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…

Salute the Flag, cash the check

by Ellen Ratner -- Most conservatives I know resent liberal criticisms of the War on Terror. They claim that unlike President Bush, liberals refuse to "stand tall" and "tough it out." Democrats more…

Karma and Dogma on evesdropping

by Ellen Ratner -- The other day I was driving around Washington, D.C., trying to make sense of the news that Congresswoman Heather Wilson, R-N.M., had issued a statement questioning the Bush more…

T-shirts in the Capitol

by Ellen Ratner -- The day after the State of the Union speech, the newspapers and TV news shows were filled with the stories of the arrest of Cindy Sheehan wearing an more…

Keep the aid flowing

by Ellen Ratner -- With Hamas' decisive win in Palestine last week, the racket of celebratory gunfire and cheers coming from Gaza was matched by only by the wailing and weeping coming more…

Uncle Sam vs. Google

by Ellen Ratner -- "Those who would give up Essential Liberty to purchase a little Temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety." -- Letter to the governor of Pennsylvania by the Pennsylvania more…

Stop the hearings

by Ellen Ratner -- "[The President] shall nominate, and by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate…Judges of the supreme Court, and all other Officers of the United States." – more…

Sharon's journey

by Ellen Ratner -- Occasionally in human affairs, the loss of a single individual can end one epoch, begin another, or unsettle a world. During these times we momentarily gasp as if more…

My 2006 predictions

by Ellen Ratner -- New Year's Day means that it's time once again for all those lying self-promises about reducing food consumption, quitting smoking and reducing alcohol intake to make room for more…

Not a suicide pact

by Ellen Ratner -- Listening to my radio last week, I heard Rush Limbaugh discuss the latest episode of Bush malfeasance on the subject of civil liberties, and misattribute the following quote more…