Sunday, September 26, 2010

The "No Labels" Movement

Fifty years ago today, the modern era of American political campaigns was born.  On the evening of September 26, 1960, the two principal candidates for President of the United States -- Vice President Richard Nixon and Senator John Kennedy -- met in the first-ever nationally televised debate between two presidential candidates.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

A Rally for the Rest of Us

Pew Research Center released the results of a survey this summer that asked registered voters to assess their views of the ideologies of the major political parties.  In the survey, they asked American voters to describe their own political views by placing themselves in the most appropriate of five categories: very conservative; conservative; moderate; liberal; or very liberal.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

The Land of the Free

There are a few dates on the calendar that are woven into the fabric of America -- July 4th, December 25th, February 14th -- and a few more that are etched into the minds of Americans keen on their history -- June 6th, December 7th.  Today's date, September 11th, has joined that short list of dates that jump off of the calendar.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

The Incredible Shrinking Crisis

It was 38 years ago today that Jim McKay, the award-winning ABC sportscaster, had the solemn duty of informing the world of the awful outcome to the hostage crisis that had stolen the world's attention from the 1972 Summer Olympic Games in Munich.  In his unscripted remarks, McKay said, "When I was a kid my father used to say 'Our greatest hopes and our worst fears are seldom realized.'"