18 to go: Stop the reactionary politics, progressives.

Progressives have been largely sidelined politically for more than 40 years, and one of the major reasons is our tendency to play politics in much the same way as the Right Wing Republican party. And one of the most ridiculous tendencies progressives have developed is our tendency to be purely

Toward a better understanding of religion: Muslim edition

I rarely talk about my personal religious beliefs, because they’re, well, personal. They’re supposed to be, too, according to most religions. Just saying… Basically, I don’t believe in religion. I’m not a full-fledged atheist, because I admit I don’t know enough. None of us does. For Chrissakes, people; after millions

30 to go: Politicians are usually smarter than the pundits who complain about them

Most liberal pundits bore me. Worse, they bore the general public, and offer nothing useful that would motivate people to go to the polls and vote on election day. They seem to be hell-bent on generating anger, under the mistaken impression that anger is an emotion that motivates the most

33 to go: Want to be considered part of the “Democratic base”? Sorry, but you have to earn it.

This are a lot of people out there who think that merely being “liberal” or “progressive” automatically qualifies them to be part of the “Democratic base.” Of course, they would be wrong. In order to qualify as part of the Democratic base, you must first demonstrate an unwavering loyalty to Democrats, over and above

Why are so many “progressive” blogs working against progressive issues & people?

It’s really kind of amazing, when you think about it… Over the last few weeks, I’ve had occasion to peruse the liberal blogs and other media to a greater degree than I have in quite some time. I became rather disillusioned with “progressive media” a few years ago, and I

What I did on my late-summer “vacation”…

Let me explain what I’ve been doing the last couple of weeks, because you need to hear it, my fellow progressives… I’ve been working with a select group of Democratic candidates on messaging that will help them win their elections six weeks from today. The six candidates running in various parts

Predictions are not “facts,” and defeatism is not acceptable: election 2014

I am truly beginning to hate pundits. At least, the professional lefties who think they know everything, and declare everything they say that is actually opinion as “fact.” Case in point, Ezra Klein’s latest missive on his new website venture Vox. You can start with the abject arrogance demonstrated in

Mr. Obama went to Washington, and he and the Democrats want you to help them!

Many progressives love to look at old movies from before the TV era and cite them as examples of how America should be. One of their favorites is “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.” It’s commonly cited as their ideal political movie, and they like to use it as an example of what

Is the race for control of the Senate over already? Hell NO!

Okay, so I’m looking through the news today, and I come across this, from Dan Balz at the Washington Post: Is the race for control of the Senate over already? – The Washington Post. To his credit, Balz takes a balanced approach to the fact that, with less than three months

Why 2014 (or any future election) CANNOT be like 2010…

As I have said repeatedly since the 2010 election, losing so many Blue Dogs was not a net positive for anyone, especially progressives. Sure, a few of them voted against the public option for the ACA, and some voted against the final version of the bill. But it passed, and we got the beginnings

Why you must be careful which “news sources” you trust…

If you want to know what’s wrong with our “news” media these days, it was absolutely apparent today. Check out these headlines. The first is from the Huffington Post: 2 GOP JUDGES STRIKE DEATH BLOW AGAINST OBAMACARE And look how prominent te headline is: —————————————– Then, there’s Think Progress: BREAKING: Two

Good Political Strategy Requires a Healthy Skepticism

I’m fairly certain this will make some folks’ heads spin 360 degrees (send video of that, please), but one of the main reasons Fox News is so popular is because they don’t tell the truth. I know, right? Shocking! The thing is, their most faithful followers actually love Fox because they

Cutting the Crap on Net Neutrality Scare Tactics

Look, I don’t know whether are people are actually ignorant of what net neutrality is and how it works, or they’re just pretending to be, to raise money from the extremely gullible. Either way, we have to get smarter about this. I received this email from The Daily Kos this

If You Think Both Parties Are the Same, You’re Nuts

Those of you who have read this blog for a while know that it’s not a typical progressive blog at all. For example, instead of constantly complaining that Democrats aren’t perfect enough, I take the current Republican Party. I will continue to do exactly that until such time as we progressives

Answering Charlie Pierce: Much of the Democratic “Base” Isn’t Their Actual Base

In a blog post yesterday one of my favorite columnists, Charlie Pierce (he’s not just a liberal, but a hell of a sports columnist, too), posed a question that I have asked for many years. In fact, it’s a question that many progressives are getting sick of me asking, because

Pro Lefty Michael Moore: Obamacare is “Awful”

What is wrong with Michael Moore, really? For that matter, what is it about so many professional lefties that they are preternaturally disposed to bitch about good things more than they are to praise the good things and advocate for improvements they think are necessary. I mean, I like many

Russell Brand Stokes the Armchair Revolutionary Fantasy With Double-Talk

I don’t understand why so many “political” people harbor such fantasies of “revolution” in places like the United States and Great Britain. I get it. They’re frustrated. So am I at times. But what do you imagine people will rise up and “rebel” against? More importantly, how do you imagine

The Lionization of Snowden Demonstrates the Lethal Combination of Low Standards and High Ideals

I will never understand how anyone could consider Edward Snowden a “hero.” I hesitate to call him a “traitor,” but there is a lot of territory between “hero” and “traitor,” and I feel he occupies some territory in between, albeit not even close to “hero.” What has he done that’s

Why Would Any Liberal Not Give Obama Credit for This?

One of the reasons liberals have such a difficult time in the political arena (and if you don’t think we do, then we have something else to talk about) is because some of the loudest and highest-profile liberals out there demand that everything be fully 100% “liberal.” Every liberal in

Why Do We Allow So Many Ex-GOP to be “Authorities” on “Real Progressives”

Look, folks; I peg my progressive roots to the age of 14, when I worked for the McGovern Campaign, but my actual roots probably precede that. My father was a union steelworker, and my mom was the daughter of a union worker, as well. I was royally pissed off at