irony.
Michael Jackson was a poor black boy who grew up to be a rich white woman.
I've always had trouble with male authority figures because my father was such a martinet.
I left the 'Trib' in 1970 with the feeling that I would never have a career in establishment media of any kind.
Think of something to make the ridiculous look ridiculous.
The myth of the inevitability of economic globalization is based largely on the work of Milton Friedman, and easily the most underreported story of our time is that the current economy proves Friedman flatly wrong.
What you need is sustained outrage...there's far too much unthinking respect given to authority.
It's hard to argue against cynics -- they always sound smarter than optimists because they have so much evidence on their side.
It is possible to read the history of this country as one long struggle to extend the liberties established in our Constitution to everyone in America.
Anyone who has ever spent time listening to a legislature knows the astonishing speed at which all presiding officers and reading clerks can spit out the formulaic incantations of parliamentary procedure.
I prefer someone who burns the flag and then wraps themselves up in the Constitution over someone who burns the Constitution and then wraps themselves up in the flag.
It's one thing to recognize that the gap between the rich and everybody else is growing like a cancer; it's another thing to come up with useful solutions.
When Michael Jackson, a poor black boy who grew up to be a rich, white woman, married Elvis Presley's daughter the Scientologist. Makes you proud to be an American, dudn't it?
I spend most of my life feeling like I've been shot out of a cannon.
Rank imperialism and warmongering are not American traditions or values. We do not need to dominate the world.
I have always been a left-winger and an outsider. I loved being that. I was perfectly cheerful with that role. Then suddenly, you're one of the talking heads on 'Nightline,' and you think you must have sold out.
I wouldn't say that dittoheads, as a group, lack the ability to reason. It's just that whenever I run across one, he seems to be at a low ebb in reasoning skills.
Texas is not a civilized place. Texans shoot one another a lot. They also knife, razor, and stomp one another to death with some frequency. And they fight in bars all the time.
A teenage foot that never tapped to 'Heartbreak Hotel' in the '50s probably belonged to a hopeless grind.
The only reason to have a positive mental attitude is that it makes life better. It doesn't cure cancer.
Sometimes I think Texas exists as a reality check for those who might wander too far toward the precious.
How the American right managed to convince itself that the programs to alleviate poverty are responsible for the consequences of poverty will someday be studied as a notorious mass illusion.
It's a monstrous idea to put people in prison and keep them there.
The Federal Reserve system obviously doesn't work anymore -- they keep lowering the federal discount rate, and all that happens is that the banks are making a fortune, and the old folks' CDs are getting chewed up.
He was so narrow minded he could see through a keyhole with both eyes.
I know: "Guns Don't Kill People." But I suspect that they have something to do with it. If you point your finger at someone and say, "Bang, bang, you're dead," not much actually happens.
Don't get me started about the media double standard.
Conservatives have been mad at the Supreme Court since it decided to desegregate the schools in 1954 and seen fit to blame the federal bench for everything that has happened since then that they don't like.
Old-fashioned anti-immigrant prejudice always brings out some old-fashioned racists.
Even for southerners, Arkansans are amazingly friendly and extend hospitality to all strangers with astonishing openness. You couldn't find a pretension in that state if you hunted from Jonesboro to El Dorado.
I'd worked for the 'Dallas Times Herald' for ten years, and its death was a kick in the gut the like of which I cannot recall ever having experienced.
I don't have any children, so I've decided to claim all the future freedom-fighters and hell-raisers as my kin.
Keep fighting for freedom and justice, beloveds, but don't forget to have fun doin' it. Lord, let your laughter ring forth. Be outrageous, ridicule the fraidy-cats, rejoice in all the oddities that freedom can produce.
Am I the only person covering politics who ever noticed that Newt Gingrich is actually a nincompoop?
I believe that ignorance is the root of all evil. And that no one knows the truth.
Satire is traditionally the weapon of the powerless against the powerful.
Satire is traditionally the weapon of the powerless against the powerful. I only aim at the powerful. When satire is aimed at the powerless, it is not only cruel -- it's vulgar.
Conservatives are fond of pointing out there are problems in this world can't be solved by throwing money at them. There are even more that can't be solved by dropping bombs on them.
To mistake Midland for the volk heartland is the West Texas equivalent of assuming that Greenwich, Connecticut, is Levittown.
Those who think of freedom in this country as one long, broad path leading ever onward and upward are dead damned wrong.
Jimmy Carter was unquestionably the most moral president of my lifetime, but he wasn't much of a president.
Those who imagine polygamy to be handy cover for promiscuity are apparently off the mark. If polygamists share one quality, it is that, polygamy aside, they are extraordinarily strait-laced.
No one has ever accused Texas of being in the vanguard of social progress. This is the most macho state in the U.S. of A. By lore, legend, and fact, Texas is 'hell' on women and horses.
Democracy requires a certain relish for confusion.
The danger of the blogosphere is reading only those you agree with. While there are right-wing blogs that are entertaining freak shows, it's hard to find substantial journalism there.
Having breast cancer is massive amounts of no fun. First they mutilate you; then they poison you; then they burn you. I have been on blind dates better than that.
There are times a country is so tired of bull that only the truth can provide relief.
I believe in practicing prudence at least once every two or three years.
Sometimes misunderstandings between bloggers and the MSM are the result of simple ignorance.