America's decadence

by Ellen Ratner -- "The American Republic will endure, until politicians realize they can bribe the people with their own money." – Alexis de Tocqueville Recently, I thought of America's favorite Frenchman more…

Bush: A truly small man

by Ellen Ratner -- This month's story has been that George W. Bush's nomination of Harriet Miers to the Supremes has pitted him against his own conservative base. Yet for liberals, this more…

No more excuses

by Ellen Ratner -- "The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves ..." – "Julius Caesar," by William Shakespeare Here's my paraphrase of an old ethnic joke that more…

A modest proposal

by Ellen Ratner -- As regular readers of this column know, I've just returned from the back roads and byways of Mississippi and Louisiana. I spent time at the Mt. Zion Methodist more…

Community

by Ellen Ratner -- This past week I, along with several members of Talk Radio News Service, decided to continue our "embedded journalist" coverage. Only this time, we were not in Iraq, more…

A second chance

by Ellen Ratner -- Yesterday marked the fourth anniversary of a day that changed the world and our nation forever. New York City, N.Y., and Washington, D.C., residents remarked at how similar more…

A question of values

by Ellen Ratner -- Americans are shaking their heads in disbelief at the images of tens of thousands of their fellow citizens trapped in the Dante's Inferno that has engulfed New Orleans. more…

Anyone home?

by Ellen Ratner -- August in Washington, D.C., is about as dead as a John Kerry stump speech. Congress packs up and scatters to the 50 states. Lobbyists have no reason to more…

WWJD?

by Ellen Ratner -- Cindy Sheehan has been camped outside the president's vacation locale longer than her son was in Iraq before he was killed in action. Ms. Sheehan has one request. more…

Coming soon: 'Wag the Dog,' part 2

by Ellen Ratner -- The president's approval ratings are starting to look like a share of "dot bomb" stock in 1999. Even the most favorable polls show that Mr. Bush has lost more…