About Tom Degan

Tom Degan is a fifty-four-year old video artist who in 2006 became so thoroughly disgusted at the state of America's national political dialogue, he decided to take time off to become a freaking civics teacher. He was born in Goshen, NY in 1958 and, after living all over the United States and Canada, moved back there in 1992. He is a high school dropout who in 1977 received an equivalency diploma (HEY, IT'S LEGAL!) He attended SUNY in Middletown, NY and in 1986 studied journalism at the New School in New York City. He is the recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom and has worked as a truck driver, a radio DJ, and a metal worker... OK, he didn't ACTUALLY receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom, but he DID get some kind of ribbon of sorts when he was in the Cub Scouts. He is the inventor of Cheez Whiz and lives off the royalties on the sales of that fine product. He loves children and little baby duckies. FULL DISCLOSURE: He didn't really invent Cheez Whiz. His address is: 2590 Rte 17M (PO BOX 611) Goshen, NY 10924 (845) 294-5714

Lindsey Graham’s Perpetual Pathos

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Tom Degan: Poor old Lindsey obviously doesn’t have much of a stomach for non-fiction these days. That seems to be a chronic state as far as the right wing is concerned.

Green Eggs and Scam

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Tom Degan: The funniest thing about Ted Cruz’s nearly day-long tirade was the fact that when his time was up, he proceeded to vote for funding the very thing he had been wailing against all through the day and all through the night.

Remembering Bill Clements

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Tom Degan: It was his mighty pen that sent former Illinois governor, Otto Kerner, to prison in 1974 in a bribery scandal.

Justice for Marissa Alexander

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Tom Degan: George Zimmerman is a free man. Marissa Alexander languishes in a prison cell. Do they even have air-conditioning in those jury rooms? You gotta wonder.

Bye-Bye, Bird Brain

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Tom Degan: As low as the standards are over at Fox, I can’t imagine in my wildest dreams that even they would humiliate themselves with a “Michele Bachmann Show”.

President Cruz?

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Tom Degan: Show me a guy whose antics are too weird for the GOP and I’ll show you a guy who really should be be watched – if only for our own amusement.

Fear and Loathing in Houston

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Tom Degan: Four months ago on the day after the massacre of innocents in Newtown, Connecticut, I predicted that, in spite of the carnage, nothing would change. Nothing has. Nothing will.

More Than Enough Bushes

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Tom Degan: So, the man who is in serious competition with James Buchanan for being remembered as the worst, most insanely incompetent chief-executive in the archives of human stupidity finally has his own library?

Portraits in Deregulation

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Tom Degan: It’s always a hoot watching Rick Perry trying to lure business from California to his state. His pitch? Texas has a “predictable” business climate, by which he means, “ain’t no gub’ment messin’ round here with all them damn regulations”.

Ten Years After

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Tom Degan: On Saturday, December 30, 2006, Saddam Hussein was hanged for his crimes against humanity. On Tuesday, April 2, 2013, George Walker Bush, Richard Bruce Cheney, and Donald Rumsfeld live in comfortable retirement. Isn’t life strange?

CPAC Follies

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Tom Degan: Themain problem with this year’s CPAC gathering was that so many of their speakers are walking illustrations of why conservatism in America is going the way of the 8-track tape.

Scalia and Racial Entitlements: Open Mouth, Insert Foot

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Tom Degan: It was obvious by their questions to the lawyers making the anti-voting-rights argument that the five right-wing neanderthals on the bench have every intention of going gently into that dark night of voter suppression.

Repackaging the Message

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Tom Degan: According to Repubicans they lost big during the campaign of 2012 – not because their ideas were beyond atrocious (perish the thought) – but because those ideas weren’t “packaged” properly.

Like Lemmings to the Sea

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Tom Degan: It’s going to take at least two administration – possibly three – to dig ourselves out of The Great Recession. And the only way to succeed is for those administrations to be progressive ones. A turn to the right is a turn backwards.

Message to My Fellow White People

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Tom Degan: The history of the next century will primarily be the story of how well (or badly) white America dealt with that inevitable change in the coutnry’s racial makeup. Deal with it well, my friends. History will smile upon you.

Voting Rights and Wrongs

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Tom Degan: What the right-wing extremists who control the Republican party have in mind for this November the sixth is nothing less than an electoral coup d’etat.

The Ryan Factor

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Tom Degan: Strategically, Ryan was a pretty good choice. He’ll bring out the brain-dead base, and uninformed moderates will be wooed by his amiable qualities.

Harry Reid Puts Up

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Tom Degan: Given his well-earned reputation for timidity, if Harry Reid’s gone out on a limb to make a charge as serious as this, it must be true.

Ernie Smith and the Montford Point Marines

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Tom Degan: Of the over 20,000 men who proudly – gallantly – served in the Montford Point Marines, less than 500 of them survive on Independence Day 2012.

The Age of Rove

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Tom Degan: The Grand Old Party is willing to destroy this country in order to obtain and retain power. They’ll stop at nothing in order to achieve those ends – even if there is nothing left for them to govern.

Romney: Gay Bashing 101

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Tom Degan: Is Mitt Romney a gay-bashing homophobe? Probably not. The conclusion I’ve drawn is that the man is a sociopath.

Rude Dispatches from the Class War

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Tom Degan: Republican governors all across this diseased land have been trying to undo the job growth of the last 25 months for no other purpose than to make the president look bad for the November Election

Ted Nugent: Rock’s Village Idiot

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Tom Degan: Nugent’s antics have nothing to do with “freedom of speech”. Inciting any of the dim-witted masses to assassinate the president of the United States is beyond foolhardy and reactionary.

It’s All Over Now, Rickie Blue

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Tom Degan: If Mr. Rick had been born with dark skin he’d today be organizing birthday parties for preschoolers at a Chuck E. Cheese somewhere in central Pennsylvania.

Our Century’s Emmett Till

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Tom Degan: Trayvon was a no-good troublemaker, the right-wing screamers say. The proof? He was once caught with an empty bag of marijuana. Really? Would someone please explain to me what constitutes an “empty” bag of grass?

Dog Days for the Mittster

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Tom Degan: It must be a terribly frustrating thing to be Mitt Romney these days. Were he to be elected president (and that’s never gonna happen, I promise you) he would be an unerringly reliable water boy for the plutocracy.

Barack Obama in 2012

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Tom Degan: Okay, folks, I’m gonna level with you. This one was such a no-brainer it’s almost embarrassing to even be reminded of it. There was no smoke-filled-room filled with editors in passionate debate.

Newt’s Family Values

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Tom Degan: Newt had spent the entire primary subtly pressing all of the right racial buttons and it worked out for him better than even he anticipated.

I-Ronnie of I-Ronnies

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Tom Degan: The Republican party has sunk so deep into the ideological cesspool since January 20, 1981, Ronald Reagan is starting to look like Theodore Roosevelt!

And the Winner Is – Santoromney?

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Look! Up in the sky! It’s Mitt! It’s Rick! No, it’s Santoromney! So Mitt Romney is pleased as punch after beating Rick Santorum in the Iowa caucuses by a mere eight votes, huh? Mitt’s jubilation needs to be places in check. To end up in a virtual tie with a basket case like poor old [...]

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