American History is a Sad History

The appeals – especially from Romney and the right, who seem to believe in a 1950’s American utopia – to American exceptionalism are peaking right about now, the days before the election. Perhaps we have to do this, as a modern democracy, but it...

Wedge Issues ’08: A Historical Preview

As we get closer to November, I thought it would be useful to examine the devil in modern politics. The wedge issue. What role will it have this fall, and will it once again doom Democrats chances for the White House? What is a wedge issue? It’s simple....

Is Immigration the new Gay Marriage?

By all accounts, we are a nation in turmoil. We continue to fight an never ending war in Iraq, the housing crisis continues to spread throughout the financial markets, and the economy teeters on the edge of recession. To the observer, these are the greatest issues...