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Tom Degan is a former Green Party candidate for New York State Senate. He writes on a blogsite called, The Rant by Tom Degan. He is the recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom.....Okay, he didn't really receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom. But he did get a ribbon of sorts when he was in the Cub Scouts.
(5 comments) SHARE Monday, December 8, 2008 John Lennon
The passage of twenty-eight years does little to alleviate the sense of shock and horror that we felt on that awful night, Monday, December 8, 1980.
(15 comments) SHARE Saturday, October 11, 2008 Crazy White People
Four centuries of struggle and hardship for our African American brothers and sisters have led to this moment. Barack Obama is not an historical accident - he is an historic inevitability. But, there is the malignant cancer of racism which affects the American body politic that Camp McCain is willing and eager to exploit. My message to my fellow honkies who may have trepidations at the thought of an Obama administration...
(7 comments) SHARE Friday, April 20, 2012 Ted Nugent: Rock's Village Idiot
"I'll tell you this right now: If Barack Obama becomes the president in November, again, I will either be dead or in jail by this time next year."
- Ted Nugent
But seriously, folks....
(6 comments) SHARE Thursday, December 8, 2011 PROOF: Corporations are Not People
Corporations are "people"?
"That we here highly resolve that this nation shall have a new birth of freedom. And that government - of the corporations - by the corporations - for the corporations - shall not perish from the earth."
(5 comments) SHARE Wednesday, August 24, 2011 TAX THE POOR!
The right wing has a dandy new idea for bringing in some desperately needed revenue. Tax the rich? NAH! That would be too easy! Just take it from those who are barely getting by. As Jack Parr used to say, "I kid you not.
(6 comments) SHARE Wednesday, November 16, 2011 Thane Plowman: Giving Despair a Human Face
Thane Plowman was just one victim of the plutocracy's rape of the American economy. On October 27, 2011, he ended his life. Just one victim, one of countless millions.
(4 comments) SHARE Wednesday, March 25, 2009 Stupid, Stupid Democrats
You would think that now that the "party of FDR is back in power they would start to show some long overdue political courage, huh? Think again.
(2 comments) SHARE Saturday, April 23, 2011 Celebrating Ernie Kovacs
Before Ernie Kovacs came along, television was nothing more than wires and lights in a box.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, February 24, 2011 "So THIS Is America???
Ray McGovern is an American hero. What happened to him last week at George Washington University is inexcusable.
SHARE Tuesday, November 15, 2011 Occupying Wall Street for Beginners
This is a revolution that is inspired and nurtured by love - love of country, and a boundless compassion for the suffering of humanity. On November 12, 2011, John Harragin and Tom Degan saw it with their very eyes. Come down to Zuccotti Park and see for yourselves!
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, March 18, 2009 Jackals and Jackasses
The right wing is imploding. At the moment they are experiencing a mass nervous breakdown that I hope will ultimately prove fatal. Isn't that wonderful?
(11 comments) SHARE Saturday, February 12, 2011 Stand up for the Prez
In a second term, Obama might very well kick out the jams and become the progressive Superman we all thought he was capable of being. Of course this will only happen if his party takes back both houses of congress. Otherwise all that he will be able to do in his final term will be to keep the right-wing tide at bay. That's why it is so important that the base re-energizes itself in the coming year.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, March 10, 2011 PBS Changed Our Lives
We need PBS like we need oxygen. It is one of the few things left that is good about American media. Don't throw it away.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, June 13, 2011 Clash of the Half Wits
Tonight on CNN you can see the first GOP debate of the 2012 campaign. I can't wait. This oughtta be a scream!
SHARE Friday, March 18, 2011 Newt the Hoot
Newt Gingrich wants to be President of the United States - and I don't feel too good myself.
(2 comments) SHARE Friday, November 14, 2008 The GOP's Spiral into Irrelevance
The Grand Old Party started out with so much promise. What the hell happened to it? Where did it go astray? How did it manage to devolve into its sorry, present day state?
How does any political party go from the mountaintop heights of Abraham Lincoln to Death Valley of George W. Bush?
(3 comments) SHARE Wednesday, October 8, 2008 Character and Distractions
McCain and Unable will never be able to win this election on the merits of their ideas. Why? Because their ideas suck! What to do? Go into the gutter, baby! Insane McCain and Gidget have no other choice. They have to change the subject. The "lipstick on a pig" controversy backfired on them so they decided to change the subject to the topic of Barack Obama's character. Let's look at THEIR character.
SHARE Thursday, March 29, 2012 Beatlemania 2012
Beatlemania is alive and well in 2012. Just ask seventeen-year-old Brian Sager of Goshen, New York.
(8 comments) SHARE Sunday, February 26, 2012 The FDR Library Revisiter
Whenever I get to feeling depressed about America I take a trip to the Franklin D. Roosevelt Library in Hyde Park, NY. I went again two weeks ago. Here's my report. Happy reading all of you OpEdNewsers!
(2 comments) SHARE Wednesday, March 11, 2009 Weekend at Franklin's
This past weekend, me and my old pal Dan O'Brien, journeyed to the Franklin D. Roosevelt Library and Museum in Hyde Park, NY. That got me to thinking....
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, September 26, 2011 Privatize Me!
If the right wing has its way, the word "Public" will no longer be a part of our national vocabulary.
(2 comments) SHARE Monday, September 19, 2011 Die! Die! Die!
At least Marie Antoinette wanted to let the starving masses to eat cake. Today's right wing wants the poor buggers to die.
SHARE Wednesday, April 29, 2009 Senator Bye
Arlen Specter's departure yesterday from the "party of Lincoln" is but a drop of water in the tsunami.
(3 comments) SHARE Sunday, January 18, 2009 Georgie in La La Land
Did You see the First Fool's "Good Riddance Address" to the nation? I need a drink!
(7 comments) SHARE Thursday, January 22, 2009 Cock-a-Doodle-Doo, America!
Everything has changed - well, almost everything. January 20, 2009 was a milestone day in American history. We'll never be the same again. That is a good thing.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, May 7, 2009 The G.O.Pizza Party
The Republican's pathetic attempt to reclaim the national stage is beyond humorous - it's screamingly funny! This is REALLY the gift that keeps giving and giving, don'cha think???
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, August 28, 2011 Waiting for Irene
Irene is no lady. In fact she promises to be a real humdinger!
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, April 25, 2009 Coddlin' Them Dictators
Did you see Obama last week in Trinidad? He was actually civil to Hugo Chavez! WE'RE DOOMED!
SHARE Sunday, August 7, 2011 Useless. Useless.
The problem with the Republicans is that they have forgotten that they are the party of Roosevelt - Theodore.
The problem with the Democrats is that they have forgotten that they are the party of Roosevelt - Franklin.
Well now, that sums it up rather nicely, does it not?
SHARE Friday, August 19, 2011 Here Comes Mr. Rick!
WANTED FOR PRESIDENT:
ANOTHER HALF-WITTED RERACTIONARY FROM THE TEXAS GOVERNOR'S MANSION.
What a neat idea!
(2 comments) SHARE Thursday, November 27, 2008 No Ordinary Team of Rivals
Barack Obama would do himself a big favor by reading Goodwin's other book, No Ordinary Time. The phrase that keeps popping up about FDR is, "Action, NOW." Some of the action he and his Brain Trust took was bold and experimental. Some of it was unsuccessful. But he saved this country by "tempering the excesses" of capitalism, now bowing to them.
SHARE Thursday, November 11, 2010 Obama Can Learn from Roosevelt
Once upon a time there lived a president who was not afraid to fight the plutocracy. Franklin D. Roosevelt is dead and he's not coming back.
(8 comments) SHARE Tuesday, March 31, 2009 Lethal Nation
The situation along the Mexican American border is damned near at the point of no return - and it is America's mind-numbingly stupid gun laws that are fueling the fire.
(3 comments) SHARE Wednesday, February 25, 2009 Give 'em Hell, Barry!
The rhetoric of President Obama last evening is what Americans have been desperate for for generations.