The End of Freedom and Liberty

Liberty Denied

Ron Wolff: OK, it’s a fund-raising letter. I didn’t expect it to be scholarly. But neither did I expect an organization that claims to be a “think tank” to utilize the linguistic legerdemain (yes, I made that phrase up, and I’m mighty proud of it) that is the quintessential opposite of critical thinking.

A Little Perspective, Yes?

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Dick Price: To get elected, we understood that Obama had to take a pragmatic approach. But underneath the pragmatism, we were attracted to the compassionate world view, the deep ability to grasp complex issues, and the eloquence to voice our best hopes and dreams for the future that we saw, and see, in the man—traits that had been so woefully absent in George W. Bush fear-mongering, hate-mongering, war-mongering reign.

Democrats Never Had Sixty Votes; Sixty Votes Never Mattered

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Paul Hogarth: With Scott Brown now pledging to be the 41st vote to kill health care reform, Democrats cannot react by ramming through a bill before the Senate seats him. Republicans are not interested in governing; it’s time to pass a real bill through reconciliation.

How Alfred Nobel Made Rush Limbaugh’s Head Explode

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And perhaps it’s also a “deed” to be assured of what will NOT be done – no more Gitmo, no more Gitmos to follow, no more torture, no more nukes, no more threats, no more whimsical invasions of ancient lands.

“Doom and Gloom” on the Left

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Nine months into the Obama era, it’s not simply the Right that is detached from the perspectives of everyday people, and not just the Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck crowd that express an “I told you so” attitude toward the President’s actions.

Health Insurance Inaction More Likely to Kill You Than a Drunk Driver or Psychotic Murderer

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In roughly the time it takes to read this article, one American dies of not having health insurance or access to care. Take two down if you are a slow reader.

Right-Wing Smears Wellstone for Ted Kennedy’s Death

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Conservatives are entitled to their political heroes, and if they have core principles should celebrate their leaders’ deaths the way he or she would have wanted them to do. Just don’t attack us for remembering our heroes – depriving us of our chance to grieve.

Progressives Shouldn’t Mimic Teabaggers In Promoting Health Reform

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Activists often make the mistake of fighting battles on their opponent’s turf. Small town hall meetings are so easy to disrupt that they offer a perfect forum for the passionate Rush Limbaugh crowd that lacks a broad base

More Orly Taitz!

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No wonder even Ann Coulter — Ann Coulter! — has distanced herself from Taitz saying, in effect: “I don’t want to encourage that woman, she’s a nutjob!”

Michael Steele’s Impossible Mission

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I can’t summon up any empathy for Michael Steele. Trying to rescue the Republican party while is sinks in a morass of scandal and historical irrelevancy is a task I wouldn’t wish on anyone.

Right-Wing Sedition

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In 1798, during the Quasi-war with France, Congress, with President John Adams’ support, passed the Sedition Act. Outraged by attacks on her husband, Abigail Adams supported the act, which was opposed by Thomas Jefferson and James Madison, among others. “Let us not establish a tyranny,” wrote an alarmed Alexander Hamilton to an ally in Congress. [...]

White Supremecist DC Shooting in Post-Racial America

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On June 10th, an 88-year-old white supremecist walked into the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC, armed with a rifle, and killed a black security guard before being fired upon and apprehended. As usual, local authorities including the Mayor of Washington, DC used two familiar words that were recently uttered in the murder of [...]

Joan Walsh Is Right: Bill O’Reilly Is Vile

Joan Walsh, Salon.com

The good news about Fox News blubber mouth Bill O’Reilly is that he speaks to only a teeny, tiny percentage of the country; the bad news is part of that small and dwindling group actually thinks he makes sense and then goes out and kills people because they believe his vile, hate-filled rhetoric. Much as [...]

Populist Hate and the GOP

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Some progressives and liberals may cheer at a rudderless and shrinking GOP but as a nation we should be concerned. Recent events illustrate why: The killing of Dr. George Tiller by an anti-abortion extremist. The recent shooting of the Holocaust Museum by a white supremacist. President Obama receiving more death threats than any US president [...]

Judge Sonia Sotomayor’s Nomination: Obama Gives the Nation Another Teaching Moment

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President Barack Obama has done a symbolically extraordinary thing by nominating for the first time in U.S. history a person of Latino descent to the Supreme Court. The president has stayed true to the theme of his long campaign when he adopted “Si Se Puede” from the legendary Latina leader, Dolores Huerta. Right-wing talk show [...]

Sotomayor and the Republicans

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Put on your seatbelts. Many Republicans have been itching for this fight. They figure if they can make Sonia Sotomayor appear “too liberal,” “too activist,” or “intemperate” — and cause Obama to withdraw her nomination, or if they can defeat her outright — they can slow the Obamomentum that’s leading to universal health care, cap-and-trade, [...]

The Arlen Spectacle

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There was only one possible explanation. The bullet entered the president’s neck, bounced off his necktie, made a right turn in midair, entered Governor Connolly’s back, broke a rib, and exited his arm after breaking his wrist. Following perhaps the most exhaustive trip ever taken by a rifle round, it was found — in pristine [...]

A Growing Sense of Anger at Obama – and Others

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I’m so angry I feel like concealing a loaded hand gun and walking into a national park. No, I’m not going postal. Once President Obama signs the new credit card law, it will be legal for anyone to march around Yellowstone packing heat just for the fun of it. Although it’s usually angry, bitter, little [...]

The Decline (and Fall) of the G.O.P.?

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It’s hard to believe that less than five years ago George W. Bush won re-election, and the G.O.P. secured control of both the Senate and the House of Representatives. Since that time, the Republican Party has gone through one of the greatest meltdowns in political history. Americans have been leaving the party in droves. And [...]

The Only Thing We Have Is Fear Itself

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Fear is the Republicans’ most muscular media manipulation, which is a methodical, maniacal measured matrix, used as a political attack tool. Besides the “sky is falling” and “mushroom clouds,” there is: “The *Democrats will raise taxes, take away the Republicans’ sacred God-given guns,” “kill unborn zygotes,” and “want to practice, (horror of horrors) Socialized Medicine,” [...]

Data Supports Benefits of Immigration Reform in a Bear Market Economy

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Last week, the White House reaffirmed President Obama’s commitment to working on immigration reform during his first year as president.  While Obama has made clear that fixing the economy is his number one priority, a summary of recent research released by the Immigration Policy Center (IPC) shows that fixing the broken immigration system could bring [...]

Easter Reflections On A “Christian Nation”

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Depending on your point of view, this is either the perfect time to reflect on the United States not being a Christian nation – as the evangelical right and even many ordinary Protestants and Catholics insist it is – or a total sacrilege. My hunch is that most readers here believe the former so there’s [...]

Reagan the Socialist, Nixon the Commie, Eisenhower the Quisling

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Ronald Reagan was a socialist. I didn’t say it. Bill O’Reilly got permission from Republican Party policy chief Rush Limbaugh to explain, on the air, the economic logic that drives the Republican Party to now condemn Reagan as a socialist. As O’Reilly explained Republican policy, anyone who wants our wealthiest citizens to pay as little [...]

Republican Dinosaurs Cling to Power

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When a side that “plays to win” is in the political minority, they assert whatever power they can get. This is the position Republicans, after two elections of solid blue victories, are stuck in at the federal and state level. Shut out of the presidency and the U.S. House of Representatives, the G.O.P. clings to [...]

Who’s Leading the Republican Party? Rush Limbaugh and the Resurrection of “Massive Resistance”

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The Republican Party put all its business in the streets as talk radio rhetorician, Rush Limbaugh, went on the offensive (even more than he’s been on the offensive since Obama has taken office) at the Conservative Party Convention this past weekend. Stating that he wanted to see President Obama fail, and that it is reasonable [...]

GOP Chair Michael Steele Reaches Out to Hip-Hop Community for Hipper Supporters

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Chair Michael Steele, of Republican National Committee (RNC) fame, has announced that a first objective as newly elected leader of the GOP will be to reach out to the hip-hop community. He’s planning an “off the hook” public relations offensive by applying the party’s principles to “urban-suburban hip-hop settings.” Translation? He wants to attract younger [...]

Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner: Barack Obama and the Myth of a Post Racial America

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Despite the best efforts of Rush Limbaugh to take credit for spoiling the Obama political honeymoon by convincing all Republican members of the House of Representatives to reject the President’s economic stimulus package, public approval rates for the President remain at record highs; leading some to conclude that we have entered a post racial America. [...]

Enough of This Bipartisan Nonsense

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I started to laugh when I heard that Michael Steele was selected as the first African American to chair the Republican National Committee. I don’t think much of the “new” Republican Party, but then again, that doesn’t prevent me from writing about it. But don’t get me wrong, I think that the former Maryland lieutenant [...]

Rush Limbaugh: The Lyin’ King’s Reign of Error

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He’s a radio commentator who’s an entertainer. An entertainer who is a super-salesman. A salesman who ridicules and promotes hate. Making the front page of the February 8, 2009, Los Angeles Times was the man who is all those things rolled into one larger-than-life personality: Rush Limbaugh. And, he’s gaining even more notoriety. Now he’s [...]

Waging a Quiet Revolution Against Fox

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The other day I walked into a near by California Pizza Kitchen, pulled up to the counter, ordered a pepperoni pizza and then sat back to sip my iced tea. I then noticed when I looked up from the counter it was Fox News being beamed on every television in the place. My guess is [...]

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