The Great Realignment

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Brent Budowsky: President Obama blew it, but he can still lead Democrats to a landslide victory in 2012 by understanding the sources of the third great realignment in more than a century, which should have been realized after his election in 2008.

The Supreme Court and the “Broken Middle”

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Joseph Palermo: By striking down the Montana campaign finance law that dates back to 1912, the Supreme Court steams ahead on its long-term project of turning our political system over to giant corporations.

The GOP Death March

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Brent Budowsky: As President Obama has hit his stride since his Theodore Roosevelt speech in Kansas and continues on an upward curve, Romney has become downright incoherent, and the GOP nastiness is now turning against itself.

Obama’s No FDR, But He’s Made the Case for a “New” New Deal

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Ira Chernus: No matter who the Republicans nominate to run against Barack Obama, it seems clear that we’ll have a kind of presidential contest we haven’t seen in more than seventy-five years: a referendum on the government’s proper role in economic life.

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!

Why Today’s Politicians Love Teddy Roosevelt

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Why are today’s politicians drawn to Theodore Roosevelt? Is it his political beliefs and achievements? No, says historian Rosemarie Ostler. It is more likely his pugnacious personality and his pungent way with words.

President Obama’s Osawatomie, Kansas Stemwinder

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President Barack Obama: I believe that this country succeeds when everyone gets a fair shot, when everyone does their fair share, and when everyone plays by the same rules.

In Memory of the GOP

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Tom Degan: It’s interesting to speculate what Lincoln and Roosevelt would make of their party today. It’s not much of a stretch to say that the both of them would be just a tad dismayed to see that it has been overtaken by half-wits and crazy people.

Won’t You Come Home, Jim Crow?

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Tom Degan: The Republican party is at this very moment mounting a campaign that, if successful, will disenfranchise the voting rights of African Americans – and everyone else who tends to vote left-of-center – all across America. Isn’t that sweet?

The Madison Revolution

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Tom Degan: I suppose it was only a matter of time before the people woke up from their thirty-year slumber. Better late than never, as they say.

America’s History of Crazy Political Assassins Didn’t Begin with Loughner

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James W. Clarke: For Hinckley, Bremer, and—until the evidence is in, I’m willing to bet—Jared Loughner, their victims become trophies in a suicidal quest for lead-story notoriety.

Zealous Moderates: Barack Obama and William Howard Taft

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Kenneth Weisbrode: Barack Obama has been compared to a variety of other U.S. presidents, from Franklin Roosevelt to Jimmy Carter. But is he perhaps most like William Howard Taft? Historian Kenneth Weisbrode argues that a Taft-Obama comparison makes a good deal of sense.

Every Man His Own Historian

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Stanley Kutler: The right’s twist of history to please its backers and fuel its agenda is a vigorous enterprise. Serious history, serious scholarship and serious discussion of facts and ideas are dismissed with tunnel vision.

GOP to USA: Drop Dead

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Tom Degan: The president, far from being the Progressive warrior his base was praying for when we elected him two years ago, appears hell bent on caving into their demands.

Obama Can Learn From FDR

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Tom Degan: Is the president serious when he tells us that he plans on “working with” the opposition party in the next two years? Part of me has to believe that he’s not, that he’s merely taking on the guise of the good loser, holding his cards close to his vest.

Electoral Upset Or Economic Suicide

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Tom Degan: We’re two weeks and two days from one of two things: We’re about to observe the biggest electoral upset since 1948 (“DEWEY DEFEATS TRUMAN”) or we’re about to commit economic suicide. Take your pick.

Still the Age of Reagan: Long Waves in American Politics

John Peeler: I suggest that as bad as things are, economically, politically, socially, they are not bad enough to permanently shift the way we think, to force changes in what we consider to be common sense. Such a fundamental reshaping of the political landscape has occurred only a few times in our history.

Harry Reid in the Arena

Brent Budowsky: Harry Reid led Senate Democrats to a large majority in historic elections, while Senate Republicans obstruct everything to negate those elections, which has never been done in the history of the republic. Voters who want more action to create more jobs should vote for more Harry Reids, and fewer Senate Republicans.

How Empathy Makes Superior Judges – and Justice

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Joel K. Goldstein: Critics ridiculed President Obama’s statement that judges should be empathetic. But as the Senate prepares to vote on the Supreme Court nomination of Elena Kagan, legal historian Joel Goldstein argues that senators should be looking for that very quality.

Was Obama’s Peace Prize Political?

The spokesperson went on to say that because Obama is contributing to the improvement of the international climate and is working to strengthen international bodies such as the United Nations, they felt it important to endorse and cultivate the principals for which he stands.

Is Obama Too Cerebral?

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If the cool and cerebral Obama is to bring about meaningful health care reform, he may need to demonstrate a wisdom that includes a healthy dose of Ted-Kennedy-like passion.

Bowling, Basketball, BCS, Baseball, and Birdies: Obama’s Use of Sport to Connect

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For the sheer frequency of sports appearances, pronouncements, and use however, Obama has set a pace that is beyond anything his predecessors did in office.

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A Condolence Letter, Part 4

A condolence letter regarding the passing of our great nation and institutions, written by a 21st Century Progressive citizen and addressed to our Founding Fathers. The letter caught the particular attention of two noble men who helped create our nation and Constitution, George Washington and Thomas Jefferson.

A Condolence Letter, Part 3

In the Constitutional Constellations, a condolence letter sent by a 21st Century Progressive, informed our two foremost Founding Fathers, 1st President Washington and 3rd President Jefferson, regarding the passing of their noble experiment, the U.S. Constitution and the formation of our country.

A Modest Proposal for Preventing the National Forests from Being a Burden for the Wealthiest Americans

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A tree is a tree. How many more do you have to look at. — Ronald Reagan (1966) Trees cause more pollution than automobiles do.– Ronald Reagan (1981) After becoming president in 1901, Theodore Roosevelt founded 150 National Forests. Clearly this Republican President was limited in his vision as he dedicated the National Forests to […]