Capitalism is not a Religion

“Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it.” – George Bernard Shaw One of the more childish and irritating concepts propagated by the current incarnation of the Republican Party is the notion that all regulations are so restrictive and confining that they inhibit freedom. This is demonstrably false,

Negative Campaigning Does Not Work… For Progressives

Many years ago, while I was in college (the second, more successful time, from 1995-1997), a professor who was very smart cited for one of my political science classes this “conventional wisdom” about how well negative campaigning works. He was absolutely certain of it, and he cited two big examples

Getting Smarter About Politics

I guess the question is, what has to happen before a great many progressives figure out that what they think about politics doesn’t work? I mean, we started losing in 1972, and we’ve continued losing ever since; over the course of 43 years, at what point do we figure out

The Answers Are Never THAT Clear!

There is no issue that can be stated in black and white terms. None. Zero. Zilch. Every issue anyone can name has a number of shades of grey, and it is really not possible to take a yes/no, either/or stance on anything and be accurate about it. I know a lot

The Future of Liberalism: Where is the Liberal Message?

Why do we fail so much, when we know, almost instinctively, that more people are on our side, politically speaking? More importantly, why do so few liberals seem to notice that we are failing? Once again, the reasons are deceptively simple. People really are on our side, for the most

The Future of Liberalism: Nature Abhors a Vacuum

When did we get to this point? I mean, look at the Republican Klown Kar for a clue. At some point, when everyone thinking of running actually throws their pointy little hat into the ring, we will have the richest vein of comedic gold in American history, and absolutely no

How We Blew Our Indiana Chance

You know what? We had it made. The Republican state of Indiana finally went too far and wrote a law that essentially sanctioned discrimination against people perceived to be gay, and allowing business owners to justify it by claiming “religious belief.” Oh, man, it was brilliant. We had an opportunity

Distractions Like These are Killing Us

I posted yesterday about the danger of looking at the shiny keys; things right wingers do that get us all upset and hot and bothered, but which mean absolutely nothing in reality. The problem is, while we’re so busy occupying ourselves with crap, we’re not getting a progressive message out

The Peril of the Shiny Keys

The reason I started this blog in the first place, and called it “Please Cut the Crap” was because I wanted to do something a little different, and I will (hopefully) continue to do something different with the network I have planned. Instead of screaming about the “outrage of the

How Progressives Can Make Actual Progress

Why do so many self-described “progressives” not seem to notice that we’ve been standing outside the political fence for about a half-century? The PUBs (Progressive Unicorn Brigade) and professional left seem to like standing outside and shouting at those inside. What’s stranger is, they seem to think the people inside