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…

Arafat must stay!

by Ellen Ratner -- The government of Israel recently announced that a Cabinet-level decision had been made to expel Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat. This was followed up almost immediately by one extreme more…

You do the math

by Ellen Ratner -- It's now only 13 months before the 2004 presidential election and George Bush, who has repeatedly proclaimed that the Iraq War will define his presidency, has finally admitted more…

Raising the white flag

by Ellen Ratner -- Critics of the war were vindicated this week as the Bush administration hoisted the white flag, signaling the surrender of the most presumptuous of its several misfired premises more…