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Theodore R. Johnson

Theodore R. Johnson is a writer at The Bulwark and the director of the Fellows Program at the Brennan Center for Justice. He is also a retired commander in the U.S. Navy following a two-decade career that included service as a White House fellow, military professor at the U.S. Naval War College, and speechwriter to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

His book When the Stars Begin to Fall: Overcoming Racism and Renewing the Promise of America was published by Atlantic Monthly Press in 2021.

Twitter: @DrTedJ.


Articles by Theodore R. Johnson (page 1)

September 22, 2022 5:30 am

The Black Silent Majority

It has largely been discounted or ignored by the broader political class.
Theodore R. Johnson
August 30, 2022 5:30 am

How the American Dream Became a Political Cudgel

And how it makes it harder for us to have serious policy debates.
Theodore R. Johnson
August 19, 2022 5:30 am

Trump Acted as Though the Military Swore an Oath to Him Personally

Little surprise that so many of the scandals of his presidency and post-presidency involved the military and national security concerns.
Theodore R. Johnson
August 10, 2022 5:30 am

Tilting Our Politics Back Toward Democracy

What the old trope about the United States being “a republic, not a democracy” misses about the American system.
Theodore R. Johnson
July 25, 2022 5:30 am

Is the American Myth Unraveling?

Our creedal dedication to equality and democracy may be petering out. Or maybe it just needs more vigorous defending.
Theodore R. Johnson
July 21, 2022 5:23 am

What Bennie Thompson and Liz Cheney Have in Common

Both have bucked their party. But the parties responded very differently.
Theodore R. Johnson
June 28, 2022 5:30 am

From Mayor to President in 2024?

The next Democratic presidential nominee might emerge from the ranks of the nation’s local leaders.
Theodore R. Johnson
June 21, 2022 4:55 am

A Nation of Promise

Tracing a man through history, from enslaved child to American citizen to great-great-grandfather.
Theodore R. Johnson
June 16, 2022 5:27 am

The Real Story of the Politics of Juneteenth

Politicians took the easy way out for a day that’s about America doing the hard things.
Theodore R. Johnson
May 29, 2022 2:16 pm

Memorial Day—for All Americans

We may disagree with one another about our vision for our country, but so did the soldiers, sailors, airmen, and…
Theodore R. Johnson