Same-sex marriage and Emperor Bush

by Ellen Ratner -- Given the events of last week, if I were a conservative, I'd be feeling mighty insulted by President Bush. After all, the right has supported Bush through thick more…

A leftist's defense of war

by Ellen Ratner -- Today is Memorial Day, once called Decoration Day and set aside after the Civil War as the occasion to place flowers and other remembrances on the graves of more…

Losing America

by Ellen Ratner -- A recent column on the Internet asked the question: Why now? Why here and now, has immigration become an issue unlike any in recent memory? Some of the more…

Patrick Kennedy a victim of addiction

by Ellen Ratner -- This was a great week for the Kennedy haters. All of those who despised JFK for his courageous stand on civil rights and nuclear disarmament, RFK for his more…

Republican $3 bills

by Ellen Ratner -- This week, President Bush decided to recognize National Volunteer Week by calling for volunteers to help rebuild the mess that Hurricane Katrina left behind. Does Bush's call strike more…

Bush's bad credit rating

by Ellen Ratner -- What's wrong with this administration's policy regarding Iran? A few right-wingers cheered President Bush's recent saber rattler that "all options were on the table" regarding a response to more…

The pusillanimous president

by Ellen Ratner -- The latest flap within the Bush administration illustrates better than nothing else what has gone wrong with our war in Iraq. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice recently understated more…

Immigration complexities and hypocrisies

by Ellen Ratner -- A friend's recent story highlights the complexities – and the hypocrisies – of the immigration issue now being argued on American streets and the halls of Congress. My more…

Iraqis step up, or America steps out

by Ellen Ratner -- I have some good news and some bad news – depending on your point of view – for you, my readers. For the next several weeks, this space more…

It's all about the trust, Stupid

by Ellen Ratner -- Few commentators have hit on the real reason why the public – and a rather impressive bipartisan political coalition – almost instantly congealed to protest President Bush's politically more…