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

How Gunloons Unwittingly Make the Case for Gun Control

I know the gunloons with their “open carry” nonsense think they’re making a case against any sort of gun control with their obstinate attempt to force the rest of the country to accept their phony interpretation of the Second Amendment, but as is the case with pretty much everything they do, they’re

“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

SCOTUS Case to Decide Whether Corporations Can Be Religious

Today, two very large for-profit corporations – arts and crafts behemoth Hobby Lobby and cabinet-maker Conestoga Wood Specialties – argued before the Supreme Court, to ask that they be allowed to deny employees access to  contraceptive coverage mandated under the Affordable Care Act. Under the ACA, employer health plans must cover

You Can’t Cherry-Pick “God’s Laws” to Rationalize Your Homophobia

Not long ago, I had lunch with an old friend I hadn’t seen in more than 30 years. It was mostly fun, until we were about 45 minutes into our lunch. That’s when a couple of women walked in, holding hands. They were obviously a couple, giggling and enjoying each other’s

The Republican View of Foreign Policy is Morally Bankrupt.

Do Republicans really think Russian President Vladimir Putin’s style of leadership is the model that US presidents should aspire to, here in the land of the free and the home of the brave? Apparently so. At the very least, they are using Putin’s brand of “leadership” as a way to