PCTC Podcast #62 – Take a Deep Breath

Please stop the panic! There is nothing to panic about! Relax! In this episode of the podcast, I talk about the Apple issue with the FBI and explain it in a way that would make Eddie and Glenn blush. In other words, I only deal with the facts. Then, I

What Are You Afraid Of?

The title of this post says it all. Politics is about getting the most votes, which means making the most people feel positive about taking your position or backing your candidate. That takes guts and confidence, and more progressives have to not only have it, but demonstrate it.  You see,

The Petition Craze

Back when I was but a youngster, I used to hang out in the congressional offices of several Congresscritters who seemed excited at the prospect of a teenager who actually liked the process of politics and didn’t ignore it and dismiss it as unimportant. That was in the early 1970s,

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

Stop Being Stupid; the Only Issue That Really Matters

Perhaps you heard… Yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court blocked President Obama’s rules regarding power plant emissions that is part of his efforts to rein in climate change. The ruling was a party-line (yes, I said party-line because, who are we kidding?) vote of 5-4. The stay lasts until a lower

No One is Pure

Over the last few weeks, some PUBs and professional lefties have been bringing up the fact that Hillary Clinton was a “Goldwater Girl” back in 1964, thereby implying that she’s not a “true Democrat.” Likewise, a great many people have been complaining for months because Bernie Sanders isn’t a “real

Who Gets to Be “Progressive”?

(Okay, before I start, I’ll remind everyone that PUB refers to “Progressive Unicorn Brigade,” those (usually white) “progressives” who demand perfection from Democrats. (I’m not a fan of the term “emoprog.”) I have been a progressive my entire life. Well, almost my entire life; when I was 10, the Nixon-Agnew

The Inanity of “Revolution.”

About once a month, something comes across my Facebook feed along the lines of, “I don’t know how the hell we children of the 1950s and 1960s survived. We were tough and we did all kinds of things that are considered really dangerous these days and, as a result, we

Reality and “Corporate Interests”

I am growing very tired of the asinine argument that we’re no longer a democracy because we’re supposedly dominated by “corporate interests.” It is especially tiresome that so many people make this argument without giving any actual specifics. Of course, the reason there are no specifics is because the concept

What the #SOTU Was Really About

Last night’s State of the Union address was one of the most unusual, at least in my lifetime, but the reasons were good and valid and very welcome. In the past, presidents have tended to use the speech to craft a wish list for Congress to help them pass, but

The Infantilism of American Discourse

This blog has a fairly active Facebook page, although I would like it to be more active, folks, so have at it. Because of this, my personal Facebook page is largely devoid of politics. Once in a while, I’ll throw something up there, but not often. Of course, there are

Progressive New Year’s Resolutions

Unlike most people, apparently, I am usually really good at keeping New Year’s resolutions. It’s probably because I don’t make any that won’t improve my quality of life, and also because I really don’t have any major vices. I occasionally eat too much red meat, but I usually keep everything

Saturday Night is Alright for Debating

I will talk about the debate itself in a separate post, but in the meantime… At last night’s Democratic debate, we saw a field of candidates that is uniformly excellent, and we saw a discussion that was long on policy discussions and short on personal vitriol. And yet, numerous progressives

Unicorns and Rainbows and Stupid “Progressives”

Okay, so I’m looking at my Facebook feed this morning and I am confronted with an epic 3400-word screed about how Hillary Clinton is, well, a “Republican.” Really. The entire article was so clueless, I felt compelled to use it as an example of why we progressives lose and hand

Your Embrace of Paris is NOT “Misguided”

There seem to be people out there in progressive pundit-land who believe that we either have to show solidarity with all countries who suffer through terror or none at all. Apparently, the ability to walk and chew gum at the same time is a skill that far left liberals believe