Thursday, April 28, 2016(3 comments)
Bernie's R.I. Win is a Rebirth for the Democratic Party
Bernie isn't just winning over a key voting demographic, he's energizing people to participate in the political process as Democrats.
If the Democratic Party were smart, it'd capitalize on Bernie's rapport with independents, as well as young people. An obvious starting point would be adopting Bernie's positions on things like healthcare, Social Security, free college, no more stupid wars, and taking on Wall Street.
Wednesday, April 20, 2016(6 comments)
Can Social Media Seize Control of Our Elections?
Thanks to the death of the Fairness Doctrine, the people who are supposed to report the news no longer have any obligation whatsoever to, you know, report the news. As a result, corporate media, especially corporate television media, has become almost completely indistinguishable from "infotainment."
Thursday, April 14, 2016 Democracy: The Continuing Fight Against Factions
As President Carter pointed out, this isn't a democracy, it's an oligarchy, and it's the complete opposite of what this country was founded on. That's why movements like Democracy Spring and Democracy Awakening are so important. They don't just encourage young people to get active in politics, they also rejuvenate the ideals that made this country's experiment in democracy possible in the first place.
Friday, April 8, 2016(1 comments)
The GOP Is Now Bragging About Voter Suppression
Voting, Thomas Paine once said, "is the beating heart of democracy." It's what makes our democracy possible. Without it, Paine said, "man would be reduced to slavery." It's for this very reason, of course, that conservatives have worked since the founding of our republic to make it harder or downright impossible for people who are not part of the political and economic elite to vote.
Thursday, April 7, 2016 The Dark Future for America If We Let the Middle Class Disappear
If we don't work to restore the American middle class to the vibrant, robust segment of our nation it once was, we may soon witness the end of small-d democracy as we know it. As history and nature both show us, working for the collective good is essential to a functioning democracy, and the natural outcome of that work is a strong and vibrant middle class.
Tuesday, April 5, 2016 Is the Next Taxpayer Bailout the Coal Industry?
Many big coal companies currently facing financial ruin may not be able to afford the cost of cleaning up their mines because they've handed so much money off to their executives and stockholders. If coal companies won't pay to clean up their mines, who will? You and me, the taxpayers, of course!
Sunday, April 3, 2016(2 comments)
Scalia's Gift To Public Unions
the Supreme Court just issued a split 4-to-4 decision, which means the lower-court ruling protecting unions stays in place for the time being. The case will likely wind up back before the court in the future, but for now, our public unions will have the power to fight another day. And, if the U.S. Senate stops refusing to do their job, President Obama could appoint a new Justice who isn't opposed to our vital labor unions.
Saturday, April 2, 2016(12 comments)
These Corporations Have Pillaged the Land and Robbed the People
It's time to put a stop to Big Coal's playbook of pillaging the land for short term profits and then robbing workers and retirees of their pensions to pay off Wall Street lenders. And if lawmakers want to be pro-worker, we need legislation that ACTUALLY protects workers' health care and pensions, without holding the environment for ransom.
Wednesday, March 30, 2016(2 comments)
How Do We Democratize Our Media?
There's a reason the framers of the Constitution wrote the press into the First Amendment: Democracy can't thrive without an informed electorate. It's time to democratize the media, and that means it's time to bring back the Fairness Doctrine and to reinstate media ownership rules so a small handful of wealthy right-wingers no longer dictate our daily media diet.
Sunday, March 20, 2016(16 comments)
What Happens When Neither Political Party Answers to the Bottom 90%? America in Crisis
With both political parties captured almost entirely by the interest of the top 1% (Republicans) and the top 10% (Democrats), the bottom 90% feel they have nowhere else to go. For the past few decades, they've expressed this reality of being unrepresented by simply not voting and not showing up for politics, which they correctly saw as rigged and not working in their interest.
Thursday, March 17, 2016(2 comments)
Go West, Young Man: Bernie Sanders' Path to Victory and Political Revolution
The experts and pundits in the establishment media industrial complex have written Sanders off before, and they've been wrong about pretty much everything this election, so we should take what they say with a gigantic grain of salt. The political revolution wins regardless of whether or not its leader does.
Wednesday, March 16, 2016(4 comments)
A Key Component of US Fascism Is Already in Place
When corporations can buy Congress and use their sheer size and influence to get what they want and box out competition, there is no free market at all. And if you believe the old maxim that there is no freedom without economic freedom, there's no democracy either. Donald Trump is taking us in a very dangerous direction, and thanks to Ronald Reagan, he has fertile ground to work with.
Saturday, March 12, 2016(2 comments)
The Era of Small Government Is Over
Today's Republicans don't believe in promoting the general welfare. They're ideologues who've been running a gigantic scam on the American people for the past 30 years. They want to destroy government to enrich their wealthy friends and donors. This con worked for decades, but Americans are now starting to figure it out.
Friday, March 11, 2016(2 comments)
It's Time to Rid the DNC of DINOs, Starting With the Chair
Debbie Wasserman Schultz isn't the only Democrat-In-Name-Only (DINO) in the Democratic leadership. But as the DNC Chair, she is the highest-ranking DINO in the party. It's time to restore the Democratic wing of the Democratic Party, and we should start with the chair.
Friday, March 4, 2016(12 comments)
Why Is Our Government Working for the Private Good Over the Public Good?
If the new chemical safety bill passes into law, cities and schools will be stuck with the bill to clean up Monsanto's cancer-causing chemical, and individuals will be stuck with the bill to treat the cancers that the chemical caused. That's a real possibility, because our government has stopped working for the public good, and now it works mostly to line the coffers of multibillion dollar corporations.
Saturday, February 27, 2016(1 comments)
Why Insurance Companies Are Nervous About Sanders' Health Care Agenda
Ever since Bernie Sanders announced his campaign for president--and long before, in fact--he has been attacked for his stance on single-payer health care. It's been over 50 years since Medicare was legislated into existence, and it was established with the idea that one day it would be tweaked to become the national single-payer health insurance program for the United States of America. Let's fulfill the promise of Medicare!
Saturday, February 20, 2016(1 comments)
Have the Democratic Superdelegates Been Compromised?
If Americans suspect that the Democratic elite have been rigging the nomination process, then Democrats are going to have a hard time harnessing the grassroots energy that they'll need to propel their candidate to the White House. If they want to win in November, it's time that the Democrats make their primaries truly Democratic again.
Thursday, February 18, 2016 Why Americans Like Socialism
Say what you want about the feasibility of "democratic socialism," but the argument that it's somehow out of step with what the American people want is just flat-out wrong. Americans do want socialism, even if they've been bludgeoned by decades of Cold War era propaganda into believing that it's an affront to our democracy.
Tuesday, February 16, 2016(4 comments)
Why Republicans Have Only Themselves to Blame If Trump Wins the Nomination
The Republicans are reaping the not-so-sweet rewards of fighting for more extremism, more political maneuvering and a boatload more money in our political process. If they really want to take on Donald Trump, all they have to do is adopt a few liberal views. I'm sure progressives everywhere are waiting to welcome them into the folds.
Tuesday, February 9, 2016(2 comments)
Corporate-Managed Trade Deals Screw the US
While Secretary Clinton's views on corporate-managed trade have changed a lot over the years, Senator Sanders' haven't. He opposes and has opposed every single one of the so-called free trade deals we've entered into since the 1980s. He also now says that he would reject the Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP, if elected president. This is a big deal, and a sign that a Sanders presidency would do wonders for working Americans.
Monday, February 8, 2016(7 comments)
The Battle Between Populist Sanders and Establishment Clinton Is as Old as the Country Itself
The Federalists fought hard to keep "freedom from monopolies" out of the Constitution. And they won. The result was a boon for very large businesses in America in the 19th and 20th centuries, with big companies now even using trade deals like the TPP to expand their monopolies. Our decision in the voting booth may well shape the next 200 years of our nation.
Friday, February 5, 2016(11 comments)
If You Want to Win, Go Progressive
In 2012 and 2014, truly progressive democrats, like Sherrod Brown, Elizabeth Warren, Al Franken and Bernie Sanders easily won their contests. Because they ran as progressives with progressive stances on the issues that impact the United States' disappearing middle class. And voter turnout is high when voters have real progressive candidates and a truly progressive platform to support.
Monday, February 1, 2016(5 comments)
Ted Cruz is Too Radical To Be President
It's almost like the media think it's acceptable that someone running for president likes to pal around with Christian extremists and wannabe-theocrats. Well, it's not acceptable; it's a direct threat to our democracy, which is why the corporate media should start taking Cruz and his radical endorsements seriously. The media should do its job and wake the American people up to this before it's too late.
Thursday, January 21, 2016(4 comments)
The Most Disingenuous Attack on Bernie Yet
As a candidate running for major office, Hillary Clinton has every right to point out her opponent's track record on key issues. But she should do it honestly. She should do so in a way that enlightens the public instead of confusing it.
If her dishonest attack on Bernie Sanders's CFMA vote is just a preview of where the Clinton campaign intends to take this race, we're in for a long and very distressing primary season.
Tuesday, January 19, 2016 One Thing Donald Trump Is Actually Right About When It Comes to America's Economic Problems
During an exchange with his Republican rivals, Donald Trump said, "You can't deal with China without [a] tariff. They do it to us. We don't do it. It's not fair trade." Even the right-wing moderators quickly tried to dispute the Donald, but on this one point, he happens to be exactly right. Donald Trump may be wrong on just about everything, but he's absolutely right about tariffs.
Thursday, January 14, 2016(4 comments)
Obama's Last State of the Union and the Myth of Bipartisanship
Being a great president doesn't mean making compromises with the enemies of democracy, who have always existed in this country and this point in time just happen to control the Republican Party. Being a great president means fighting the enemies of democracy head-on, as Lincoln did when he was at his best, and as FDR did the entire time he was in the White House.
Wednesday, January 13, 2016(1 comments)
Bernie's Insurgent Campaign Is Starting to Make the Corporate Democrats Panic
If Bernie Sanders' wildly successful campaign has told us anything, it's that Democratic voters are sick and tired of the DLC-Clintonites running the show. The base of the Democratic Party is still progressive even if the party bigwigs have sold out to the corporatists. Establishment Democrats should be scared. Bernie's campaign is showing cracks in their junta.
Sunday, January 10, 2016(1 comments)
Michael Moore Is Right: Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder Has to Go
Emergency managers appointed by Governor Snyder oversaw the water-switch, which then wasn't appropriately monitored or managed by Snyder's Department of Environmental Quality, and then Governor Snyder personally ignored warnings about the matter from his own chief-of-staff. In other words, no matter which way you slice it, Governor Snyder is ultimately responsible for every single part of this catastrophe.
Saturday, January 9, 2016(11 comments)
The Bundy Boys' Bizarre Anti-Constitutional Agenda
In other words, what we're seeing out in Oregon right now isn't just a fight over federal land; it's also a fight over the fundamental meaning of the Constitution, and Ammon Bundy and his friends are on the wrong side of that fight. Let's hope they learn the error of their ways before anyone gets killed.
Thursday, January 7, 2016(4 comments)
Who's Responsible for CA's Giant Toxic Methane Leak That Has Forced Thousands to Evacuate Their Homes?
This natural gas leak isn't just an environmental disaster; it's an atmospheric catastrophe like we've never really seen before. Thousands of people have been displaced from their homes, their communities forced to scatter and the climate has been put even further in jeopardy, just because a for-profit company wasn't required to replace the safety valve on their aging well.
Wednesday, January 6, 2016(3 comments)
Trump Gives Terrorism a Boost
The Grand Old Party has been supporting terrorism for decades now, through its policies and its rhetoric and, as Osama Bin Laden pointed out in 1998, that's been a real boon for Halliburton and other members of the Republican's military-industrial complex donors. Donald Trump is just the logical conclusion of that dark, dark trend.
Saturday, January 2, 2016 GOP Fearmongering Is Taking American Politics to a Dark and Disturbing Place
We have a political system where one party -- the Republican Party -- is totally and completely committed to scaring the crap out of people to get elected so they can have access to money and power for their own purposes. And that is something worth freaking out about, because if history tells us anything, it's that when people are scared, they'll do pretty much anything to feel safe.
Thursday, December 31, 2015(5 comments)
Why Is It Illegal to Research the Impact of Gun Control on Public Health?
Gun violence is a public health crisis. It's a public health crisis because it's an ongoing and substantial threat to the safety of the citizens of this country. No one, I repeat no one, is safe, at least not with the NRA out there spending millions of dollars every election cycle to make sure weapons of war stay on our streets. There are too many guns in too many hands.
Tuesday, December 29, 2015(10 comments)
The Big Lie on the War Against Drugs
Nixon wasn't the first to use drug enforcement as a way to oppress minorities in America, but he did step up the racist War on Drugs and sign it into law -- and every president since then has continued and even expanded it. According to the Justice Policy Institute, approximately 500,000 people were serving time for drug offenses in state and federal prisons and jails in 2008.
Wednesday, December 23, 2015(6 comments)
How Apple is Hurting the American Taxpayer
It's the holidays, and whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or anything else, there's one thing that we all have in common. Corporate America wants us all to buy stuff, lots of stuff.
Friday, December 18, 2015(19 comments)
The Republican Path to the Dark Side
Republicans have always understood that fear works to motivate their white base. Fear appeals to our basic animal instinct to stay safe, and it makes the simplest, inane and most downright evil solutions sound smart. This is great for Republicans because they don't have any real solutions, but it's awful for our democracy and keeps us from having an honest conversation about the things that are really hurting our country.
Tuesday, December 15, 2015(17 comments)
The Media Is Ignoring the Most Important Issue of Our Time
The media loves terror porn; keeping people afraid is profitable. However, both common sense, and simple analysis, show that what really keeps most Americans up at night is money, or the lack of it. For the first time in the lifetime of many Americans, the Middle Class now makes up less than half of the US population.
Friday, October 30, 2015(3 comments)
We Need to Put a Price on Carbon
Forcing the fossil fuel industry to pay for even a small percentage of the damage it does to our planet would, in turn, give it an incentive to keep carbon in the ground. Emissions would go down and everyone would be better off. This isn't some wild-eyed theory, either. We've seen carbon pricing work wonders right here in the US.
Wednesday, October 28, 2015(6 comments)
Are We Humans Destroying Our Own Nest?
We need to get serious about cleaning up the environment and addressing runaway climate change, and we need to fundamentally change how we see our place in nature. We need to get serious about living with nature, instead of living at the expense of nature.
Saturday, October 24, 2015(4 comments)
It's Time for the US to Return to "Socialist" Policies
For 35 years, Reaganomics and tax cuts for the rich have only benefited the rich, at the expense of the middle class and the country as a whole. Americans overwhelmingly want our nation to return to the "radical socialist" policies pioneered by Dwight D. Eisenhower and bring the middle class back again.
Friday, October 23, 2015(6 comments)
Hey Democrats, Don't Pull an NDP -- Run as Progressives
Democrats win elections when they run as progressives. Unfortunately, a lot of establishment Democrats still buy into the right-wing myth that the US is a "center-right nation" when it's anything but. A recent poll by the Progressive Change Institute shows that Americans overwhelmingly agree with progressives like Bernie Sanders on key issues from education and healthcare to the economy.
Thursday, October 8, 2015(30 comments)
The Billionaire Hypocrisy of Helping the Poor
If the richest in the US really want to help uplift the most impoverished regions around our own country, they could certainly do it. The business magnates who have made billions from our trade deals can stop outsourcing jobs. They can start reopening factories and build new manufacturing facilities right here in the United States.
Sunday, October 4, 2015(1 comments)
Alabama Toughens Rules for Voting While Black
Even if this isn't a targeted effort to suppress minority and low-income votes in the state, the end effect is that it fundamentally undermines our democracy by making it more difficult to register to vote in the counties that just lost their driver's license bureaus. This bald-faced attempt to block minorities from voting should face a Justice Department investigation.
Saturday, September 26, 2015(4 comments)
The Pope Says Greed Is Not Good
The pope is reminding the US and the world -- that multiple mansions -- the Olympic-sized swimming pools -- the yachts and the private planes -- these are not what we should be paying attention to -- and the people who own those things aren't idols. And he's right -- it's time to orient our principles in a way that uplifts the poorest.
Thursday, September 24, 2015(2 comments)
A CEO Goes to Jail for Killing People
A federal jury sentenced the former owner of the now defunct Peanut Corporation of America to 28 years in prison for his role in one of the largest salmonella outbreaks in US history. But Stewart Parnell wasn't charged with killing or sickening anybody, even though the outbreak was connected to at least nine deaths across five states. No, he was charged for 67 counts of defrauding customers.
Wednesday, September 23, 2015(5 comments)
The Republican Insurgency Against the Judicial Branch
On January 20, 2009, the night when the Obamas were dancing at inaugural balls and most Americans were out celebrating the end of the Bush years, a group of powerful Republicans was planning the end of Obama presidency before it even got going. At the Caucus Room restaurant in Washington, DC, GOP leaders drew up a plan to intentionally sabotage President Obama at every point possible.
Saturday, September 19, 2015(16 comments)
The Wall Street Journal's Attempt to Take Down Bernie Sanders Backfired
It's 5 trillion dollars that we the people will save with Bernie's plan -- and get back -- by adopting an efficient -- and affordable -- single payer health-care for all system. And that would be good for everyone -- and the economy as a whole.
Thursday, September 3, 2015(12 comments)
We're at a Dangerous Climate Crossroads -- Here's How We Can Save the Planet
Even that two degree Celsius benchmark might be not be enough to hold off environmental devastation on a scale we haven't seen in millennia. Two degrees Celsius warming is what the world's climate negotiators have decided is "possible" and "acceptable," but according to former NASA scientist James Hansen, even that little warming is a recipe for disaster. Time really is running out to save the planet.
Saturday, August 22, 2015(47 comments)
Picking Apart One of the Biggest Lies in American Politics: "Free Trade"
President Obama continues to follow his predecessors -- Reagan, Bush, Clinton, and Bush -- in the religious belief that "free trade" will save us all. It's nonsense. "Free trade" is a guaranteed ticket to the poorhouse for any nation, and the evidence is overwhelming.
Wednesday, August 19, 2015(15 comments)
Why Ordinary Republicans Vote for Bernie
If Bernie Sanders ends up being the Democratic nominee for president, and it looks more and more every day like he will be, his Republican opponent is going to have a very hard time beating him. And that's because of all the Democratic candidates running, Bernie Sanders has the best chance of capturing Republican votes.
Wednesday, August 19, 2015(2 comments)
From "Hope and Change" to "Hope for Change" -- Is the Revolution Back On?
The US is turning to a self-described socialist who regularly talks about his campaign as leading a political revolution and Hillary Clinton is trying hard to frame herself as a real populist. The 2016 political season is starting to get very interesting.
Friday, August 14, 2015(3 comments)
Can Mass Extinction Lead to Something Better?
We're headed for a mass extinction event if we continue to pump fossil fuel resources out of the ground and burn them into the atmosphere -- and if we continue to let our oceans acidify and life in the oceans die. Why don't we just avoid the whole debacle and cut fossil fuel subsidies and invest in a clean and renewable future?
Wednesday, August 12, 2015(4 comments)
Fukushima -- Selling Out the Next Generation
Japan has restarted its first nuclear reactor to generate power since 2013. And that's really bad news. Remember what happened in 2013? Why Japan closed all of its reactors abruptly and why we're still tracing the spread of radioactive material across our Pacific Coast and into the atmosphere?
Saturday, August 8, 2015(6 comments)
If You Liked the Iraq War, You'll Love the Iran War
This isn't a deal between the US and Iran -- this is a binding international agreement negotiated between six countries, ratified by the United Nations, and supported by the strictest inspection regime ever devised.
And if this deal fails -- it won't be Iran that has gone rogue from the international community.
It will be the United States and Israel.
Thursday, August 6, 2015(5 comments)
Welcome Back To the Smoked-Filled Back Rooms
Nobody wants to admit it, but our political process is rapidly going back to the days when cigar-smoking insiders handpicked the nominees, except this time it's not corrupt political bosses choosing who they want to run for president, it's billionaires like the Koch Brothers.
Saturday, July 25, 2015(8 comments)
Fox So-Called "News" Is "GOP TV" in the 21st Century
Even though the network has long called itself a source of "Fair and Balanced News," the reality is that the network produces content that is anything but fair or balanced. And it's certainly not news. Because much of the content that Fox puts out is propaganda for the Republican party and the billionaires that own the party.