An Assault Upon Our Civility

Open Carry Texas

Walter Brasch: Perhaps the next action by Open Carry Texas will be to take their weapons into ERs and claim that guns in hospitals are necessary to protect the critically wounded from being further assaulted by nurses carrying sawed-off shotguns in their smocks.

The Irrepressible Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou

Lance Simmens: She simply said she was not satisfied with the speech that she had rehearsed and decided to do her own. She struck me as that way, always doing things on her own terms.

California Carnage

California Carnage

Tom Degan: A father’s anguished words following the latest, totally expected rampage of gun violence – this time in California – didn’t really have much effect on the people in a position to do something to stem the carnage.

The Revolution That Won’t Start Without Us

The Revolution That Won't Start Without Us

Rick Broderick: For uprisings, spontaneous or otherwise, to succeed there must be advanced planning, long-term organizing that spreads across the decades, and, yes, a trained cadre of committed revolutionaries willing and able to risk everything.

Sunshine On A Cloudy Day: A Screed

Danny Schechter: It's hard to keep a good conspiracy theory going when the espionage business seems to be having such hard times too, caught up in its own Dante-like circles of paranoia, unable to forecast much and doomed to making old mistakes.

Danny Schechter: It’s hard to keep a good conspiracy theory going when the espionage business seems to be having such hard times too, caught up in its own Dante-like circles of paranoia, unable to forecast much and doomed to making old mistakes.

Time for a Latino President?

Latino President

Rudy Acuña: Hardly had the nomination for HUD Secretary been made before the drums began beating for a Latino President with most forgetting that Julian Castro is only 39 years old and his resume is as thin as Barack Obama’s whose notoriety was based on a sole convention speech.

Our Religion of the Founding Fathers

Founding Fathers

Tina Dupuy: If we were contemporaries of these mystical Founding Freedom Priests, we’d have more complicated feelings about them. Just like we have about our modern presidents.

Is the ‘New Populism’ Real?

New Populism

RJ Eskow: Profound social change — whether in the agrarian economy of the 1900s, the growth of labor rights, civil rights, women’s rights, or in other transformative historical moments — has always begun with a popular movement.

Big Box Warehouse Blight

Monster Warehouses

Carlton Davis: This erosion of employee rights is the new reality of employment in America. There are no prospects for long-term employment. There are few opportunities for advancement.

Politics and Humor: Reflections on Robert Gates’s Duty

Robert Gates

Walter Moss: “I think a sense of humor and a sense of the absurd reflects a balance and a perspective on the world that is very healthy. Of all the presidents that I worked for, there are only two who had no discernible sense of humor: Richard Nixon and Jimmy Carter. I rest my case.”

Emulating Malcolm X

malcolm x

Bill Fletcher Jr.: Malcolm X’s transformation cannot be understood outside of a recognition that his adoption of a belief system and a commitment to something larger than himself involved a dedication to the building of organization.

The ATV Caper: Mesquite Flavored Petulance

Cliven Bundy Protests

Kathleen Wallace: did read about Homeland Security showing up at a local Utah parade in a tank. I really have no idea why they would do something like that other than they probably like tearing around in that nasty, destructive machine and it was an excuse to do just that.

What Does Hillary Believe?

What Does Hillary Believe

Richard “RJ” Eskow: The New Populism promises to re-energize the political conversation and could potentially restore the Democratic Party’s fortunes as well. But the Democratic Party is at risk of being sidelined from the debate, paralyzed by the Sphinx-like silence of its presumptive 2016 nominee.

Putting People in Boxes

partisan propaganda

Steve Hochstadt: Putting all your political opponents into a box labeled “stupid,” “unpatriotic” or any other nasty characterization is a substitute for thinking.

GOP Benghazi Ploy Helps Hillary

GOP Benghazi Ploy

Brent Budowsky: Boehner’s ploy to create a House select committee to waste taxpayer dollars running a partisan, political witch hunt about Benghazi is the worst Republican idea since some Republicans in New Jersey tried blocking traffic on a bridge.

Barn Bashers and Barn Builders

republican war wimps

Berry Craig: The GOP keeps kicking down barns that President Barack Obama and the Democrats built. At the same time, the Republicans want us to think they’re the better barn builders.

Welcome to “Post-Racial” America

No Post Racial America

Joe Palermo: Bundy and Sterling have exposed attitudes about race that most people would prefer remain subterranean. Yet codes and dog whistles have become part of the normal functioning of our politics and are the methods of choice for those who want to drop race into the conversation for political gain without doing so overtly.

Don’t Shut the Post Office, Expand Their Services

Expand Post Office Services

Jim Hightower: Put a coffee shop in it, a public internet facility, a library and museum, a one-stop government services center – and, as USPS employees have suggested, a public bank offering basic services to the thousands of neighborhood people ignored by commercial banks.

Politicians Who Hate Government

cliven bundy supporters

Steve Hochstadt: These Republican fair weather friends of Cliven Bundy don’t hate government – they only hate liberal government, government in the hands of their Democratic opponents, who have won recent elections. But they are playing a dangerous game by attacking “government” in general and supporting armed rebels who reject federal authority.

The Myth of American Exceptionalism

Restoring Public Service

Lance Simmens: The levels of inequality, injustice, unintended results, hypocrisy, and brutality that our children witness on a daily basis contributes to a sense of hopelessness and fatalism that I believe is both justified and heartbreaking.

The Ballad of Craven Cliven

cliven bundy

Tom Degan: The loony right wing loves to bitch and wail about the “undeserving poor” getting something for nothing. Why is it, then, that when it’s the undeserving rich we’re talking about, they’re always so quick to come to the plutocracy’s defense – and, oh brother, come they did!

Why the Right Is Not Always Wrong

right not wrong

Walter Moss: One of the saddest realities of the last six years has been that with President Obama we had a president who wished to work in a pragmatic, bipartisan fashion with Republicans in order to further the common good, but they were too uncompromising to cooperate.

Time for the American Awakening

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Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers: Two weeks ago in reaction to the McCutcheon decision we touched on an issue that will become central to our movement: Has the democratic legitimacy of the US government been lost?

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