Testaments: George H. W. Bush

This week, John Peeler presents “Testaments,” a series of poems that take the form of valedictory statements by each of the postwar presidents, in the poetic manner of Edgar Lee Masters’ Spoon River Anthology. George H. W. Bush Called Reagan on his voodoo economics, didn’t matter; people wanted to believe. So swallowed it and served […]

Make Election Day a Family Affair

by Senator Mark Ridley-Thomas – In just few a days, California and the entire nation will participate in an extraordinary election.  This election will be historic not simply because it marks the first time a major party candidate is a person of color or that the Republican vice presidential nominee is female, but also because […]

McCain Hopes for A Win, Obama Aims for a Mandate

Senator John McCain’s campaign should be experiencing a surge in this final week of the campaign, a narrowing of the gap between him and his opponent Senator Barack Obama. In almost every campaign since 1988, except for when Senator Bob Dole lost to President Bill Clinton in 1996, the eventual losers experienced a last minute […]

This Presidential Season — Best Ever!

There’s never been a better time to seek enlightenment—the state that frees you from gut-shredding despair every time McCain/Palin snarls at Obama and Barack doesn’t rip right back and raise the stakes. True enlightenment, of course, also requires moving past the delight you feel when Obama gives as good as he gets. The ultimate goal […]

Testaments: Jimmy Carter

This week, John Peeler presents “Testaments,” a series of poems that take the form of valedictory statements by each of the postwar presidents, in the poetic manner of Edgar Lee Masters’ Spoon River Anthology. Jimmy Carter After Watergate, the people wanted moral strength. I was a Sunday School teacher, a governor, a brilliant smile. Morality […]

I Helped Pay for That, Too, Senator McCain

The piece of film that just made the biggest impression on me on this particular night, when Barack Obama aired his half-hour TV special, was not anything Obama presented. It was the sour grapes John McCain squeezed in reaction. He complained about all those sinister mystery contributions, the suspicious credit card funding that’s poured into […]

Testaments: Gerald Ford

This week, John Peeler will present “Testaments,” a series of poems that take the form of valedictory statements by each of the postwar presidents, in the poetic manner of Edgar Lee Masters’ Spoon River Anthology. Gerald Ford Spiro’s disgrace was my new place. I never dreamed that I would hold that chair made void by […]

This Year’s Equation: 1920 + 1932 = 2008

We often hear that the election that takes place next Tuesday will be one of the most important in American history. Such statements, however, are often little more than hyperbole. To make the case that an election is momentous, you need to compare it with previous critical ones. The most important elections are those in […]

Testaments: Richard M. Nixon

This week, John Peeler will present “Testaments,” a series of poems that take the form of valedictory statements by each of the postwar presidents, in the poetic manner of Edgar Lee Masters’ Spoon River Anthology. Richard M. Nixon My “secret plan” to end the war —and Gene McCarthy— got me the job. The war was […]

Testaments: Lyndon B. Johnson

This week, John Peeler presents “Testaments,” a series of poems that take the form of valedictory statements by each of the postwar presidents, in the poetic manner of Edgar Lee Masters’ Spoon River Anthology. Lyndon B. Johnson Sweet irony! Bobby and the liberal crowd? I strong-armed through the liberal laws they couldn’t pass. They hated […]

Testaments: John F. Kennedy

This week, John Peeler will present “Testaments,” a series of poems that take the form of valedictory statements by each of the postwar presidents, in the poetic manner of Edgar Lee Masters’ Spoon River Anthology. John F. Kennedy Nixon was a fool to debate me. I was no fool to take Lyndon:Texas made me President. […]

Testatments: Dwight D. Eisenhower

by John Peeler – This week, John Peeler presents “Testaments,” a series of poems that take the form of valedictory statements by each of the postwar presidents, in the poetic manner of Edgar Lee Masters’ Spoon River Anthology. Dwight D. Eisenhower I never seemed political, as Marshall was, for FDR and Truman. The Democrats wanted […]

Testaments: Harry S. Truman

by John Peeler – “Testaments” is a series of poems that take the form of valedictory statements by each of the postwar presidents, in the poetic manner of Edgar Lee Masters’ Spoon River Anthology.  Harry S Truman I was a loyal party man, a proud Vice President. When he was gone, I knew one thing: […]

Colin Powell’s Best Case For America

Throughout the primary and election campaign, I’ve received lots of smear-mail about Barack Obama. Much of it includes knowingly false statements about him being a Muslim meaning, whether the smear-mail says it openly or not, that he is one step removed from the 19 evil men who crashed planes into the World Trade Center, the […]

Monday, 20:59:52

Keith Olbermann will utter the words: “That’s Countdown for this the 2,000th Day since the declaration of Mission Accomplished in Iraq. I’m Keith Olbermann. Goodnight and good luck” thus closing Monday night’s MSNBC broadcast, two weeks before Election Day 2008.

McCain: Unbalanced, Unglued, and Unfit

Over the past two weeks, we’ve witnessed the coming apart of a once-proud man. Whether in his rambling, often incoherent answers during Wednesday night’s debate or his stump speeches that seem to be little more than words dashing around in search of a thought, John McCain is coming unglued, to a trained professional eye and […]

Juvenile In/Justice and Proposition 6

It’s called the “Safe Neighborhoods Act.” Who could object to that? But Proposition 6 will require that more kids be tried as adults. It will classify more kids as gang-related felons, even if they are not gang members. For many, it will take away the possibility of early parole based on education, training, and good […]

John McCain: The 30 Minute Man

You know how you feel when you’re overtired at the end of a long day: A bit crabby, out-of-sorts, overwhelmed by a desperate need for sleep, snarling uncontrollably at people who make a perfectly ordinary, civil comment to you.

“I’m Not George Bush!”

Said NBC’s Rachel Maddow, “frankly, John McCain looks more like he does not want Obama to be President more than he wants to be President.” That’s a problem progressives know too well. It’s the same way we didn’t vote FOR Kerry, rather AGAINST Bush in 2004. The reason we see so many “undecided voters” this […]

President and Vice President Elect

President and Vice President Elect, that’s what we’ll be calling these gentlemen in less than 20 days — That is, of course, if we all do our part. It is arguably more crucial to “Get Out The Vote” this campaign season than at any other time in recent American history. Although the Obama-Biden ticket is […]

What Is a Maverick?

The American Heritage Dictionary: Maverick – An unbranded or orphaned range calf or colt, traditionally considered the property of the first person who branded it. Answer.com: maverick – One that refuses to abide by the dictates of or resists adherence to a group; a dissenter. Chuck: “Why does that double talkin’ guy, call hisself a […]

Senate Dems Race to 60 Seats

While the Presidential contest gets the most press, the race for control of both houses of the US Congress and state governorships is equally critical to whoever becomes the new President. Sixty in the Senate is such an important number because that is the number of votes required to halt/prevent crippling fillibusters which allow a […]

Ballot Recommendations – Progressive Democrats of Los Angeles

Here are the ballot recommendations from the Progressive Democrats of Los Angeles for 2008 Click here for the June 3, 2014 ballot recommendations from the LA Progressive YES — PROP 1A — “Safe, Reliable High Speed Passenger Train Bond” BOND State bond issue to build high-speed train linking Southern California, Sacramento , San Joaquin, and […]

Poor, Poor Sarah Palin

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by Denis Campbell – I feel like a Cheshire cat who swallowed a big-haired ‘g’ dropping canary whole ‘dontchaknow,’ gives me energy and sustenance without leaving a bad taste in my mouth.

100 Days Left – HALLELUJIA!

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by Denis Campbell – 2,822 page days have turned in the Administration of George W. Bush. Today there are only 100 left until 20 January 2009 when either Barack Obama or John McCain will become the 44th President of the United States. We mostly focus on the first hundred days of an Administration or new […]