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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 (email@example.com), but regrets that time constraints do not always allow him to respond. His website is www.regressiveantidote.net.
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.
Sunday, January 17, 2010(2 comments)
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.
Sunday, January 3, 2010(8 comments)
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.
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.
Wednesday, June 30, 2010(11 comments)
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?
Saturday, October 23, 2010(9 comments)
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.
Saturday, December 4, 2010(3 comments)
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.
Sunday, February 21, 2010(1 comments)
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.
Sunday, April 10, 2011(4 comments)
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.
Friday, September 4, 2009(4 comments)
Very likely, the Obama administration is over already. But the post-Obama future looks even more bleak.
Monday, August 10, 2009(7 comments)
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.
Barack Had A Ball
Me? I'm struggling along like the rest of America. The president? He seems to be having a ball.
Friday, August 20, 2010(3 comments)
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.
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.
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.
Friday, July 17, 2009(1 comments)
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.
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?
Saturday, November 6, 2010(7 comments)
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?
Saturday, May 9, 2009(12 comments)
Barack Obama looks like he's a real mover and shaker. Closer examination reveals something very different.
Saturday, May 1, 2010(3 comments)
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.
Friday, November 27, 2009(8 comments)
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sunday, February 13, 2011(5 comments)
Young people in Egypt have risen up to overthrow a ruthless kleptocracy. When will Americans do the same?
Sunday, February 20, 2011(1 comments)
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.
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.
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.
Saturday, February 13, 2010(3 comments)
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.
Sunday, February 6, 2011(2 comments)
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.
Friday, April 17, 2009(6 comments)
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.
Sunday, January 2, 2011(4 comments)
Happy New Year, 2030
It's a brave new world, people. Get ready for all the great things the plutocracy has planned for us!
Saturday, October 16, 2010(1 comments)
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.
Sunday, January 16, 2011(5 comments)
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.
Friday, October 22, 2010(3 comments)
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.
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.
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.
Saturday, October 2, 2010(8 comments)
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.
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?
Wednesday, February 22, 2012(2 comments)
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.
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.
Saturday, August 29, 2009(1 comments)
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.
Thursday, June 17, 2010(6 comments)
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.
Sunday, January 30, 2011(2 comments)
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.
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.
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.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009(7 comments)
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.
The Rhetorical President
Barack Obama is disappointing on many fronts, but not rhetorically. That alone could be worth more than progressives realize.
Saturday, February 27, 2010(2 comments)
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.
Sunday, January 9, 2011
All The News That Isn't
Lots of big news this last week or two. If, that is, you haven't been paying much attention this last generation or two.
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.
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.
Thursday, March 23, 2006(1 comments)
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.
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.
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
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!
Love, American Style
Americans, it turns out, are a little bit more warlike than they prefer to imagine.
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.
Monday, July 9, 2012(2 comments)
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.
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.
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.
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.
Thursday, September 10, 2009(2 comments)
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.
The Other Foot
What if progressives treated regressives the same way we've been treated this last decade?
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.
Sunday, July 18, 2010(1 comments)
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.
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.
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.