Dan Carpenter

Dan
Carpenter

Carpenter is a former newspaper columnist.

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Carpenter is a former newspaper columnist.

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July 25, 2017 10:05 AM

Scouts dishonor

We keep being reminded, and keep refusing to fully accept, that the enemy we have met over the past two years is not Trump, or at least not only Trump; it is us. In the torrent of condemnation of the president’s vicious, rambling, egocentric, lewd, outrageously political “speech” to the Boy Scouts the other day, insufficient note was paid to the fact he was pretty much a hit. The flower of America’s patriotic youth and…

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June 14, 2017 7:27 PM

Why can’t we get along?

It is so touching to hear denunciations of violence and calls for unity from men who owe their positions of power to gun trafficking, militarism, sabotage of environmental and personal health and religious, racial and national divisiveness. Perhaps now they’ll examine whether there might be room within their broad definition of the Second Amendment for keeping combat-grade weapons away from people who have no beneficial use for them. Perhaps they’ll look first to their own…

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April 27, 2017 2:08 PM

Smart money?

You voted for Trump last fall, and this spring undocumented immigrants are rolling sod onto your vast suburban lawn. Did you lose the number for ICE? You donated to Trump, and the insurance business you run will not cover Florida coastal properties because they’re shrinking. Don’t you know it takes nerve to be great? You supported Trump and all things Republican, and your company is going solar despite government obstruction, because coal  makes less financial…

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April 14, 2017 3:21 PM

Bye, bye, American guys

Trump voters are dying. Earlier and earlier. A groundbreaking Princeton  University study conducted over the past two years shows a dramatic rise in mortality rates among white American men of middle age, especially those of low education. How dramatic? In 1999, the mortality rate of middle-aged white Americans without a college degree was 30 percent lower than that of all black Americans. Now, it’s 30 percent higher, said researcher Anne Case. The reasons? Principally, drug…

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March 9, 2017 5:34 PM

Sticks and stones, softly

I hope I’ll never utter sexist slurs against Kellyanne Conway or send death threats to Indiana Congressman Luke Messer, and I won’t bother to take up the free-speech sword on behalf of those who do. At the same time, though,  I don’t much feel much like joining the chorus of mainstream folks, liberal and conservative, who’ve themselves embraced the right-wing umbrage over these latest episodes of nastiness toward men and women in power who wield…

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February 19, 2017 5:21 PM

In dark days, 2 candles

The last time I saw Michael Gradison, I was helping him struggle up the steps of the City-County Building to join a demonstration on behalf of unionization for hotel workers making poverty wages. The last time I saw Joe Zelenka, I was trying and failing to lift him into bed in a nursing home room bedecked with memorabilia of his humanitarian work and his large, close family. Michael died Feb. 12 after fighting through pain…

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January 17, 2017 8:17 AM

Elected, unaccepted

He was perhaps our greatest president, and certainly one of our most despised. Abraham Lincoln had no choice, morally speaking. Opposition to expanding slavery was received in vast areas of the nation as a frontal attack on the American way of life. His words meant war to his fellow citizens; organized, protracted and even to this day incomprehensibly devastating. No other president holds such a distinction. For scope and depth of disaffection, Lincoln has nothing…

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January 8, 2017 11:30 AM

How Orange alters colors

“Better Red than dead,” the lefties were wont to say back in the Ban-the-Bomb days, when Donald Trump’s handlers were nannies. “Better Russkie than Democrat” is the contemporary version for fans of an unabashed pal of the Kremlin leadership who’s defied his nation’s own spy agencies in blowing off overwhelming evidence that our election process was violated to grease the defeat of a candidate the Russians don’t like. Trump has pretty much exhausted our capacity…

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December 18, 2016 2:10 PM

Hudnut: The height of loss

I’m not among the worshippers of Bill Hudnut, for reasons not worth going into at this sad and historic moment. I will say I mourn his passing, not only as a gallant man of bona fide faith but as a vestige of the Republicanism that used to speak to all Americans. True to Lincoln, the party of Ike and Javits and Brooke and Hudnut’s predecessor as Indy mayor, Dick Lugar, proposed to address racial inequality,…

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December 16, 2016 6:58 PM

Trump’s enemy — us

The winner of an historically foul election, loser of the popular vote by an historic margin, is making war on the majority who refused to support his candidacy. Constitutionally incapable of the sort of reaching out Barack Obama tried with (white male) voters “whose support I have yet to earn,” Donald Trump has proceeded to dial up the incitement of his base and by implication condone, if not celebrate, the eruptions of in-your-face bigotry his…

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