Man of the Year

by Ellen Ratner -- I was thankful to see that Time Magazine has bestowed the honor of Man of the Year on the U.S. Solider. Clearly, this group of Americans has sacrificed more…

Syria

by Ellen Ratner -- I just returned from Syria, second on the list of the neocon's "Usual Suspect Hit List," after Iran. Syria has not yet been formally designated as a spoke more…

A liberal's Thanksgiving

by Ellen Ratner -- Listening to my conservative friends, I sometimes get the feeling that they believe Thanksgiving is a holiday owned by them. That somehow, liberals' political or social dissent is more…

Ungodly?

by Ellen Ratner -- The only thing let out of the closet by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court's ruling on gay marriage was Lady Justice herself. And it's about time. By affirming more…

Leadership by example

by Ellen Ratner -- Last week, President Bush declared he'd like to see democracy break out in the Middle East (whether they want it or not; whether they can manage it or more…

Diversity of ideas vs. Democrats

by Ellen Ratner -- "There's no such thing as a big tent in the Democratic Party. Many stripes make up the Democratic fabric and if you are missing one stripe, you can't more…

Forget WMDs – nab Saddam

by Ellen Ratner -- I opposed Bush's policy of pre-emptive war against Iraq and like many opponents, accurately predicted the mess that we're in right now. But at the moment, all of more…

Rumsfeld's questions

by Ellen Ratner -- I think Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld had a point with his recent leaked memo. Based on the questions he raised – for example, he asked if we more…

The transparent truth

by Ellen Ratner -- "People in glass houses should ... always clean their windows." – Ellen Ratner Lately, the Bush administration has put a lot of yakkity-yak on the airwaves about "transparency," more…

Three cheers for the losers

by Ellen Ratner -- Honesty is a rare policy anywhere, but virtually unknown in that Fib-A-Thon we call American Politics. If the U.S. electorate is like some Capt. Ahab, in search of more…