Joseph Mistick

The politics of Skittles & T-shirts

After World War II, the works of some European and American playwrights became known as the "Theater of the Absurd." These plays avoided traditional structure ...

Trump has the juice

When O.J. Simpson was acquitted of the 1994 murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman, many trial watchers were baffled. The evidence against him ...

No simple answers to complex problems

When Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte insulted President Obama's mother last week, Obama put the hoodlum in his place by canceling their upcoming meeting. It was ...

From Russia, with love (or, how Putin could help elect Trump)

"As long as I count the votes, what are you going to do about it?" asked William "Boss" Tweed, the 19th-century political boss of New ...

Country music nails Trump's dilemma

Sometimes nothing hits home like the lyrics from a melancholy country music song. The country rock band "Confederate Railroad" nailed Donald Trump's current dilemma, with ...

It's about us, not them

Kathleen Kane reportedly said that revenge is a dish best served cold. But it was not nearly cold enough when she served it to her ...

Donald Trump is certifiably crazy

Some people think that calling Donald Trump "crazy" is an insult to crazy people. As Patrick Kennedy said in a Washington Post op-ed, "When that ...

Trump erodes America's foundation

Donald Trump will always have his followers. They will follow him off a cliff, no matter how crazy he talks, because his message expresses their ...

The insult candidate: Donald Trump

By their nature, most politicians go along to get along. Most of the time. This time around, Republicans John Kasich and Ted Cruz have chosen ...

All is not well in the world of Trump

"Imitation is the sincerest (form) of flattery," according to the early 19th-century English writer Charles Caleb Colton. Being a man of simpler times, Colton might ...

Republicans in Cleveland: Rename 'Freedom Plaza' as 'Suppression Plaza'

In spite of a chaotic primary season, the Republican National Committee is promising a great time at its convention. And it claims that much of ...