(7 comments) SHARE Sunday, March 8, 2020 The Political Assassination of Bernie Sanders
Joe Biden's candidacy had the same purpose as Michael Bloomberg's: they were designed, planned, and promoted to derail the most popular and most trusted candidate in America, Bernie Sanders. No, it was not a fair fight, not even close.
(3 comments) SHARE Tuesday, June 3, 2014 The Betrayal of Cecily McMillan
If Cecily McMillan can be convicted by 12 New Yorkers of assaulting a police officer based on the evidence presented at her trial, then anyone can be convicted of anything, anywhere regardless of the facts. Congratulations to the New American Security State. The jury itself is now an efficient tool of political oppression. McMillan stood on principle, and put her faith in American justice and a jury. That was a big mistake.
SHARE Monday, February 10, 2014 Are the Oak Ridge Defendants Obama's p*ssy Riot?
The Obama administration appears more intent on "Silencing the Whistle-Blowers" than any White House in history. The prosecutions are often novel or even unprecedented, the type that American judges and juries have historically eyed with substantial suspicion. However, in the current climate of mass media-driven fear, American juries ask no questions.
(17 comments) SHARE Sunday, December 3, 2017 What Leeann Tweeden Did Not Say
Tweeden worked for Playboy, Hooters Restaurants, Frederick's of Hollywood, and Fox Broadcasting. Yes, there is a common thread. These organizations are all patently, demonstrably exploitive of women and women's sexuality. Fox Broadcasting has arguably the worst reputation of all, with scores of accusations of workplace sexual harassment it has had to negotiate in recent years. So, Why Al Franken, why now?
SHARE Tuesday, August 5, 2014 Tortured Folks
Anyone with the courage to want to know has known for over a decade that the U.S., particularly under the administration of George W. Bush, was engaged in a widespread, multinational, highly coordinated campaign of illegal detentions, kidnappings, abuses, and calculated acts of unspeakable torture and murder.
SHARE Wednesday, November 5, 2014 Plutocrats Win Control of Congress
Since the DNC had a decent budget and overall better candidates, you have to take a look at their game plan. Sure, white fear of a black president had something to do their losses, but you really have to wonder if the Democratic message was clear and strong enough.
(3 comments) SHARE Monday, June 1, 2015 TPP: The Case for Treason
The TPP seeks to directly subjugate and invalidate American law, granting to multinational investors and to the agreement itself and its dispute resolution process ultimate authority, literally, over American home rule. All while American service members fight and die to protect the interests of whoever the investors are.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, April 8, 2015 Bullwhips Crackin' in Northern California
The tradition of violent racists infiltrating American police agencies has a rich history. While 20th century southern law enforcement agencies attracted the most attention for harboring racist elements, racist and homophobic individuals are deeply embedded in law enforcement throughout the U.S. to this day.
SHARE Friday, April 5, 2019 Team Mueller Fires a Warning Shot
Attorney General Barr's preemptive public relations strike appears to have failed, and the truth is starting to assert itself. If Barr continues his efforts to keep the grist of the Mueller investigation out of public view, team Mueller is well positioned to push back. They seem willing.
(13 comments) SHARE Thursday, November 8, 2012 Californians, So Easily Intimidated
What a field day for Monsanto -- come to California and intimidate voters into doing exactly what they are told to do. Amazing, great job by the world's most ruthless corporations.
(6 comments) SHARE Monday, April 21, 2014 Cliven Bundy and Homeland Security
White, NRA-inspired militias are as strong as ever in the US. It is their common belief that their guns stand between their way of life and a federal government intent on intruding. More than a few would welcome armed conflict. The NRA skillfully plays on and amplifies their fears, cashing in on wave after wave of arms and ammunition sales.
(3 comments) SHARE Saturday, January 4, 2020 A US-Iranian War -- What Does Putin Want?
The Iranians will not stand for the killing of Qassem Soleimani. They absolutely will retaliate. People are going to die. How they react, what kind of operation they undertake will be key to the scope of the escalation.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, August 20, 2014 Where Were the Soldier-Cops at Bundy Ranch?
Nothing could better illustrate the reality of anti-African-American bias in America today than the stark contrast between what happened at the Bundy Ranch in Nevada and what is happening in Ferguson, Missouri. The response to those two events is a portal to the soul of a nation that still belongs to Jim Crow.
(6 comments) SHARE Friday, January 31, 2014 Amanda Knox and the Wages of American Imperialism
To say that because a speck of Knox's DNA may have been present -- on a knife, or a bra clasp, in the apartment in which she resided -- is absurd on its face and constitutes no evidence of anything. But while there is little chance that Amanda Knox is guilty of murdering anyone, she is in fact guilty of two very important things: being an inconveniently pretty young woman and being an American abroad in the Bush era.
(9 comments) SHARE Friday, December 21, 2012 Nancy Lanza Was an NRA Pawn
Arms dealing in America only differs from drug dealing in three significant ways: it's more profitable, more lethal and it's legal. Guns, like crack cocaine, enter communities and have the same if not more destructive effect. There was no good reason that Nancy Lanza needed military-grade firearms in her home. She was taken in by NRA hype. Now, as in the aftermath of every mass killing, gun sales are soaring, profits spiking.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, September 2, 2013 Commercial News Beats the War Drum
We have a corporate press -- beholden to large multi-national corporations that stand to reap enormous profit from the proposed military campaign -- busy selling to the American people the notion that yet another military campaign is justified. Creating a groundswell of support for the president, and pressure on a Congress just as beholden to the very same corporations as the media giants are.
(8 comments) SHARE Tuesday, April 10, 2018 This Is Going to Get Very Ugly, Very Quickly
When Trump is absolutely certain Mueller will win, he will do what Nixon was forced to do when his moment came. He will cynically use the powers of the presidency to save himself. At that moment a very real and immediate constitutional crisis is inevitable. It is highly unlikely that Donald Trump will relinquish power in an orderly way.
(5 comments) SHARE Thursday, September 14, 2017 The Democrats Should Bet on Sanders, Not Trump
Sanders wants change; the Democrats fear it. Like it or not, change is coming. Sanders will challenge the Democratic Party, but he will also surely lift the party and set it on a course to majority representation. The Democrats must seize the day.
(3 comments) SHARE Sunday, August 2, 2015 Lay Cecil the Lion to Rest on the White House Lawn
Poor environmental policy is a massive economic burden on the American taxpayer. In terms of contamination cleanup, health-care costs, impact on local economies, you name it, America pays dearly for poor environmental policy. So why does it continue? The wealthy campaign donors and their lobbyists run the game in the nation's capitol, and we live with the consequences.
(5 comments) SHARE Sunday, January 22, 2012 Judging Obama
While Obama clearly does not bring the fire or oratory of an FDR or a Dr. King, and he does not win every battle, he appears to be pointed in the right direction and he is determined.
(5 comments) SHARE Thursday, May 7, 2015 Loretta Lynch Has an Immediate Conflict of Interest in Baltimore
Attorney General Loretta Lynch reportedly wants greater cooperation between the Department of Justice and American police departments and plans meetings with a number of agencies this summer to enhance cooperation and foster good will. If Baltimore is to be the first test of her strategy, it highlights the conflicts that can arise when an attorney general mixes political objectives with law enforcement.
(6 comments) SHARE Tuesday, April 28, 2015 Baltimore Explained
There is an epidemic of lethal police violence in America today. The states and local authorities are either unable or unwilling to stop the killing. Traditionally federal authority, the Department of Justice for the most part, has stepped in to defend civil rights. But now repression is easier and more politically convenient than reform. But reform is the only thing that can bring peace and justice.
SHARE Sunday, April 19, 2015 Dear Hillary - Part I: Was Netanyahu Lying Before or After the Election?
Twice in the past eight years the Israeli military, under Netanyahu's leadership, has used sophisticated U.S.-supplied warplanes and bombs to level large swaths of densely populated Gaza. The civilian death and destruction that followed were catastrophic. There was no military rationale. The bombing campaigns were collective punishment for Hamas's continued resistance to Israeli abuses.
(8 comments) SHARE Monday, August 8, 2016 Bernie Sanders, US Opposition Leader
The same groups that met to support Bernie for president are a perfect vehicle to organize formal opposition on Capitol Hill. The infrastructure is in place. If the anger is focused and directed it can be a powerful force for good. Make the message clear to the elected officials in your state and in your district: "We need a formal opposition in Washington and Bernie Sanders is the man to lead it."
(2 comments) SHARE Friday, February 23, 2018 F*ck Wayne LaPierre
My heroes are the young people who survived the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, and all the students across the country who are mobilizing in solidarity with their brave struggle. They are young and strong -- that gives them a chance to effect change. We must stand with them.
(3 comments) SHARE Sunday, March 10, 2019 Socialism? Let's Cut to the Chase
You are going to be hearing a lot about 'Bernie Sanders, the Radical Socialist' in the coming months. So before that bandwagon rolls off down the great American highway let's pin a little truth to its tail.
(2 comments) SHARE Sunday, February 17, 2013 The War Christopher Dorner Brought Home
Christopher Dorner's now hyper-analyzed manifesto makes perpetual use of military terminology. everyone who lives through that horror is changed by it and they bring it home with them. PTSD affects people in different ways. The level of violence Christopher Dorner displayed was highly unusual for a U.S. civilian environment, but he was certainly not the first veteran to act out violently after returning from war.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, April 13, 2015 What We Learned From Michael Slager
The time has come for a major national push for body cameras -- on all police personnel. With routine public access to the recordings. This will have many beneficial effects in terms of safety for suspects, and police officers. It will also provide an opportunity for the public to understand how police encounters take place.
(9 comments) SHARE Monday, August 20, 2012 A Few Words About Joe Paterno
Joe Paterno was a rare individual. In his 61 years at Penn State he built what a mountain of money never could have -- a vibrant, vital institution, that was as respected and loved as JoePa himself.
(12 comments) SHARE Tuesday, November 28, 2017 Top 5 Reasons Hillary Clinton Isn't POTUS
Say what you want about Hillary Clinton -- love her, hate her, or apply any other emotion you like -- she won the presidential popular election by three million votes. In a real democracy that means she wins. Open and shut. Hillary Clinton, based on the votes cast by the American people on November 8, 2016, should be President of the United States.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, January 15, 2014 Thank You Dennis Rodman
By continuing to keep North Korea isolated we maintain a military foothold in Asia, but we also invite the instability we often cite as the rationale for continuing the very same conflict. It is time to re-engage North Korea and allow a pathway to Korean reunification. The world would undoubtedly be safer for it.
SHARE Wednesday, October 10, 2012 Corporate Media Gets Behind Romney, Big Time
Part of the problem with the influence of money in elections is that all players in the game are affected by it, the corporate media included. Presidential elections are big money. Ratings, readership and advertising rates all soar, particularly when the game is close in the fourth quarter. But not if it's a blowout.
(2 comments) SHARE Saturday, October 29, 2011 Remember What They Did In Oakland
Like all revolutionary political movements the Occupy Movement is a spontaneous eruption. It was not scripted or planned in advance. It is rather, the stifled voice of the oppressed, silent no more. Obama, during his campaign for the US presidency, promised that his time in office would mark a time of "change." It's a promise that may yet be fulfilled, whether he likes it or not.
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, December 28, 2014 Bill de Blasio: Victim of NYPD Abuse
What is really behind the well planned attacks on de Blasio and the long standing resistance to change within the department is a desire on the part of the NYPD old guard to maintain their power structure. The well choreographed insult to de Blasio at the funeral of Officer Rafael Ramos was not only an insult to the mayor, but to the dignity of the people of the city of New York.
(4 comments) SHARE Friday, November 14, 2014 Mary Landrieu v. Planet Earth
Somehow, some Democrats have concluded that the best way to save Mary Landrieu's Senate seat is to embrace the Keystone Pipeline. It's a notion that is so mind-boggling on so many levels that the sheer enormity of the folly, in a perverse way, makes it difficult to grasp.
(10 comments) SHARE Thursday, March 5, 2020 Why Is Joe Biden Even Still in This Race?
The ultimate political retread, a guy on his third run for the Democratic nomination after the first two failed decades ago, is leading the race for the Democratic presidential nomination on the backs of African American voters, mostly in former slave-states 20 years into the twenty-first century. How can this be?
(3 comments) SHARE Sunday, February 2, 2020 An Acquittal of Donald Trump Is By No Means a Certainty
A question is often asked of Senate pundits: How many Republican senators would vote to convict Donald Trump if it were a secret vote? The answer is, invariably, more than enough to remove him from office.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, May 27, 2011 Post bin Laden America
We are now an America that rationalizes and debates the merits of torture. From the talk shows to the floor of congress -- that, which for 150 years has been unspeakable conduct for an American government, now has openly shameless defenders. It's Osama's America now.
(34 comments) SHARE Wednesday, October 26, 2016 Jill Stein?
Sanders, a well noted Socialist running within the Democratic Party structure and vowing not to go rogue with an independent campaign should he fail to gain the Democratic nomination, garnered more progressive Democratic support than all Green Party presidential candidates combined. He did it and is still doing it without demonizing anyone.
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, June 9, 2013 Our Media Access Action in the Manning Case
What makes media access so central to the Manning case is that -- at its core -- the Manning case itself is a media access case. What Julian Assange did and what Bradley Manning is accused of doing is to bring evidence of war crimes into the light of day. That is the type of journalism the US is literally dying for. It is oxygen for a democracy on life support.
(3 comments) SHARE Saturday, June 20, 2020 Biden Endorsement on Hold
The draconian steps to which the Democratic Party and their major media benefactors went to defeat the Sanders campaign raise deep fundamental, political, social, and constitutional concerns.
SHARE Sunday, November 24, 2019 Reload
It is quite likely the American people will respect the efforts of Congressional Democrats even more if the Democrats stand on principle rather than allowing polling numbers to dictate their strategy.
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, September 26, 2010 Mr. President: Welcome Their Hatred
Your record for achievement in the White House is, frankly, not bad; in fact better by far than you are given credit for. Healthcare reform alone, however modest, was an historic accomplishment, you have won a Nobel Peace Prize, engineered the badly needed stimulus package, and quite a bit more. You have been productive.
SHARE Wednesday, October 4, 2017 Scott Galindez, Peace Activist, Teacher, Dead at 52
Scott's final issue before his death was single payer healthcare. Healthcare for every American. On par with all economically developed countries in the world. Scott did not live to see it in his lifetime. But what he did see was that the potential is real. As our colleague, friend, and contributor Bill Simpich said, "Scott, Rest in Power."
SHARE Sunday, December 21, 2014 Stop the Killing
If the public sees the police as adversarial -- and to an unprecedented extent they do -- then that absolutely affects officer safety. When the justice system refuses to hold the police criminally accountable that does not make police safer. To the contrary, it places police officers in greater danger.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, November 10, 2014 Obama and the (Disenchanted) Base
It became apparent early in Obama's tenure that "change" had still not come. While Obama campaigned on on a promise to challenge the status quo, his actions portrayed a man desperately seeking compromise, and thus his presidency is viewed -- by his supporters -- as compromised.
(4 comments) SHARE Sunday, July 30, 2017 A Jury in Minneapolis Has Blood on Its Hands
When juries ignore evidence because the defendant is a police officer, the killing accelerates. As that happens, communities become far more dangerous for residents and law enforcement personnel alike. It's time for American juries to stop being extensions of the police.
(12 comments) SHARE Thursday, November 3, 2011 Anarchy V. Non-Violence, The Movement Is Tested
The Occupy Movement is not just the Oakland encampment. It is a world-wide movement of dedicated activists working in a very focused way to effect change. The broad-based support that the Occupy actions enjoy is based on their level of achievement and the manner in which the demonstrations and encampments conduct themselves.
SHARE Tuesday, March 4, 2014 The Road From Baghdad to Crimea
The US, the EU, and their press oracles should have more carefully considered the direct impact of Ukrainian destabilization on Moscow. Left with no choice but to act, Putin will most certainly act. When the Russian Federation decides to invade a sovereign nation on the other side of the planet as the US did in Iraq, then the current dire rhetoric we are hearing might be justified.
SHARE Wednesday, February 5, 2014 The Knox and Farrow Stories
On the Dylan Farrow statement, a story incidentally widely commented on by a number of progressive sites including Mother Jones and The Nation, our decision was largely derivative of the original decision by Nicholas Kristof and the New York Times editors to run the piece. Once it was out there, it was out there.
SHARE Sunday, November 17, 2019 For Trump, It's the White House or the Big House
Donald Trump is effectively trapped in the Oval Office. If he leaves the presidency, either by impeachment-mandated removal or resignation, he will be subject to prosecution and based on the evidence, likely conviction.
(2 comments) SHARE Tuesday, January 27, 2015 Netanyahu's Strategy: Divide and Conquer
In accepting an offer to address the U.S. Congress, exclusively at the behest of Republican lawmakers, Netanyahu serves short-term Republican political interests and short-term Israeli right-wing interests, but risks a backlash that could destabilize U.S.-Israel relations permanently. This is Netanyahu following the Bush Doctrine: tactics over statesmanship.
SHARE Saturday, July 25, 2015 Loretta Lynch Plays It Safe in Charleston
The Obama presidential era has been marked by a number of very significant, high-profile police killings. Most, but not all, killings of African Americans. In many of the cases, there has been no lack of evidence of wrongdoing on the part of the police officers involved. What has been lacking is a will to prosecute by the Department of Justice.
(4 comments) SHARE Friday, December 6, 2019 Thinking Outside the Box on Impeachment
The constitutional experts who testified as to the appropriateness of impeachment at this moment in US history found that impeachment was clearly warranted. In fact, urgently.
(8 comments) SHARE Thursday, November 30, 2017 Minnesota Public Radio Owes Its Public an Accounting
Garrison Keillor is one of the most beloved and respected storytellers of our time. A statesman for reason in a time of unreason. His work touched the lives of millions in a decent and meaningful way. None of that excuses sexual harassment in the workplace or anywhere else. MPR owes it to its public, to supporters, and to the nation to make clear their reasons for publicly shaming and dismissing this man.
(3 comments) SHARE Wednesday, December 18, 2019 What if Roberts Holds Out?
Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is on record saying he has no intention of facilitating anything resembling a fair trial of the impeachment charges against Donald Trump.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, October 22, 2019 Pardoning Trump for Obstruction Would Be a Big Mistake
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is reportedly adamant that the case for impeachment should be focused solely on issues related to Ukraine-gate. There are however voices in Democratic leadership that are arguing for articles that would include the acts of obstruction in the Mueller Report. Additional consideration is being given to violations of the Emoluments Clause.
SHARE Tuesday, March 1, 2011 Thank You Scott Walker
I wonder if you have given any thought to the Republican families who will be affected by your plans -- should they ever be enacted. Sure, some will be duped into believing that a movement bought and paid for by David and Charles Koch will care when your plan pulls wages and benefits out from under their Republican families right along with Democratic families.
SHARE Monday, February 17, 2020 Sanders Gives the Democrats Legitimacy
Sanders represents the best, most valuable, and rarest kind of political power through social relevance. He offers a rare opportunity for the Democratic Party to gain historic ground. This is one wave Democratic leadership can and should ride.
(11 comments) SHARE Friday, November 22, 2013 Fight for Obamacare
ACA in its current form is cumbersome, technically challenged, and overly kind to an outrageously corrupt American health care industry. It does, however, do two very important things: It provides an architecture for better, fairer health care for many more Americans, and perhaps more importantly, it opens a forbidden door.
SHARE Monday, June 5, 2017 Terrorism and Authoritarianism
Ash writes: If aspiring right-wing authoritarians have nothing else to offer citizens of the countries they hope to lead, they always have fear of terror.
(11 comments) SHARE Sunday, July 22, 2018 15 Months Ago, I Asked if the President Was a Russian Puppet
Money seems to have been flowing for years from Russian sources into Trump enterprises. Press reports have documented a number of interactions the Special Counsel investigation might be looking into. One thing Mueller's team is very good at is following the money. Smart money says it leads to a place of Putin's control.
(2 comments) SHARE Sunday, October 6, 2019 Will Trump Relinquish Power?
Trump has everything to gain by remaining in office and everything to lose by leaving office. This is not a guy who has any intention of going quietly into that good night.
Eviction will not be pretty, but it will be necessary.
(4 comments) SHARE Tuesday, October 1, 2019 Making the Rule of Law a Reality Show
Trump's conduct in the Ukrainian affair, as in the other impeachable instances, is patently illegal. He is a clear and present danger to US and global security. If the public now sees that through the lens of Ukraine-gate, then so be it. Public awareness of the scope of the Trump threat is long overdue.
(8 comments) SHARE Thursday, December 29, 2016 Will Obama Surrender the Supreme Court to Trump?
On January 3, 2017, a very important window will open. All constitutional experts agree that President Obama has the power to appoint a justice of his choosing and fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court, without a Senate confirmation hearing. On that day, and that day alone. It is the American people whose best interests Obama is sworn to act upon.
(10 comments) SHARE Saturday, June 15, 2019 Were the Gulf Tanker Strikes a Saudi-Run Operation?
Oddly, Trump seems somewhat reluctant to engage Iran militarily. He seems to think he can create the conditions and set the stage for war with Iran and control the factors that might lead to war without going to war. It is a dangerous game that could lead to catastrophic consequences.
(4 comments) SHARE Sunday, June 21, 2015 TPP: Back to the Ramparts
The real purpose of TAA is to provide political cover to Democrats who sell out their voters and workers in their home districts. It gives them something they can hold aloft as proof that they got a concession for American workers. In fact, it's a fig leaf to make selling out somewhat safer. It's also something the commercial press can use in selling the package to the American public.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, January 29, 2018 It Will Soon Be Trump's Time in the Barrel
It's likely that since Mueller has made the call to move ahead with an interview of a sitting president, he is in possession of evidence that implicates Trump personally and criminally. It is legally, constitutionally, and historically an extraordinary step. Mueller would not go there unless he already had solid evidence in hand. The evidence being the key.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, December 11, 2014 Prosecute
If we legitimize torture by pardoning it, we normalize it and the affront it represents to the rule of law. That is tantamount to lawlessness itself -- the abyss we now look into. While we are still a nation of laws, if we are -- we must prosecute the lawless, whoever they may be. Anything less invites disaster.
SHARE Friday, September 2, 2011 The Mindlessness
There must be full disclosure by the Department of Defense. All of the troops involved, along with their commanders, must be subject to legal prosecution, including whoever approved the subsequent airstrike on the home, and anyone who had knowledge of the killings but did not report them.
(9 comments) SHARE Friday, July 29, 2016 Can Clinton Ignore the Base and Defeat Trump?
Right now Hillary Clinton's message is, "I'm a woman and you need to fear Trump." There is absolutely no indication whatsoever that it's inspiring Democratic and Progressive voters to any noteworthy degree. When Bernie Sanders took the stage, he said what every American wanted to hear: "Enough is enough, we need to clean this mess up."
(5 comments) SHARE Sunday, August 13, 2017 Nuking North Korea Is Going to Be Tricky
Sandwiched between two superpowers, China and Russia, and little more than 500 miles from the coast of Japan, North Korea's space on Earth is intricately woven into the fabric of one of the most influential regions in the world. So then, how many nuclear warheads is it intelligent for the US to drop on what is effectively China's doorstep? On Japan's doorstep? On Russia's?
SHARE Sunday, July 27, 2014 Hamas Is Not the Problem or the Solution
The emerging images of Gaza reduced once more to rubble by the Israeli military make clear that the civilian infrastructure has been directly targeted. Such destruction of civilian targets is collective punishment and without a doubt a violation of international law and the Geneva Conventions.
SHARE Friday, July 19, 2019 Progressive Masquerading
The easiest and most reliable way to predict what political leaders will do in the future is to carefully consider what they have done in the past. Sanders and Warren have by far the most verifiable and dependable progressive credentials in the Democratic nominating race. Sanders's platform from 2016 was so effective, in fact, that most of the Democratic contenders have adopted his positions entirely or in part.
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, September 24, 2016 It's Actually Much Worse Than Kaepernick Says It Is
Don't be convinced for a moment that the young athletes now "standing up by kneeling down" are making too much of this. It's not as bad as they say it is, it's much worse. The next time you watch a major sporting event, remember to cheer for the players with renewed respect. They've earned it.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, September 20, 2016 Say a Prayer for Jeffrey Sterling
Nothing is more sacred or essential to a democracy than transparency. It is not enough to protect society, if that society must sacrifice its values and freedom for those protections. Jeffrey Sterling is in prison because he tried to shed light on questionable government practices.
(6 comments) SHARE Friday, November 2, 2012 Obama Is the Wiser Path
Obama is by orders of magnitude more likely to recognize and respect change when confronted with it than Romney would ever be. He is not the progressive lion we dreamed he would be, but he still stands. We must construct a strategy for grass-roots change around the better man. Barack Obama is clearly that.
(2 comments) SHARE Thursday, September 12, 2019 Defeating Trump
The harm Trump is doing to the country from the Oval Office under the cloak of the presidency is all but incomprehensible. The indelible mark of disgrace he is branding on the country's soul and honor will not be washed away for generations.
SHARE Sunday, March 4, 2012 How Stupid Is Benjamin Netanyahu?
Netanyahu has been just as open about his desire to use military force to derail Iran's nuclear development program as he has been about his displeasure that Obama isn't following his lead. Far from guarded in his words and actions, Netanyahu is making a bit of a spectacle of his displeasure. One tack has been a not too subtle campaign of lobbying the administration's opponents in both houses of Congress.
SHARE Friday, October 8, 2010 Obama's Courageous Stand on Foreclosure
President Obama today made good his pledge to use the power of the Oval Office to help American homeowners. Obama refused to sign legislation specifically crafted to protect lenders involved in record numbers of home foreclosures, and stymie efforts by homeowners and their attorneys to challenge documents in those foreclosure actions.
SHARE Sunday, June 12, 2011 The Weiner Dilemma
It's particularly galling that Weiner would be dragged into this media frenzy by Andrew Breitbart, a creature of such low moral character that a common alley rat would appear noble in comparison. Anthony Weiner's professional work, on the other hand, is steeped in dedication to principle and devotion to good cause.
SHARE Sunday, March 1, 2020 Joe Biden Finally Wins a Primary ... in the Heart of Dixie
Biden has had little success in Democratic strongholds thus far, but South Carolina held the promise of a revival with its old-school southern perspectives and contempt for northern intellectualism. South Carolina might matter to the Democrats in a presidential election year if it were not dead-red and there were no plausible scenario in which it might be in play in November's general election.
(4 comments) SHARE Monday, February 12, 2018 To Trust or Not to Trust the FBI -- a Question
Trump doesn't want to destroy the FBI, the CIA or the NSA -- he wants to convert them, for his own personal use. Trump actually believes that Putin has the right idea. He sees the total, personal control that Putin has over Russia, its economy, and its resources and asks, "Why not?"
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, December 2, 2014 You Can't Do It Without Your Base, Mr. President
To effect change you need a groundswell of popular support. You are trying to achieve the level of support you need essentially with marketing. Marketing won't win hearts and minds. Truth and justice will. Throw away the prepared speech, forget about accommodating those sworn to stopping you, and do what you were elected to do, or at least try. You will have plenty of support and so will your party.
(3 comments) SHARE Sunday, July 20, 2014 Statehood for Palestine
The rights of the Palestinian people have repeatedly been trampled upon by the state of Israel. It is by every measure a human rights disaster. It is important to remember that there is an Israeli Left. The Israeli Left is largely ignored by the world. They should not be. This is the internal opposition and the place where change, on the Israeli side, is most likely to come from.
SHARE Friday, July 5, 2019 Shock and Outrage Are Not Enough, Action Is Required
There are human rights atrocities being committed on US soil by US officials. Not only are there children in cages, they are being left in those cages with little food, water, hygiene or medical attention. Seven children are now dead and in all likelihood more will be.
SHARE Monday, January 6, 2020 Madam Speaker, I Rise in Support of Withholding the Articles
The American people want precisely what you are negotiating for -- open, public testimony from administration officials with direct, firsthand knowledge of the events for which the president has been impeached. They are surely entitled to have it.
(4 comments) SHARE Thursday, May 12, 2016 Bernie Sanders Has Already Won
Apathy is where corruption grows. Apathy is so valuable to the corrupt that they manufacture it and control the production of it. This is where infotainment and mass broadcasting play such an important role. The trick is to keep the population huddled beneath their security blankets, rather than pounding on doors and demanding justice.
(4 comments) SHARE Tuesday, December 19, 2017 Senator Franken, Do Not Resign (An Open Letter)
It is ironic indeed that you have come under intense pressure to resign while the president and Republican members of Congress rallied around Roy Moore, turning a conveniently blind eye to the mind-boggling implications that would have resulted from caucusing with a known child predator.
(15 comments) SHARE Monday, January 9, 2017 The Reports of Russian Election Interference Are Absolutely Serious
The Democrats are not blaming the Russians or anyone else. The Democrats are hiding beneath their beds and saying nothing. The Democrats are not challenging anything. If the Russians intervened to help Donald Trump, then the Russians and Donald Trump are to blame for that. Not the Democratic Party.
(5 comments) SHARE Thursday, February 18, 2010 I Still Like Obama
What I like about Obama is that I get the sense that he would like to, for lack of a better word, change things. The missing link here is what kind of pressure is Obama facing behind closed doors? Even in the public realm we're seeing unprecedented resistance to Obama's attempts at reform, from conservative Republicans and Democrats alike.
SHARE Sunday, January 13, 2019 When Bernie Met Sandy
Appearing on "The Beat" with MSNBC's Ari Melber, comedian Liza Treyger seemed to encapsulate the logic of the "women hate Sanders" meme, saying Sanders was "disheveled, unlikable and pushy." She went on to say, "Everyone's really excited for young female candidates, especially women of color, and we need men to get as excited about women as women are."
SHARE Wednesday, June 10, 2020 The Four Corner Posts of Police Violence
Two things the police do not want pointed at them are guns and cameras. Guns pose a lethal threat, so that's understandable. Cameras, however, pose a different threat that police fear -- a legal threat
(7 comments) SHARE Sunday, March 17, 2019 Pelosi's Impeachment Stance Makes a Mockery of Everything
What makes Speaker Pelosi's position on impeachment so pervasively detrimental is that she is saying, in effect, "We don't want to know ... because even if we do know we won't do anything anyway." Where is the incentive to make public the evidence of illegal conduct on the part of Donald Trump?
(3 comments) SHARE Monday, May 27, 2019 These Stupid Wars
Endless, stupid wars, at the risk of redundancy, depend on the endless, stupid logic of endless, stupid wars. It makes good sense to memorialize sacrifice. But to channel that memorialization into an endorsement of more endless, stupid wars is an affront to those who actually have paid the price.
(5 comments) SHARE Friday, September 6, 2019 Pragmatism Won't Win the Presidency
You are hard pressed to cite a single instance of voters putting a candidate in the Oval Office as a matter of pragmatism. You can rest assured that the issues hurled on the kitchen table across America by Donald Trump will be raw red meat, and unless the Democratic base gets equally inspired, their candidate will likely be dead meat.
(2 comments) SHARE Saturday, March 2, 2019 I Love Watching Republicans Suffer
Watching the Republicans in lockstep one after another flailing at Cohen's credibility (as though that will even be an issue in dependent cases, which will without any doubt ultimately be decided by documentary evidence) was almost painful. Almost.
(2 comments) SHARE Friday, June 23, 2017 The Future Without John Birch
When Gephardt handed Gingrich the gavel, major media political pundits called it a "Republican revolution" and a backlash against First Lady Hillary Clinton's attempts at healthcare reform. In reality it was the embodiment of Richard Nixon's Southern Strategy. White southern segregationist voters were shifting their allegiance away from the Democratic Party and toward the Republican Party.
(2 comments) SHARE Wednesday, September 26, 2012 Walker's Dream Is Packers' Nightmare
There is no strike, the NFL referees are not striking. The NFL players did not strike last year, and NBA players didn't either. All three conflicts were, "lockouts" orchestrated by the team owners. The owners decided they did not like the contracts they had signed, simply tore them up and locked the door.
(4 comments) SHARE Thursday, September 12, 2013 Obama Seems to Be Managing on Syria
It would appear that by engaging Congress and humoring the Russians, Obama aspires to make the best of a bad situation. Clearly he is again hearing the arguments for military intervention from close confidants, of which John Kerry is at this moment the most visible.
(5 comments) SHARE Tuesday, July 30, 2013 4 Questions for Candidate Clinton
Former President Jimmy Carter said recently, "America has no functioning democracy." Recent revelations by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden leave little doubt that Carter's view was trenchant, perhaps even understated. At issue is the power of the American security-industrial complex.
(20 comments) SHARE Thursday, February 4, 2016 Dear Hillary, Do You Really Believe You Are "a Progressive?"
You can't take millions upon millions of dollars in campaign financing and personal speaking fees from Wall Street institutions and ever hope to seriously challenge the corruption killing the nation. Preventing that sort of conduct by public officials is the very point of progressive politics. You may believe that there is no quid pro quo, but your investors absolutely do, and they fully intend to hold you to your obligations.
(8 comments) SHARE Friday, May 11, 2018 Will the US Go to War to Save Trump's Presidency?
Without question, if Donald Trump leads the U.S. to war against Iran it will be to save his presidency and in all likelihood his skin. The more important question is: knowing what we know now, will the American people and the military follow?
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, February 2, 2020 Let's Talk About Bernie Sanders, the Democratic Team Player
Bernie Sanders is an Independent who defines himself as a Socialist. But his interaction with the Democrats has been almost categorically cooperative and supportive. Sanders gets behind nearly every important Democratic initiative.
SHARE Thursday, October 27, 2011 A Witness To The Violence In Oakland
Yesterday the police, the city fathers and the commercial media saw Oakland and made their decisions based on that. But they did not see the movement within its "world-wide" context. This is big ... very big, and spreading rapidly across the United States and around the world. And there is no indication that police violence can stop it.
SHARE Tuesday, January 14, 2020 Of Good Guys, Bad Guys, and Monsters
Iranian general Qassem Suleimani was without any question revered by Iranians. They embraced not only his military accomplishments but his vision.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, June 19, 2019 The Strategy of the Democratic Right Is Divide and Conquer the Left
Sanders and Warren are true progressive candidates. However, Pete Buttigieg, Kamala Harris, Beto O'Rourke, and a host of the other candidates appeal to progressive-leaning Democratic voters well enough to keep what should be a progressive majority safely marginalized.
(2 comments) SHARE Sunday, April 19, 2020 The Biden Conundrum
The problem is corruption. It is the stage on which Trump stands. You can rid the nation of Trump by removing him from office, but without systemic change, you cannot eliminate the conditions that brought him to power and allow him to remain in power.
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, May 25, 2014 Arlington
Memorial Day is not about the glorification of war. It is about the sacrifice of human beings who believed and believe that their sacrifice will bring about good. Arlington National Cemetery is not the only place where American veterans are laid to rest, but it is certainly the symbol of burial with honor for those who have served.
(3 comments) SHARE Friday, October 27, 2017 The Steele Dossier Is a Red Herring
For the U.S. mainstream media, the dossier is a guaranteed ratings booster, so they are along for the ride. Another profitable distraction from far more important but less popular stories. One example would be the ongoing effort by Donald Trump to provoke war, perhaps nuclear, with North Korea. Another would be the utter abandonment of the people of Puerto Rico.
SHARE Tuesday, November 14, 2017 Mueller Alone Cannot Save the Country
We must take upon ourselves personal responsibility for the removal of Donald Trump and his entourage from power by all lawful means and with great urgency. We must remember that Trump's rise to power was largely fueled by U.S.-based cable and commercial news -- the same oracles who today assume ownership of prosecuting the charges against their own creation.
(13 comments) SHARE Thursday, January 28, 2016 The Oligarch Awakens: Act I
Ash writes: "Act One: Michael Bloomberg seated in a large costly-looking chair. Hillary Clinton sitting before him in a slightly smaller and lower but still expensive-looking chair. Michael Bloomberg speaks as the play begins."
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, October 8, 2017 A Bandaid on a Bullet Wound
Public pressure on lawmakers would quickly and surely restore the ban. Now IS the time. Steven Paddock shot 500 people in 12 minutes. This is a clarion call to defend the nation from an immediate and growing threat. The country must act to restore order, even if the lawmakers and the courts lack the courage.
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, July 16, 2017 No Country for Old Republicans
Putin's Godfatherly embrace of Trump, his family, and his wide circle of supporters constitutes a right-here, right-now, live, active national security threat to the United States. This is a smash and grab of our republic underway in full view.
SHARE Friday, May 31, 2019 Somebody Haul Nancy Pelosi Out From Under the Bed
Robert Mueller is trying to handle this like a pro. He is conspicuously understated and remarkably measured in his presentation, given the tectonic portent of his report. Nonetheless, in substance his statement yesterday could not have been more unequivocal. This is not a "punt" to Congress, it's a hand delivery. With emphasis.
SHARE Thursday, August 13, 2020 The Coming Tightening of the Presidential Race
US media tampering with the election process is no better or more acceptable than interference by a foreign government. It just replaces one motive with another, a profit motive instead of a global strategic advantage.
SHARE Wednesday, January 25, 2012 Obama's Words
Last night's 2012 State of the Union address was most significant in that President Obama was kind enough to send fairly clear signals about where he intends to go. We have a road map. So that's a start.
SHARE Saturday, November 17, 2018 So It Turns Out Pushing the Democrats Does Make Them Stronger
The Democratic party is moving again, but it wasn't easy. It took a major insurgency by Bernie Sanders, inspired grassroots activists, and the worst, most offensive, most outrageously unethical and illegal president in U.S. history to get them their wave. To their credit, it's a wave they are managing to ride.
(8 comments) SHARE Monday, January 30, 2017 Behold the Real Putin and the Real Danger
Why would veteran high-ranking Russian intelligence officials risk their lives to reveal to American and western investigators the role of Russian operatives in the hacking of the U.S. presidential election? The answer may be that opposition factions in Russia are as opposed to the Putin-Trump alliance as American opposition factions are to the Trump-Putin alliance.
(2 comments) SHARE Wednesday, June 14, 2017 What's to Be Done About Trump?
The threshold for evidence that would lead to indictment and/or impeachment has long since been exceeded. The remaining hurdles are political, not legal. We're there, and really have been for months. The irrefutable evidence in the public domain alone is overwhelming.
(3 comments) SHARE Sunday, December 20, 2015 Eight More Years of Plutocracy
Hillary shows all the classic characteristics of a plutocratic enabler. She's a dedicated corporatist and a devout global imperialist. She really believes that we can lead the world by achieving military victory in the Iraqi-Syrian Frontier despite all evidence to the contrary. The Wizard of Oz was on TNT at the same time as the ABC debate. It was by comparison "reality TV."
SHARE Tuesday, June 25, 2019 The Courts Must Allow Aid Workers Access to the Children in Detention at the Border
Legal aid groups litigating on behalf of those detained by U.S. Customs & Border Patrol and ICE must press the courts for access to all of the facilities by human rights and relief workers on an exigent basis. What has already been clearly documented is a pattern of human rights and child abuse so pervasive that it has led to at least six child mortalities under the government's well-documented negligent care.
SHARE Tuesday, June 11, 2013 What Snowden Said
Fairly quickly the commercial press is going to turn the NSA domestic spying story into a fox-hunt for Edward Snowden. A very public high-speed chase will serve to paint Snowden as a criminal and, of equal or greater value, divert attention from what Snowden exposed.
(5 comments) SHARE Friday, February 10, 2017 Of Cold Wars and Energy Procurement
The actual business Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin are discussing: how to control the resources from point of origin all the way to market. Enter the hands-on expert, Exxon's Rex Tillerson. Not only has Tillerson spent his career in the control and transfer of oil globally, his specialty has been working with the very receptive Putin regime.
SHARE Tuesday, October 29, 2013 Tossing Angela a Fig Leaf
What is needed is a substantive change in course. It's not enough that our allies cooperate with us, we must also cooperate with them. The US must adhere to a code of ethics that other nations have confidence in. Yes, it is a complicated and adversarial world, but betraying the trust of all nations makes it no safer.
SHARE Wednesday, June 28, 2017 Did Mitch McConnell Just Jump the Shark?
As bad as this healthcare bill now before the nation is, we really shouldn't be surprised. It's a vivid expression of who Republican members of Congress really are at their core, collectively. It is as revolting as it is revealing.
So bad, in fact, that some of the Republican soldiers ordered to facilitate the killing, literally, of millions of low-income Americans are refusing to carry out those orders.
(8 comments) SHARE Tuesday, December 13, 2016 A Constitutional Crisis Is Brewing
Many in Washington are very uneasy with Donald Trump's irreverent and unorthodox style. Nothing Trump has done in assembling his cabinet has eased those concerns. Trump's picks are the most deeply conflicted ever considered for positions within an administration. That, coupled with unprecedented opposition to Trump by leaders of his own party, has set the stage for a confrontation that appears to be taking shape.
(2 comments) SHARE Thursday, May 16, 2019 There Is No Threat From Iran
The aggression and threat to peace are entirely of US origin. The provocation is US provocation, and it is intended to set the stage for a US military operation that is unwise, unnecessary, and will likely lead to a situation worse by orders of magnitude than the US war on Iraq that continues to this day, more than 16 years after the US started it.
(30 comments) SHARE Monday, April 22, 2019 Top Three Reasons to Impeach Donald Trump
Impeachment is on the table because Donald Trump is facing the most serious allegations and charges ever leveled against an American president. If the Democrats fail to act, fail to use the powers expressly granted them by the very voters they hope to sway in next year's elections, they will be confirming the worst fears of their supporters and validating the sharpest attacks of their critics.
SHARE Tuesday, April 28, 2020 Behold the Beauty and Savagery of Nature
The coronavirus is now unleashed upon mankind. Nature's methods of maintaining critical, life-sustaining balance are not subtle or even necessarily gradual. When things change, they can change with breathtaking speed.
(7 comments) SHARE Monday, August 15, 2016 Who's Afraid of Hillary Clinton?
Step one to commandeering Hillary Clinton's presidency will be to drive a wedge between her and not just the overlords of Wall Street but the entire ideology of Wall Street. She has to think and act independently of Wall Street. Hillary Clinton is not just going to wake up on the morning of January 21st and decide that progressive policies are really the best after all. But she can be made to act.
SHARE Saturday, August 11, 2018 Anarchy Is Not Progress
One of the benefits of peace is social progress. A society not at war can more easily progress. Donald Trump, his enablers, and his dependents, both declared and undeclared, see a war on US governance as necessary. It is an anarchic concept. A lot can go wrong. A lot has already gone wrong. Progressive social achievement flourishes in a climate of peace. Visualize peace and progress.
(4 comments) SHARE Friday, July 6, 2018 The Curious Ongoing Impeachment Sermon
Donald Trump is not under investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller for an affair with an intern, and Bill Clinton never should have been. Donald Trump is under investigation for conspiring with agents of Russia to sway the presidential election in his favor and for executing the will of Russian president Vladimir Putin from the Oval Office.
SHARE Wednesday, May 27, 2020 The Coast IS NOT Clear
In little more than 100 days, the death toll is over 100,000. That's one hundred thousand Americans killed by this virus on American soil in less than four months. It is a staggering figure, historic in its proportions. It may be only the beginning.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, June 28, 2018 Anthony Kennedy, a Swing-Vote, Seriously?
What is all this incoherent babble about Justice Anthony Kennedy being a "swing-vote" on the Supreme Court? I don't know which Anthony Kennedy they are talking about, but the Justice Anthony Kennedy I've been watching for decades is as reliably conservative a vote as has ever sat on the court.
(3 comments) SHARE Monday, July 11, 2016 I Blame the Police
It's important to read between the lines, trying to understand why U.S. police are the only police in the world who have to resort to killing so often. The key question in each case is, "Was this the only way?" The answer in the vast majority of cases is no, another way could have been found. Even if it meant temporarily backing off. Something U.S. police are rarely trained to do. It's the training that leads to the killing.
(2 comments) SHARE Saturday, December 17, 2016 Can the Electoral College Accept Foreign Influence?
Should Donald Trump be denied an Electoral College victory, he is not disqualified from becoming president, it simply remands the matter to the House of Representatives. House members certainly have both public and classified avenues to discovery of the facts. Something the electors do not have.
(8 comments) SHARE Sunday, February 14, 2016 Now Comes the True Test of Obama's Presidency and Legacy
Without any doubt Senate Republicans will seek to thwart Obama's efforts to appoint a third Supreme Court Justice during his tenure. In essence, Republican leaders have said to Obama, almost unanimously, "Don't go there." Obama replied without hesitation, "I am going there." The stage is set for the biggest, most significant showdown between a U.S. president and an opposition party in decades.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, November 26, 2018 Dear John Roberts: On the Politicization of the Court
Donald Trump has an uncanny knack for understanding what people are feeling and repackaging those sentiments in oratory for his own personal gain. No, he is not the only one who has concerns about the appearance of politicization within the courts. His transgression is that he seeks to convert such sentiment to personal advantage.
SHARE Tuesday, March 26, 2019 A Conclusion Without a Report
What does Mueller's report actually say? We are still not permitted to know. Mueller's report is still the same mystery, the same enigma it has been for two years. Congress and the public must be allowed to view the special counsel's report, in its entirety. Not an avowed Trump loyalist's interpretation of the report.
SHARE Sunday, December 30, 2018 You're Really, Really Excited About Joe Biden -- No, Really
Sanders' message is resonating with voters in a way that the polls aren't illustrating. Biden may be leading with the pollsters and the corporate media, but Sanders is leading on the issues, material change, and the direction of the debate with the voters.
(4 comments) SHARE Wednesday, February 15, 2017 Is the Country in Danger?
Donald Trump has spent his entire life being very, very sure that he is in total control of events around him and impervious to failure. But that's not what his CV says. A closer look at Trump's less than exemplary past includes an alarming history of train wrecks that he walks away from, but others do not.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, April 11, 2016 Our "Anti-Clinton" Bias (Explained)
If you care about progressive issues and meaningful social progress there is no comparison between the two candidates. We do not have an "anti-Clinton bias." We have a commitment to social justice, and progress. It's not about a favorite candidate, it's about a better world. Is that what you believe?
(5 comments) SHARE Wednesday, March 22, 2017 Uncharted Territory
Don't make the mistake of believing that yesterday was just another day in Washington. It was anything but. You may think you know who James Comey is or Mike Rogers is, or what the Democrats or Republicans will ultimately do, but it cannot be known at this stage. Normal is off the rails, big time.
(2 comments) SHARE Saturday, November 14, 2015 Global Domination Not Going Well
ISIS will fail. Brutality cannot defeat injustice. ISIS will paint this as a great victory. In fact, gunning down unarmed civilians is only a sign of impotence and desperation. For decades the U.S. has waged the most inept and corrupt wars of domination and greed imaginable to the extent that they would not have been imaginable had the atrocities not actually been committed.
SHARE Monday, November 12, 2018 It Was Progressive Energy That Fueled the Democratic Wave
The "new" candidates at the core of the Democratic takeover of the House of Representatives were decidedly, dis-proportionally Progressives. Demographically and ideologically the charge was led by women, minorities, and LGBT candidates, the common thread being an ability to convey progressive values successfully to voters in blue, red, and purple districts alike.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, July 10, 2018 God Hates a Coward, Mr. Schumer
The Federalist Society has picked another Supreme Court Nominee. Doing the bidding for the secretive judicial activist group this time is Donald Trump. Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh was on a shortlist of potential nominees carefully vetted by the Federalist Society, as were Roberts, Alito, and Gorsuch.
(6 comments) SHARE Friday, July 15, 2016 No Bernie's Not Going to Be President, Stop Crying
There was a surge of energy that carried Bernie and the cause he championed to national prominence. You who supported him were that energy. You have started a revolution. This movement continues to grow despite everything thrown at it. Conduct yourselves with integrity always. Maintain Pete Seeger's "chain of hand on hand." It cannot be broken.
(2 comments) SHARE Wednesday, February 20, 2019 American Coups
If Donald Trump, with all the evidence of wrongdoing on his part in the public record, is legally untouchable as president, then no president can or will ever be held accountable for anything. This is the defining test case on presidential immunity. If Trump can't be brought to justice, then no president will ever be.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, June 12, 2019 Will Sanders and Warren Defeat Each Other?
Twenty-plus candidates are officially running for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, but the policy is being defined by the senators from Vermont and Massachusetts. There are differences and distinctions, to be sure, but the core ideas and the tone are being established by Sanders and Warren.
(13 comments) SHARE Monday, May 23, 2016 I Will Vote For the Democratic Nominee
From day one, Bernie Sanders has made it absolutely clear that his decision to run as a Democrat was intended to strengthen and unify the Democratic Party, not divide it and destroy it. Sanders, Clinton, and O'Malley, while he was still in the race, explicitly pledged to unify against whoever the Republican candidate might be.
(7 comments) SHARE Sunday, January 10, 2016 A Very Bad Idea in Oregon
The Obama administration's decision in March 2014 to withdraw federal personnel from the Bundy Ranch in Clark County, Nevada, laid the groundwork for the storming of Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Burns, Oregon, that now unfolds. The folly of that decision was obvious then and the result is all too clear now. The current situation is the direct consequence of inaction at the Bundy Ranch.
(2 comments) SHARE Monday, February 15, 2021 Will Biden and the Democrats Allow Medicare to Expand?
The coronavirus pandemic has laid bare the inadequacies of the for-profit health-care system's ability to address the public good, particularly in times of crisis. It was never designed to provide for the public good. It was designed to earn profits for health-care corporations.
SHARE Tuesday, June 19, 2018 Lie la lie, lie la la la lie lie, Lie la lie, lie la la la la lie la la lie
There is the glass seen as half empty. What if we cannot yet fully comprehend the human consequence of this sea of lies we are now adrift in? At the U.S.-Mexican border, human rights abuses are occurring on an unimaginable scale. It's not me, it's not my family, but it is a great disgrace to our nation undertaken in our name.
(7 comments) SHARE Friday, April 26, 2019 Cable News Reports: Bernie Is Toast
The around-the-clock fusillade of criticism directed at Bernie Sanders on cable news has switched into overdrive, synchronized precisely (hint, no coincidence) with Joe Biden's announcement of his candidacy for President.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, February 28, 2017 Tom Perez: A Good Man in a Bad Situation
Perez's assignment is to unify and energize the base without offending the deep-pocketed campaign financiers. While naming Ellison as Deputy Chair was a nice gesture, it does little to loosen the grip on power by the established wing of the party, or to prioritize policy over fundraising.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, December 13, 2018 Espionage Is Not Out of the Question
Collusion itself is not specifically a crime under federal statutes, but conspiracy can be -- and that, from what we are now seeing, may well be where Mueller is going. If such cooperation included a willful compromising of U.S. national security in consideration of personal enrichment, say in the form of emoluments, then the station that train ultimately arrives at is Espionage.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, October 10, 2016 The US Corporate Media Owns Donald Trump
Trump with his antics parks sheep in front of televisions in herds. That means enormous advertising revenues. It also means that a pathetically self-indulgent, socially abusive, mentally unstable fraud has moved to the brink of becoming President of the United States.
SHARE Thursday, January 3, 2019 Why Are the NYT and CNN Stoking Gender Warfare on the Left?
Buying into gender-based divisiveness at this stage of the process is highly counterproductive for the progressive movement. Neither Sanders nor Warren is new to the American political scene. Both have long track records and resume's. Redefining them at this stage is a tactic for defeating them. They will be challenged for suggesting that the system be changed fundamentally.
(5 comments) SHARE Saturday, March 25, 2017 The Vindication of President Barack Obama
The Republican retreat on the repeal of Obamacare was a vote of no-confidence on the party's leader. Trump's rise to power has given the GOP the power of its fondest dreams, and the baggage of its worst nightmares. What turned back the Republican plot to overthrow the Affordable Care Act was white voters in red districts coming out in historic numbers to say, "Do not take my Obamacare coverage away."
(2 comments) SHARE Tuesday, December 6, 2016 They'll Be Back
The local "well-regulated-militias" are only too happy to "enforce the law" that facilitates construction even while ignoring the laws that protect the rights of local residents impacted by the project. So celebrate a important victory. Learn from the failures and successes that defined this great battle and prepare for the next assault. It is surely coming.
(7 comments) SHARE Thursday, January 21, 2016 The Real Argument for Single-Payer
Obamacare does nothing to break the death-grip of the for-profit American health care industry on the life-blood of American health care. As long as the point of medicine is profit, it's bad medicine, and the human suffering continues. In fact, rather than challenge the validity of corporate ownership of American health care, the ACA actually codifies it.
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, December 12, 2020 Behind Closed Doors, the Old Biden Bashes Progressives
During a presidential election cycle, the presidential candidates are expected to pull the down-ballot candidates along by presenting a vision for where the country needs to go and what needs to be done to accomplish it. The candidate whose vision best inspires the voters is most often the winner.
SHARE Friday, April 20, 2018 James (Dick Tracy) Comey -- What Did You Expect?
While Comey seems to lack the political savvy required for the FBI directorship, he clearly believes that the rule of law matters and that it is his duty to uphold it, to this day. He sees an independent role for Justice Department officials as indispensable and strives to meet these expectations in the manner in which he conducts his affairs.
SHARE Tuesday, November 15, 2016 Does Trump Have a Mandate?
There is no question that Donald Trump assumes the presidency without majority consent. No legitimate argument for a mandate can stem from that. He can only achieve a mandate through unifying action.
What will it be: unification and success, or division and failure? The choice is yours, Mr. Trump.
SHARE Sunday, February 28, 2021 Did Biden Throw the $15 Minimum Wage Under the Bus?
There are a lot of trap doors opening in the Biden White House right now. If you're planning on staying up to speed it would probably be a good idea to read the fine print, carefully. Being better than the Republicans isn't the same as doing what you said you were going to do.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, December 7, 2015 ISIS and the GOP, Natural Allies
Sorry to disappoint those crying for a war against Islam, but the vast majority of those who kill with a gun in the U.S. are angry white men. Like Ted Cruz, Donald Trump, and Marco Rubio. "White terrorism" in America is a bigger problem by orders of magnitude than ISIS-inspired terrorism. "War" with individuals who cannot even be identified does not, cannot make anyone in the U.S. safer.
SHARE Saturday, November 14, 2020 Trump and the Republicans Are Plotting to End the Republic
To assume that the system "is strong," and that "Trump has no choice but to resign" and that will suffice, is foolhardy. Donald Trump may well be forced to withdraw from the Oval Office, but make no mistake, he's actively looking for a way to avoid that, and there are plenty of Republican operatives who are aggressively moving to assist
SHARE Tuesday, December 15, 2009 Wayward Son
Pragmatism, for it's own sake, appears for Obama to have become a raison d'etre. Gone are the aspirations and sense of purpose that so clearly differentiated him from his presidential campaign rivals. In place of those best intentions there appears an almost manic obsession to be what those in his entourage tell him he should be.
SHARE Monday, March 14, 2016 Encryption: The Precedent Is the Voting Rights Act
Apple's defenses seem to be coalescing around the First Amendment, and their counter argument is that being asked to author a digital operating system tailored to federal law enforcement's current objectives creates an unreasonable burden.
SHARE Thursday, December 31, 2020 Attacking Joe Biden the Man
Attacking Joe Biden in an even remotely ad hominem way is likely to be counterproductive. Joe Biden's far more responsible approach to dealing with the ongoing coronavirus catastrophe is likely to be well received by the American people and, on the whole, have a badly needed calming effect.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, April 13, 2010 Make Me a Witness
We do torture. We have always tortured. The difference is that now we rationalize it, discuss it in mainstream print, radio and television broadcasts. We live with it, we turn a blind eye to it, and because we cannot face it down we are endlessly tortured by it.
SHARE Monday, March 6, 2017 Trump Punks the Media Again
The Obama wiretapping story is a pure ruse intended solely to divert the public's attention away from the Russian influence story and bait the media into disseminating the message. The U.S. media must return its attention to the far bigger stories of Russian influence and mass deportation, and the American people must demand it.
SHARE Friday, February 19, 2016 Can Black Voters Disobey the Democratic Party?
Voters, black and white alike, are faced with a stark choice -- the same choice, incidentally, they were faced with in 2008. Does our country urgently need change? In 2008 the voters, black and white alike, said yes. So far in 2016, the tide for change seems even stronger. The Democratic Party bosses, however, are sending a clear signal who they want to be nominated for president in 2016, and it's not the candidate of change.
(2 comments) SHARE Wednesday, March 16, 2016 Merrick Garland, What's the Point?
To those who would argue that Obama had to do this to get a nominee, any nominee, approved: That's absurd. It's not about getting "any nominee" approved. We don't "fight" for approval. We fight for a better, more just nation. Something no one in the nation's capitol has any apparent concern for.
(2 comments) SHARE Sunday, December 16, 2018 The Impeachment Question
An impeachment proceeding would originate in the House Judiciary Committee, likely under the guidance of now ranking member Jerrold Nadler and the leading candidate to be named chairman. It would fall to Nadler and the Democratic members of the committee to document the case in preparation for proceeding with impeachment. They are likely to get more interference from the Republican members than participation.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, December 10, 2015 Jihadi Ted
What makes Jihadi John and Jihadi Ted so similar in their methods is their willingness to use human suffering to implement military and social agendas. Ted Cruz is spewing this invective with a purpose that Machiavelli would be proud of. In short, this is all an attempt on the part of Cruz to best his Republican/Tea Party rivals in their race for the GOP nomination. Consequences mean nothing; power, everything.
SHARE Thursday, November 19, 2015 Bush's Mission May Yet Be Accomplished
ISIS, like U.S. neocon war planners, understands that polarization can lead to broader conflict. If Islamic nations and factions join the West in the fight against ISIS, they are doomed. But if the West can be baited into a conflict against Islam itself, then full polarization is achieved and ISIS has a chance to unite Islam against what it defines as "the infidels."
SHARE Monday, November 2, 2020 Final Report Before the 2020 Election
he polling numbers for Joe Biden are excellent heading into election day. Biden is in a very strong position nationally. While the numbers in the critical battleground states are more competitive, Biden still holds a significant and consistent advantage across the board.
SHARE Monday, January 11, 2021 In the Middle of the Rubicon
Republicans in Congress would have the country believe that the Constitution will remove Donald Trump on January 20th. But Trump's contempt for the Constitution casts a deep, dark shadow of doubt.
SHARE Saturday, May 1, 2010 Stop British Petroleum Now
This is not just an oil spill or a cleanup - this is a disaster. No different than Hurricane Katrina or the earthquake that leveled Port-au-Prince, Haiti. It must be declared a Disaster Area by the Federal Government, and there must be an immediate Emergency Declaration. It is by every measure an emergency and a disaster.
SHARE Thursday, June 21, 2018 The Courts Should Be Able to Intervene at the Border
The administration's statements and the president's own statements clearly articulate political motivations for separating families at the border. To subject these detainees to patently abusive and otherwise unnecessary treatment to achieve political objectives is a matter a judge might well consider.
SHARE Tuesday, January 5, 2016 Mr. President, Madame Attorney General, You Must Act
The killing of 12-year-old Tamir Rice by Cleveland police officer Timothy Loehmann was a stark example of the human cost, the suffering caused by police officers empowered to use lethal force with virtual immunity from prosecution. Clearly there was a threat to public safety at the Cudell Recreation Center on November 22nd, 2014, but it was Police Officer Timothy Loehmann, not Tamir Rice. Tamir just paid the price.
SHARE Friday, December 18, 2020 Sanders for Labor Secretary
Sanders's credibility among union members and a wide array of American workers is rooted in their confidence in his commitment to higher wages and better benefits. That trust and confidence would be an invaluable asset to the Biden administration. Bernie Sanders for Labor Secretary.
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, November 29, 2020 What Progressives Want
Fortune 500 News loves to try to define what Progressives want. Voters always gravitate to Progressive policies, and that makes them a good vehicle with which corporate pundits can define and steer public opinion.
(4 comments) SHARE Sunday, February 7, 2016 The Very Dishonest Viability Argument
This is it: this is the moment when the candidates' viability must be put to the crucial and essential test. If one of these two candidates is more viable than the other, let them prove that now. The nominating process is designed, at its core, to be a forum for testing and proving the viability of the candidates and the veracity of their ideas.
SHARE Thursday, January 21, 2010 A Time for Resolve
60 votes in the Senate are unrealistic, unnecessary and don't even exist now. The current supposed 60 Democratic Senator voting bloc includes Joe Lieberman, Ben Nelson and others who demand that any legislation they vote for meet the Republican, military, for-profit standard before they will support it.
SHARE Tuesday, June 1, 2010 Stop British Petroleum Now, Part 2
Shall oil and industrialization take precedence over all other means of human sustenance? Yes, some oil industry-related jobs will be lost, but the current disaster stands to wipe out the livelihood of a thousand communities in the Gulf region. The White House must hold fast on the moratorium and take control of the safety of US coastal waters.
(2 comments) SHARE Thursday, October 13, 2016 I Endorse Hillary Clinton
I saw in Bernie Sanders an FDR-like figure, a committed, practical reformer. That was the basis for my support of his campaign. I endorse Hillary Clinton for president. At the same time, I endorse and intend to join with the efforts of Sanders, Warren, Reich and organizations like Our Revolution who are lining up to press the administration for real, meaningful reform.