Ford would've been better choice

by Ellen Ratner -- Last week, my advice for the Democratic Party was a paraphrase of Horace Greeley: "Go Left, Young Man!" This week, I want to suggest something paradoxical: The Democrats more…

Democrats: Into the wilderness

by Ellen Ratner -- Tuesday's election was a reckoning. The Republicans did what no party in power is supposed to be able to do in a midterm vote: They kept control of more…

Unworthy heirs

by Ellen Ratner -- In our age of blow-dried political gutlessness wrapped in an empty suit (I envision the Invisible Man wearing new threads and a toupe), Paul Wellstone was unique, maybe more…

Sniper scorecard

by Ellen Ratner -- Finally, it's over. After a few weeks on the learning curve, the cops appear to have pulled off a stunning investigative coup using lots of brains, shoe leather more…

How stupid are we? Part II

by Ellen Ratner -- Last week, I wrote about how stupid the right-wing was in failing to promote even minimal steps to protect ourselves from this murdering sicko currently wreaking havoc inside more…

How stupid are we? Part I

by Ellen Ratner -- In Maryland, some maniac/terrorist/serial-Tarot-Card-flipping murderer plays a local version of Saddam Hussein – randomly executing innocent men, women and children – while politicians pose, sheriffs speechify and the more…

2 cheers for Jim McDermott

by Ellen Ratner -- Prof. William Ian Miller, in his book "The Mystery of Courage," notes that of the many different forms of courage, two have always stood out as especially admirable: more…

Vaccinate now!

by Ellen Ratner -- I oppose the idea of a preemptive strike against Iraq. Working through the U.N. to first attempt a peaceful disarmament is the adult way to go. But that more…

'The Sopranos'

by Ellen Ratner -- The American people – at least those who can write the check for cable HBO – have collectively raised a mirror to themselves. Guess who's staring back? It's more…

America the better

by Ellen Ratner -- The images will last forever and perhaps define a generation: the Twin Towers burning, the fiery gash in the Pentagon and the silence of the dead slice of more…