No, Democrats did not “Cave.”

This idea that the Democrats “caved” on the truly shitty deal to reopen the government is such a stupid one, it’s hard to put into words. It shows an anti-Democratic bias that is completely out of place right now, especially among the left. Perhaps there was a time when it

The White Privilege of the Political Left

On this Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, 2018, I am prepared for a bunch of different things. For example, I am prepared to get sucked into a Twitter racist vortex, in which people with no lives will text the “n-word” a number of times. I also expect Lord Donny to

What Do We Want to Be? Part I

As a lifelong progressive who really, truly wants to live in the greatest country in the world, I find both the progressive movement and the country at a crossroads. There are two fundamental questions that we as a movement must ask and answer if we are to finally be successful.

When They Go Low…

Among many on the left, a theme has once again reared its ugly head over the last few days, and it’s a potentially destructive one. You see, they think Al Franken has been victimized by the general “wimpiness” of the Democratic Party.  They claim Democrats don’t “fight,” which means Democrats don’t hit back

Not as Polarized as Advertised

Let me start out with what may be a startling statement that many of you won’t believe, even though it is true… This country is not really all that divided. At least, it’s no more divided now than it ever has been. I can almost hear the gasps as you

To Be Effective at Politics, You Need to Know what Politics Is

One of the biggest problems we liberals have is that, by and large, voters don’t like us very much. That should make every one of us sad, because we really are the good guys. Even those on the far left who I rake over the coals quite often are generally

If You’re Not Working for a Democratic Majority, You’re Not Working for Change

I love how certain unicorn progressives think anyone who doesn’t think like they do is some sort of sell-out. Just this morning, some clueless unicorn lover called me names because I suggested that we have no choice but to vote for all Democrats right now. Look; this isn’t my fault;

Sometimes, the Best Thing to Do is to Shut up and Listen

The biggest problem the left has is actually simple to fix. White liberals, especially men, need to learn to sit the hell down and shut the hell up once in a while. There seems to exist a belief that being a “progressive” means talking about everything and having a “conversation”

Supporting Democrats is a Moral Imperative for Progressives

A lesson should have been learned last Tuesday, when Democrats pulled off the kind of win they used to pull off on a regular basis for many years, when this country was becoming the economic and civil rights standard bearers for the world. It was amazing to watch and it

Incrementalism: It’s How Politics Works

I am watching a Twitter fight evolve between pragmatic liberals like me and dreamy-eyed unicorn progressives over… wait for it… “incrementalism.” The center of the fight is based on Bernie Sanders’ “Medicare-for-All” bill, which will never pass this Congress in any form. And the objection is over “incrementalism,” based on

A Political Primer for White Liberal Millennials

There is a touching connection going on between white millennial far lefties (whom I am told are the future! Yay!) and old white Hippie-type “progressives,” who are still convinced that they are political geniuses, despite the fact that their last “win” in the political arena was making the Vietnam War

Principle vs Ego

To all of you people who are STILL always on about “Blue Dogs,” I just have one thing to say: Get a life. You already got rid of most Blue Dogs, to the point that Republicans control everything. And might I say, the results of your campaign haven’t been very

The Sinking “Progressive” Ship, the SS Bernie

I really hate to break it to many of you Bernie die-hards, but you are on a ship that has been sinking for years. Actually, the ship has been sinking for almost 50 years. It started to sink in 1968, when some “college educated” white liberals decided to give up

White Privilege on the Left

Common Dreams posted this yesterday and also put it in their Facebook page: A Thought for Sanders: Maybe He Should Join the Democratic Party? It’s a thoughtful article. While I don’t agree with everything in it, the basic idea is a good one. The caption on the Facebook post was,

A Dose of Reality

What is our fascination with pointless publicity stunts that can’t work? Just this morning, a relatively prominent liberal Tweeted that “the Democrats” should “collectively” propose an alternative to the Republican ACA fixes. It was suggested that “the Democats” include a “public option” (another “progressive” noted that “Medicare for all” had