Taking Advantage of Trump

If we do our jobs properly as Americans (NOT just as liberals/Democrats, but as Americans), Donald Trump is in for a world of hurt come January 20, 2017. It is very obvious that he and the Republican Party in general think he will essentially be the “boss” of the United

We Live In a Democratic Republic, So…

We live in a democratic republic. Again, I am always amazed that I have to write/say that out loud to so many self-described progressives, but apparently, I do. And what that means is, you can demand all sorts of nice things, but if the people occupying government don’t want to

All Politics is LOCAL. Learn That

I used to work my ass off inside the Democratic Party apparatus. I suppose, in a way, I still do, but these days, the stuff I do is for individual campaigns. I can tell you exactly when I started shifting gears; it was when I was trying to get the

Guest Post: Get to Work, by Jim Pistorius

The best way to not feel hopeless is to get up and do something. – Barack Obama So after this extremely painful campaign and election the reaction has been interesting to say the least. Most of what I’ve read and watched online have been people blaming each other about what

The Road Ahead

First of all, we need to sit back, relax and think about what we have to do next. I’m smelling burnout in many circles, and it’s still two months and five days before Trump is even inaugurated. And make no mistake; he will be inaugurated. I understand why some people

The Solution is Simple

Since Tuesday night, I have to admit, I have been somewhat distraught. That’s not like me, really.  It is just politics, after all. However, this election is not like other elections. I don’t just mean because Donald Trump won the presidency. That’s pretty bad, for sure, but what has me

9 out of 10 Unicorn Progressives Choose Strident

Stop Preaching to the choir and start listening to the people. Everyone, not just the ones you like. There, I said it. My social media is blowing up with people saying variants of “Trump got elected so ‘we must’ (do something that just occurred to them)”. I’m seeing the usual

What We Have to Do Now

Yes, I know. You’re disappointed and you’re scared to death about what could happen in the next couple of years. Believe me; even though I’m a straight white male and can’t relate directly, I do understand. I just got good health insurance coverage for the first time in years a

Why White Progressives Lose: a Cautionary Tale

This is a comment that I received from a well-meaning but obviously young and not-very bright “liberal arts” student from the University of Minnesota named Mark Mahoney. It was in response to my piece entitled “Cutting the Crap on Reasons to Not Vote Hillary.” Now, I have only two rules

More Proof That the Parties are NOT the Same

Every time someone tells me there’s no difference between Democrats and Republicans, I want to retch. It’s not even just bullshit. The concept is completely ludicrous in 2016. Look at the Klown Kar candidates they’ve put up for the last few presidential elections. I know you think Donald Trump is some

Repost: What Dems Do When They’re in Charge

If you are a “progressive” who is whining because “the Democrats” are pushing “too many Blue Dogs for the House and the Senate, I am reposting this yet again (it’s becoming and election year tradition, unfortunately)  to remind all of you of what Democrats, including Blue Dogs, were able to

On the One Hand, There Are the Emails, But…

Has it ever occurred to anyone that the reason the Trump deplorables brigade gets so excited about a few emails is because they literally have nothing else? I mean, seriously, if Hillary was as horrible as advertised, why would they have to be so focused on a couple of emails

They Don’t Even Know What Obamacare Is!

I wish I could fault Trump for not knowing what the ACA, otherwise known as “Obamacare,” is and what it does, but he’s getting his talking points from the ignoramuses on Fox News and right-wing talk radio, and they don’t know what it is, either. At a Florida campaign stop

The Real “Chronic Liar” in This Year’s Race

I love how the people who are planning to vote for Trump and every Republican on their ballot are so keen on telling me what a big liar Hillary Clinton is. One of them told me that she hasn’t just lied, but that she’s a “chronic liar,” which is actually

The Truth About Marijuana Legalization

The state of Arizona has a measure on the ballot this year that would legalize and regulate marijuana in much the same way as they regulate alcohol now. Note how I worded that, because it’s important. The initiative isn’t intended to make marijuana available to everyone on every street corner,

Cutting the Crap in the Debate Finale

Last night was the final debate in what has to be the most absurd and bizarre presidential election season in our history and, in many ways, it was very telling. In one respect, it was the best of the three. as much as it pains me to say, Chris Wallace