Removing Norquist's burkha

by Ellen Ratner -- Everybody knows that the issue of patriotism belongs to the right – right? And everybody knows that all those Americans who consort with those hostile to America are more…

Straight talk about reparations

by Ellen Ratner -- In the 1960s, if you wanted to upset "The Man," all you'd have to say was, "Burn, Baby, Burn!" Today, in our more material world, the hot-button race more…

Carter, Bush and Cuba

by Ellen Ratner -- Smashing success aren't two words normally connected with the name of Jimmy Carter. But this time, they should be. The ex-president's tour through Cuba was a tour de more…

Ozzy Osbourne

by Ellen Ratner -- British born Ozzy Osbourne – as American as apple pie? You betcha! And what's so American about some guy old enough to be your grandfather whose hairdo, perpetual more…

Suicide bombers and bumper stickers

by Ellen Ratner -- Like most Americans, I've been appalled by the recent spate of suicide bombings in Israel. And like most Americans, I've also asked myself, what could drive children, whose more…

Give Saudi Arabia a chance

by Ellen Ratner -- To walk a mile in another person's shoes before passing judgment – this is true American wisdom. Well, I've just walked a mile – actually, about 7,000 miles more…

A free-speech folly

by Ellen Ratner -- People are always trying to define civilization. Well, here's my definition in only two words: First Amendment. That's right. In a world full of tin-pot tyrants and dime-store more…

WWIII: What would you do?

by Ellen Ratner -- I've been cruising Internet chat rooms lately, and I'm amazed what some Americans are advising Bush to do on foreign policy. On Arafat: "Nuke 'em," "Give 'em two more…

Make love, not war

by Ellen Ratner -- The other morning I had no sooner finished my radio show than the phone rang. The voice at the other end was a senior Democrat with the Democratic more…