Sarah Palin and her friends on the Republican right seem to have never heard of either validity or reliability.
It is important to take a look at them and their Republican cohorts to see what they are up to and what they really want.
Many children were working in the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory when fire broke out. Such conditions, if Republicans have their way, may again become commonplace.
Republican claims that they have an overwhelming majority mandate do not square with the polls.
Tea party leaders and the ultra-right need a lesson in history when it comes to our Founding Fathers who were not only revolutionaries in deed, but many held far-reaching democratic ideas that the tea-baggers would denounce as "socialist."
The usual norms of political discourse would emphasize a party's ability to ask pertinent questions and provide salient answers; to probe facts, poll members and seek solutions based largely on consensus or majority sentiment. Today's politics seem based on contradiction, on a party-constituency dynamic that turns the norms of political discourse on its head.
The "tea party movement" is neither "populist," or new; nor was it as I see it, a major factor inthe GOP victory. So what was?
Given the worst losses for the Democrats in Congress in the last 50 years, some serious rethinking seems called for.
Just like they did when President Obama was running for the White House, the Republican/ tea party candidates are throwing the kitchen sink again at Democrats
Republican senatorial candidate Joe Miller of Alaska has stirred up controversy recently. He is the Tea Party favorite, Palin backed, and it's no surprise that he believes everything the federal government provides is negative.