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Mark Goldblatt
Mark Goldblatt
Author, "Bumper Sticker Liberalism"
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      Mark Goldblatt

      Mark Goldblatt is the author of “Bumper Sticker Liberalism.” He teaches at Fashion Institute of Technology (SUNY).

New York’s walking dead

              New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, left, and Police Commissioner Ray Kelly take questions during a news conference in New York, Monday, Aug. 12, 2013.  A U.S. judge has appointed a monitor to oversee the New York Police Department's controversial stop-and-search policy, saying it intentionally discriminates based on race and has violated the rights of tens of thousands of people. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

They walk among us, even now. We don't know who they are, precisely, but we know what many are like, and we can hazard guesses. The elderly woman hobbling home from church. The young executive taking a shortcut to work. The jogger glancing at his watch at sunset. The parking lot attendant scrambling to find a sedan. The deli owner depositing cash receipts. The young mother sitting on her stoop ... the toddler she's minding.

Iraq, with hindsight

12:08 PM 03/05/2013

As we near the tenth anniversary of the invasion of Iraq, liberals still cling with canine ferocity to the idea that President George W. Bush and his administration duped us into an unnecessary war which ultimately accomplished nothing. It’s an attitude deftly summed up by the bumper sticker, cum antiwar rally cry, cum Upper West Side yoga mantra, “Bush lied. People died.” What do liberals believe Bush lied about? In the run-up to the invasion of Iraq, he claimed that Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction and thus needed to be removed from power. Who died? Several thousand Americans soldiers --- and, depending on whom you believe, perhaps a million Iraqi civilians.

Throwing the Enlightenment under the bus

3:02 PM 10/17/2012

If you want to understand the full disgrace of the Obama administration’s response to the September 11 terrorist attack on the U.S. embassy in Benghazi, Libya, here’s the question to ask: What if the video had been any good?

An honest debate about gun violence

9:37 AM 10/02/2012

Few things in American public life are as predictable as gun control advocates taking to the airwaves and editorial pages in the immediate aftermath of a shooting spree to call for more stringent gun control measures. The summer of 2012 was a banner season for anti-gun rhetoric since it featured not one but two horrific incidents: the July 20th massacre of patrons at a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, and the August 5th massacre of worshippers at a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin.