Caucuses are Undemocratic

You know, one of the few areas where pretty much everyone to the left of hardcore Republicans agree comes with the idea that everyone should be allowed to vote. Everyone. We progressives are all in favor of stopping any attempt to suppress votes, whether it’s unfairly canceling registrations, purging people of color

Blaming Islam

Once upon a time, there was a country called East Germany. It was a communist country, wholly influenced and dominated by the old USSR, which stood for Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. For its part, East Germany’s official name was the German Democratic Republic. Likewise, the official name that China

White Liberals, Stop Embarrassing Me!

Yesterday was unbelievable. It was certainly a watershed moment in the history of #BernieBro rage. (Once again, before I start, a disclaimer: I have nothing against Bernie Sanders. In fact, there is a great possibility I will vote for him in the primary and, if he wins the nomination, I

Gunloons Gone Wild

I’ve been talking about this for years on this blog and elsewhere, and it’s finally starting to take hold. President Obama has finally done what should have been done a while ago, precisely because Congress won’t do anything at all to reduce the number of gun deaths in this country,

The Second Amendment Says WHAT?

Has there ever been a time in history in which the complete and utter misinterpretation of one single sentence has led to such a swath of death and destruction? Here’s the sentence; see if you recognize it: “A well-regulated militia, being necessary for the security of a free state, the

A Call for Congressional Candidates to Take a Test on the Constitution

Here’s the thing: Before they are allowed to take a seat in the United States House of Representatives or the United States Senate, every single member is required to take the following oath: I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all

The First Step to Solving Our Gun Problem…

Once more, a crazy person shot up yet another school, this time in Oregon. I know, I’m supposed to call people like this “mentally ill,” but we have to get real here. First of all, he was apparently a right wingnut, and if we call him “mentally ill,” then we

Reframing for the Win

One major theme to this blog involves the question, “what do we want the United States of America to be?” It’s an important question, because it seeks to define who we are as a nation, and while many “political junkies,” “news addicts,” PUBs and professional lefties love to imagine that

What Ahmed Tells Us About GOP Ideology

By now, everyone has heard of this 14-year-old boy, Ahmed Mohamed. In case you’ve been living under a rock or you were on vacation on a desert isle in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, this is the horrible, terrible young man who built a digital clock to try to

“Freedom of Religion” as Bizarre Right Wing Fantasy

What’s happening lately when it comes to “religious freedom” is nothing short of bizarre. Since when does ANYONE have to right to just flout the law and claim some sort of religious belief to get themselves out of trouble? Where the hell does that come from? Does this absolutism mean we

Why We Have to Keep God Out of Government

The Founding Fathers were geniuses. They knew enough to put religion into the Constitution at the very beginning of this republic and told the government to keep its hands off. They were absolutely prophetic; it’s as if they knew the current version of the Republican Party would come along and try to force

Religious Rights Are Irrelevant in the Public Sphere

The right wing has taken over the Republican Party almost completely, and it shows. Look at the crowded GOP field, and you’ll know immediately why we call it the Klown Kar. There are maybe 2-3 candidates in that field who have more than about a 5% chance of becoming president,

Help Create a Network of Progressives for Common Sense

You can really tell who the professional left are these days. While the rest of us are seeing things like what’s happened in Baltimore… and New York… and Chicago… and Ferguson… and trying to learn how we can make a difference in the world, pro lefties are all over Bernie

Why is this Happening in Baltimore?

I grew up in Baltimore. When I say “in Baltimore,” well, like most other white people, I mean the suburbs, although I was a lot closer to the city than most people I knew at the time. My high school, which was in Baltimore County, was literally walking distance from