Extremism in the Defense of Librium

Rep. Michelle Backman (Rep. Stillwater, Minnesota)

Tom Degan: On the one hand the latent threats of violence and intimidation that underlies the actions and speech of the Tea Party crowd is enough to make any clear-thinking person seriously alarmed about the direction the lunatic fringe of American politics seems to be headed. On the other hand, these people are just so damned funny! We’re talking Ambivalence City here! Part of me wishes them to go away and the other part would mourn their loss if they ever did. Let’s face it: These assholes are the best thing to happen to progressive politics in this country since Eleanor Roosevelt.

Mob Rules: Tea Party’s High Noon

Riding-the-Tiger

Sikivu Hutchinson: Reveling in nightly PR infusions from the corporate lapdogs of American journalism, the freshly evangelized macho racist right has ensured that its charge of a socialist government expansion is now viewed as a “reasonable” critique of an overhaul that effectively concedes universal coverage to the insurance industry.

All Through the Night

Tea Party

Tom Degan: But seriously, folks! If you still choose to remain blind to the overt racism that is the cornerstone of the so-called “Tea Party Movement”, you’re kidding yourselves. It is an organization of white supremacists – not much more; not much less. True, you might glimpse an occasional Uncle Tom on the fringes of any gathering, chomping away at a watermelon, but that’s merely for decorative purposes; Lester Maddox would have felt right at home with these birds.

African-American Presidents Can Be Hazardous to Your Health

Rhetoric

Jonathan David Farley: White American liberals foolishly chose not to wait to see if Obama was the kind of man who would stick to his guns when the bandits rode into town. He wasn’t. African-Americans run away from noble fights.

What Congressman John Lewis Was Really Saying: White Folk Getting Ready to Act Up, Y’all!

Much ado has been made over Georgia Congressman John Lewis’ statement about the nasty turn the Presidential campaign took at Republican rallies. From Palin saying Obama was “pallin’ around with domestic terrorists, to Republican rally supporters calling the Democratic nominee “an Arab,” “a terrorist,” and calling for Obama’s death, shouting out, “Kill him!”, the rhetoric [...]

The Hate-Talk Express – Is This Really the Way You Want to Go Out, Senator McCain?

Dear Senator McCain, One way or another, you reach an end on November 4th. We do know that for certain, even though no one can say what kind of end it will be – whether the road takes you to the Oval Office or to the finish of your long-held ambition to be President. But [...]

Will Obama Take Us There?

One hundred years ago Denver held its first Democratic National Convention, this past week marked another series of anniversaries and historic moments that overshadowed the frustrating traffic jams, complicated media credential process, possible assassination plot, arrests, the high-tech security front resembling RoboCop replicas, and various demonstrations.

How Obama Might Change the Politics of Race in Unexpected Ways

James Cobb

I share Congressman John Lewis’s belief that Barack Obama’s selection as the Democratic standard bearer is a powerful reason to believe we are “in the process of laying down the burden of race.”

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