Why Rick Perry’s indictment is in no way “bogus”

I’ve been told by quite a few people just in the last few days that my support for the indictment of Texas Gov. Rick Perry was misplaced, misguided and completely partisan. Actually, it’s none of those things. I admit to being partisan, however Perry is not running for another term

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

Word of the Day: Bipartisanship

This blog is a little different from most liberal/progressive blogs, in that it’s not about complaining about things. It’s far better to change things. If there is something about this country we don’t like, we owe everyone a duty to change it. As I note quite often, the root of the word

Republicans Are Not Big Fans of Capitalism

Let’s get real here. As I have pointed out repeatedly on this blog, the current incarnation of the Republican Party is in no way a fan of capitalism. Oh, they like making money for themselves and their “investors.” (That’s George W. Bush’s word, by the way, not mine.) However, when it

When Did America Become so Mean?

When did Americans become so mean? No, really; when children appear at our borders, and many of our politicians treat them like a swarm of locusts, it’s time to ask that question. Is that how we want to be known? Since October 2012, approximately 52,000 children have arrived at our borders without

Sean Hannity Demonstrates Why The Right Needs to GO!

You know what’s wrong with America these days? How about 34 years of inordinate influence by right wing thoughts and beliefs, especially since they took over the Republican Party. Right wingers simply do not represent real American values. The most obvious areas where this is the case are in the

Dead People Don’t Vote

Have you ever noticed that the hysteria over “voter fraud” only occurs during election years? I remember when Politico published a piece provocatively titled “Report: 1.8 million dead registered to vote.” It was later picked up by many media outlets, and it became a meme. Of course, the meme is always about “lib’rulls” trying

Obama Derangement Syndrome (ODS) on Display: Bergdahl Edition

For anyone who thinks Obama Derangement Syndrome (ODS) isn’t real, or that the racism of the far right toward President Obama is somewhat exaggerated, consider the rhetoric involving Bowe Bergdahl. As everyone is aware, the month of May ended with a US soldier being released from a Taliban Prisoner of War

“Joe the (Fake) Plumber” Shows Why He’s a Republican Darling – and a Jackass

This is another reason to get people to show up at the polls this coming November and get rid of Republicans is because we have to get rid of anyone who supports the “strict constitutionalist” mindset, in which their interpretation of rights is the only one that matters, and everyone

Reject the Comcast-Time Warner Cable Merger and Take Back the Economy

There is so much that is troubling about the Comcast/Time Warner Cable merger. It’s a guaranteed disaster. That said, the time to have headed off this situation was 20 years ago. Cable systems, as they were originally conceived, were granted monopolies in their respective communities because municipal authorities envisioned dozens

Republicans Have Overseen the Creation of a Lottery Capitalism That’s Bad For Nearly Everyone

If we teach voters nothing else this very important election year, it has to be that the Republican Party’s treatment of the economy has no positives for anyone except the very rich. I know calling the only people the GOP loves “the 1%” is convenient, but the reality is, the

Dear Right Wingers; Free Speech Isn’t What You Think

The first thing everyone – especially those in today’s Republican Party – should understand is that “free speech” and “the First Amendment” are not interchangeable terms. Free speech is assumed to exist, while the First Amendment requires that government protect that pre-existing right for everyone. That means everyone, at least since

Yes, of Course: George W. Bush Was the Worst President Ever

If you want to start a great, um, “conversation” with someone on the right, just say something that is brutally obvious and honest like…   George W Bush was the worst president in United States history.  That’s just my opinion, of course, and there may be a few historians who

The End of Progressive Defeatism

I had to run an errand last night. I had Norman Goldman on the radio. I don’t listen to him often, because I don’t trust a lot of what he says. But while I was listening, he asked his audience what they wanted to talk about; gun control or the

Why Republicans and Libertarians are Bad for Business – and Our Economy

It’s just a stone cold fact; if a business is so close to the edge that an increase in the minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 (especially over 2-3 years) would put them out of business, they were destined for failure anyway. This is not difficult to figure out for

If the Republicans are So Awesome, Why Do They Always Have to Cheat?

You know, if you were to listen to the right wing cranks who inhabit the current Republican Party, you’d think they were geniuses when it comes to running government. And if you listen to the professional left, you would think the GOP was a group of brilliant political geniuses who