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David Michael Green is a professor of political science at Hofstra University in New York. He is delighted to receive readers' reactions to his articles (firstname.lastname@example.org), but regrets that time constraints do not always allow him to respond. His website is www.regressiveantidote.net.
(13 comments) SHARE Saturday, January 16, 2010 Sarah and the Spiraling Sewer of Regressive Deceit
The revelation this week that Sarah Palin knew absolutely nothing about the world when she was a candidate for the Vice Presidency is only the first of a boatload of regressive lies.
(3 comments) SHARE Thursday, February 26, 2009 America's Two-Party System
After watching both Barack Obama and Bobby Jindal in operation the other night, it becomes increasingly difficult anymore to sustain the notion that there's no difference between America's two political parties.
(2 comments) SHARE Sunday, January 17, 2010 Sarah and the Spiraling Sewer of Regressive Deceit
McCain willingly and knowingly endangered the country, purely for his own personal benefit. This man - who never let up in reminding us all of the vital importance of national security issues - put someone on his ticket who was so obscenely incompetent to run the country that she couldn't even pass a sixth grade history class. He wanted the personal glory of being president, and he thought she could draw votes.
(9 comments) SHARE Saturday, October 23, 2010 The Bush Lie
The project of turning Bush into a great president comes with a few, um, issues associated with it, however. Heck, even just rescuing him from the cesspool of the club of failed presidents requires no small miracle.
(8 comments) SHARE Sunday, January 3, 2010 The Perils of Passivity
It's ludicrous to think of Obama, Reid and Pelosi as some sort of tough guy enforcers. In fact, of course, they're as wimpy as can be. And that's an expensive characteristic indeed.
SHARE Thursday, April 15, 2010 Of Mice And Men
I will miss John Paul Stevens. He's the last of his kind, and the generation which has come after is, ahem, a lot less impressive.
(11 comments) SHARE Wednesday, June 30, 2010 How's That Recessioney, Oily Thing Working Out For Ya?
For thirty years now we've been adopting regressive politics, and now it looks like we're going to do it some more, right in the wake of their spectacular failure. Can 300 million people really be so out of their tree?
(3 comments) SHARE Saturday, December 4, 2010 What WikiLeaks Really Reveal
All the goons on the right are up in arms about WikiLeaks, even though not much has (yet?) been revealed. What they really hate about it is the dreaded accountability.
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, February 21, 2010 This Is Liberalism?
If Barack Obama and the Democratic Party are liberals, I'm the Queen of England. One of the great coups of the regressive movement has been to disappear an entire ideology.
(4 comments) SHARE Sunday, April 10, 2011 And Now, For The Kill
You've got to hand it to the American oligarchy. It's been an incredible 30 year run. Now, with the budget cuts coming, the end it near.
(7 comments) SHARE Monday, August 10, 2009 My 1933 Nightmare
It's not funny anymore. Not that it ever was. Last week's events are all too reminiscent of the beginnings of the darkest chapter in human history.
(5 comments) SHARE Sunday, April 17, 2011 Barack Had A Ball
Me? I'm struggling along like the rest of America. The president? He seems to be having a ball.
(3 comments) SHARE Friday, August 20, 2010 The Tiger Woods of Nations
America is moral, pious and good at getting physical and making money. Just like Tiger Woods. Scratch the surface, though, and below the facade is a whole other story. Just like Tiger Woods.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, June 3, 2009 What's Wrong With Sotomayor Being Racist?
Apart from it being an obscene charge, why in the world would Newt Gingrich or Rush Limbaugh have a problem with Sonia Sotomayor being racist, anyhow? Their entire movement has been racist for decades.
(3 comments) SHARE Sunday, October 31, 2010 Yes, Of Course They're Brownshirts. What The Hell Did You Expect?
The wheels are coming off the wagon in America right now, and it does indeed smell all too much like a Germany-in-the-1930s kinda moment. American politics have been driven to a fever pitch, even though no one is talking about the real problems the country faces.
(15 comments) SHARE Sunday, April 3, 2011 When Pigs Rule
This is not a society being ruined from some outside, uncontrollable force. This is, sadly, a society committing suicide by greed.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, July 17, 2009 Scare-Ya Palin Outdoes Herself
Watching Sarah Palin in action is a scary and astonishing sight. Even more amazing and more frightening is the fact that so many millions of Americans adore her.
(8 comments) SHARE Thursday, September 25, 2008 America's Elephant In The Room
As catastrophe piles upon catastrophe, how can it be that 'conservative' and 'Republican' aren't the dirtiest of words?
(7 comments) SHARE Saturday, November 6, 2010 Of Irony and Implosion
Yet another awful week in the life and near-death of the republic. How many more of these can we stand?
(3 comments) SHARE Saturday, May 1, 2010 Suicide By Regressivism
We have spent the last thirty years dismantling the role of government in society, and the effects have been profound. And profoundly destructive.
(3 comments) SHARE Tuesday, October 18, 2011 We Are Not Your Human Resources
The one percent in this country sees the rest of us--not as equals, or even as human beings--but as commodities put on this earth to serve them, no different from machines or infrastructure, computers or chemicals. To them, we're not human beings entitled to human rights and empathetic respect.
(12 comments) SHARE Saturday, May 9, 2009 Get Obama
Barack Obama looks like he's a real mover and shaker. Closer examination reveals something very different.
(8 comments) SHARE Friday, November 27, 2009 How Dare You Clean Up Our Mess?
It's bad enough the disaster that the regressive right has left for us. Then they have the audacity to criticize those trying to clean it up. Without offering any alternative solutions of their own. Nice.
(5 comments) SHARE Friday, October 15, 2010 The Ricky Ray Rector President
Oh my god. Barack Obama is far further gone than I had ever imagined. His recent interview with the New York Times suggests that he is quite delusional.
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, September 5, 2010 Our Long National Nightmare Isn't Over, It's Just Beginning
History will record - if there are historians left to record it - that this was a moment of monsters, cowards and indolents: those being the right, the supposed left, and the public, respectively. It's the worst of all worlds, and the combination is likely to be catastrophic.
(2 comments) SHARE Sunday, December 5, 2010 What WikiLeaks Really Reveals
The regressives know that the people in a democracy just might not put up with their crimes and their lies, and thus secrecy must be jealously guarded, even if that requires the murder of a truth-teller. That, ultimately is the most substantial revelation that the WikiLeaks documents have so far produced.
(4 comments) SHARE Monday, October 17, 2011 We Are Not Your Human Resources
After endless decades of downsizing and destruction, Occupy Wall Street is a real flickering of hope among the ashes.
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, February 20, 2011 Waking Up In Wisconsin
Is America's long national nightmare finally ending? That's probably too much to dream. Still, I sure like what I'm seeing on the streets of Wisconsin.
(2 comments) SHARE Friday, August 12, 2011 The Grubby Species
Boy, it's hard being an American these days. If you find yourself looking at Washington and thinking there's no one there who's got your back, well that's because there's no one there who's got your back.
(3 comments) SHARE Wednesday, September 21, 2011 All The Bad News Fit To Print
t's all coming apart at the seams, folks, and the headlines scream out the evidence. But where's the surprise in that? That's what was supposed to happen.
(2 comments) SHARE Sunday, February 6, 2011 Walk Like An Egyptian
The courage of the Egyptian street is as admirable as it is embarrassing for the United States, land of the neocons, and home of Obama.
(3 comments) SHARE Saturday, February 13, 2010 Lead, Follow, Or Get Out Of The Way
The dysfunctionality of American politics is widespread, and includes the public, the opposition party, the media and more. But we also suffer from a shameful lack of leadership.
(6 comments) SHARE Friday, April 17, 2009 Home of the Barricaded, Land of the 'Fraid
The cost of America's military is astonishing, but far more than people realize. In order to pay twice what the rest of the world combined pays for our bloated military, we have become second rate in so many other ways.
(4 comments) SHARE Sunday, January 2, 2011 Happy New Year, 2030
It's a brave new world, people. Get ready for all the great things the plutocracy has planned for us!
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, October 16, 2010 The Ricky Ray Rector President
This guy managed to get through the last two decades without noticing just what the vicious thugs of the Republican Party are entirely capable of. This guy lived through the last two years of his own sinking presidency without noticing what these sick freaks have already been doing to him personally at every juncture.
(5 comments) SHARE Sunday, January 16, 2011 Christina Green's Civics Lesson
Forget about Sarah Palin's recent idiocies. The murders in Tucson are driven by a far more profoundly disturbing logic, one that pervades American politics.
(2 comments) SHARE Wednesday, February 22, 2012 Jesus Christ, America: Get Control of Your Womenfolk Already, Would Ya?
I don't know about you, but I've certainly found the rising autonomy and equality of women this last century to be troubling in the extreme. It's clearly been wrecking American society. Fortunately, somebody is finally doing something about it, and not a moment too soon, either. Indeed, there's been quite a spate of good news lately for misogynists everywhere. Read all about it here.
(3 comments) SHARE Sunday, April 1, 2012 A Very Sick Country
America's ill health runs a lot deeper than our broken health care system.
(3 comments) SHARE Friday, October 22, 2010 The Bush Lie
Trying to resurrect George W. Bush and turn him into a great historical figure is a heckuva project. But, then, this is America.
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, September 25, 2010 The Dismantling of Civilized Society
Looking at the landscape in front of them as it appears to voters' blinkered vision, it makes perfect sense to desperately swing to the party not in government when the house is on fire and the party in government is showing up with squirt guns.
(8 comments) SHARE Saturday, October 2, 2010 Bucking Up For Barry
The president was right when he said that his administration was the "most successful in a generation in moving progressive agendas forward." Of course, he didn't mention that the presidents of the last generation were Reagan, Daddy Bush, Clinton and Baby Bush.
SHARE Saturday, February 6, 2010 Just Gimme Some Truth
Watching Obama in action this last week raised the tantalizing question of what would it be like if we actually had a political class whospoke the truth? What a concept, eh?
(4 comments) SHARE Monday, November 3, 2008 John McCain Finally Gets Tough
All these months, John McCain's campaign has been a model of cleanliness. Now, finally, he is hitting hard.
(4 comments) SHARE Thursday, March 19, 2009 Barack Obama and the Altar of Greed
I don't know if Obama realizes it or not, but he is risking his entire presidency in order to make sure a handful of greedy thieves rip off the American taxpayer even more than they already have. Really, really dumb move.
(2 comments) SHARE Friday, December 4, 2009 Present At The Destruction
Watching Barack Obama talk about Afghanistan the other night was like watching The Last Emperor. We've all seen the movie, and it doesn't end well.
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, August 29, 2009 Who Won The Ideology Wars?
For perhaps two centuries now, Western politics have been characterized by the struggle between left and right. With the death of Teddy Kennedy, this is a good time to assess where we are.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, July 1, 2010 How's That Recessioney, Oily Thing Working Out For Ya?
Clearly, the political branches of the US government have been fully captured by monied elites. Perhaps scariest of all, however, is the newly emboldened ultra-radical majority on the Supreme Court. And, Democrats wouldn't know what guts looked like if they were all board-certified gastrointestinal surgeons.
(2 comments) SHARE Saturday, July 31, 2010 Embarrassica The Mutilated
There seems to be no bottom to the well of corporate greed in America. It is killing us. They are killing us.
(2 comments) SHARE Sunday, January 30, 2011 The Pseudo-State of the Pretend Union
I don't know what planet Barack Obama lives on, but mine's called Earth. Watching his state of the union speech suggests that things are much better in his universe than ours.
(6 comments) SHARE Thursday, June 17, 2010 Present Obama Doesn't Strike Again
I really didn't want another piece on Obama's failures this week. Watching his speech on the Gulf crisis was really nauseating, though.
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, September 18, 2010 Tea With Frankenstein: Please, No Masturbation
Democrats are the very reason for the tea party, this latest episode of American idiocy. Had the party done something with the grand historic opportunity handed to them two years ago, none of this would be happening.
(3 comments) SHARE Friday, October 23, 2009 Paranoia For Breakfast
The regressive right in America has now truly flipped out completely. When they can't find something real to object to, they simply make it up out of whole cloth.
(2 comments) SHARE Friday, July 23, 2010 Our Impoverished Politics
It ain't like it used to be, that's for sure. This country once had ambition and legitimate bragging rights, with political rhetoric to match. Not any more.
(3 comments) SHARE Sunday, August 23, 2009 My Country, Misery
No, it's not just your imagination. American politics are not what they once were, and we're the lesser for it.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, November 5, 2009 Can You Hear Us Now?
Maybe, if we're lucky, the election results this week will wake up the Obama administration a little. People are frustrated, and want some action.
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, September 11, 2010 "I Have A Dream" 2010 Version
So Obama is just now figuring out that the country needs an infrastructure bill and another stimulus. He's right on top of things. Just not the things that matter.
(2 comments) SHARE Friday, October 10, 2008 This Just In: Greed Is Not Good
Underlying the current financial crisis is more than just a lack of regulation. This is rooted in the bankruptcy of America's moral code.
(3 comments) SHARE Sunday, April 24, 2011 Trump Beats All
Donald Trump now tops GOP presidential polls. What does that say about America?
(3 comments) SHARE Thursday, April 23, 2009 Of Tea Parties and Teleprompters
Could regressives possibly be any more buffoonish than they are? Stay tuned next week. And the next... And the next...
SHARE Friday, June 4, 2010 What Lethal Arrogance Looks Like
Although some of Israel's behavior is understandable based on its history, this week's events in the Mediterranean were nonetheless horrifying.
(2 comments) SHARE Friday, May 7, 2010 The Age Of Ennui
Like the Brits who aren't quite sure what they voted for this week, Americans and others are stuck right now, wanting everything and nothing all at once.
(7 comments) SHARE Wednesday, July 22, 2009 Kill The Supreme Court
Now that the snoozefest of the Sotomayor 'hearings' is over, it's worth thinking about what's wrong with the process, and what's wrong with the Court as well.
(2 comments) SHARE Thursday, January 1, 2009 More Jefferson, Less Rove
As the New Year rolls in, some thoughts about a positive agenda for an equally renewed country.
(2 comments) SHARE Saturday, February 27, 2010 Bipartisan Is Just Another Word For Nothing Left To Win
Bipartisanship is all the rage now. It's a bad idea today, because it's little more than code for doing nothing but maintaining a status quo that favors elites. But it's even a bad idea in general, since it undermines democracy.
(3 comments) SHARE Friday, October 9, 2009 Barry In The Bush With Smiles
Barack Obama's presidency is careening out of control, and that's on a good day. Most of the time it looks a lot like Bush's third term. That's neither change nor something to believe in.
SHARE Monday, December 27, 2010 Learning From Lame Ducks
These clowns continually leave themselves wide open for withering attack, just as they did by opposing unemployment extensions for 'lazy' laid-off workers, or by opposing the pittance cost to provide health care for 9/11 first-responders, all based on the claim that we can't afford the spending, even though we absolutely must give massive tax cuts to billionaires.
(3 comments) SHARE Friday, March 12, 2010 The Complete Idiot's Guide To Governing
Running a successful American government is actually not that hard to figure out how to do. There are lots of models for it. Obama and the Democrats should try it out.
(2 comments) SHARE Monday, July 9, 2012 It's Just Parchment, Get Over It
We don't have to follow the Constitution every time we make a policy decision (or worse, pretend that we are). We could instead do what the Founders did: Think for ourselves.
SHARE Tuesday, July 28, 2009 The Great Miscommunicator
One of the greatest surprises about Barack Obama is that he turns out to be a pretty lousy communicator. Whodathunk that?
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, March 23, 2006 We Were Right, They Were Wrong
GOP Neanderthals in Congress keep waking up screaming from the same recurrent nightmare, in which theyre drowning under a flood of pink slips, all blissfully signed by a cross-eyed and drooling George W. Bush in the foreground against some Daliesque tableau of melting clocks and angry headless voters menacingly marching in their direction, knives and forks in hand.
SHARE Saturday, August 28, 2010 Our Bloody Valentine
I always thought it was as foolish and deceitful to claim victory in 2008 as it had been in 2003. And this is probably precisely what we're witnessing now, as political violence is once again ramping up in Iraq. we may have to 'win' the war yet a fourth time before we actually get out of there.
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, October 25, 2008 Remind Me Again - Who Won The Cold War?
After the Cold War, I thought socialism was supposed to be dead and capitalism all the rage. Recent events have left me rather... um, confused.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, December 20, 2007 Everything I Need to Know About the Regressive Right I Learned in Junior High
I don't know about you, but I thought once around through junior high was enough. I've never been particularly anxious to relive the experience.
Hey, we don't even allow freaked-out, immature, mood-swinging, devil-incarnate, little junior high brats to get behind the wheel of a car, let alone drive a country. And for good reason. You know?
So who the hell handed these terminal adolescents keys to the ship of
SHARE Thursday, August 21, 2008 John McCain Discovers America
John McCain has figured out that Americans are worse off than they were four years ago. Wow! Who knows what else he might discover!
SHARE Thursday, February 21, 2008 Love, American Style
Americans, it turns out, are a little bit more warlike than they prefer to imagine.
SHARE Thursday, January 15, 2009 So, How'd You Like Your Beer?
Can it really be over? Yes, I think so? Can we ever make sense of what happened? That's gonna be difficult. Here's one take on understanding the Bush years.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, July 9, 2010 Growing Up Globally
Global problems demand global solutions. We have the problems, but definitely not the solutions yet. That's a problem that could well be catastrophic.
(2 comments) SHARE Friday, April 6, 2007 You Can Smell It.
The president's fellow bottom-dwellers of the right who helped create this disaster have been slow enough to disassociate themselves from Bush and his war that it is now taking out the entire movement and the party which represents that movement.
Regressive conservatism, the GOP, and the political opportunists who represent both are dead. You can smell it.
SHARE Thursday, March 27, 2008 The Swiftboating of Barack Obama
Barack Obama's honesty and intelligence in his speech on race is the best thing to happen in American politics in a long time. And the biggest threat possible to the regressive right.
(2 comments) SHARE Thursday, September 10, 2009 Obama Tries On The Uniform
Barack Obama looked a little tougher in his speech last night, but it is more than too little too late. He is fundamentally avoiding fundamentals.
(2 comments) SHARE Sunday, December 7, 2008 The Other Foot
What if progressives treated regressives the same way we've been treated this last decade?
SHARE Sunday, July 11, 2010 Growing Up Globally
However disappointing the partial development of a world government might be at this time, it would in fact be more than helpful if one could be created purely for purposes of dealing with the most pressing global issues of our time, including environmental crises and war.
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, July 18, 2010 Why The Presidency Matters, And Why It's Okay To Believe So
Let me be blunt. Strong and successful presidents (meaning those who get what they want - whether that happens to be good for the country or not) do not accept "the best deal on the table." They take out their carpentry tools and the build the piece of furniture themselves. There is no other soapbox in the country - or even the world - that comes close to the power of the White House bully pulpit.
SHARE Monday, January 24, 2011 Civility? Whatever. Capitulation? No Thanks.
It's well past time to be blunt about our situation. Indeed, we cannot even hope to ameliorate it if we cannot even begin by labeling it. The truth is that there are economic predators out there seeking to take what we have so that they can live ever wealthier lives while ours are short, nasty and brutish because of their institutionalized and legalized theft.
SHARE Thursday, January 22, 2009 What Was Said, And What Was Not
Barack Obama is off to a very fine start in only a few days in office. Just the same, I think the inauguration speech could have been stronger, and in a way that really matters in the long run.