Gene Rothman: There is fear among establishment Democrats that if the party moves too far to the left, or becomes a left-wing ‘tea party,’ the long-term consequences could be very harmful to the established Democratic party.
Gene Rothman: By ignoring the deep economic pain of many working Americans, Democrats left the door open for Trump—who did hear their pain and used this as a club against the Liberals (albeit in his demagogic fashion).
Gene Rothman: For those who support the progressive wing of the Democratic party or see it as the most realistically viable means of changing America, the vision of electing people to Congress and, perhaps even more, building a strong foundation at the local level holds strong appeal.
Gene Rothman: This report examines critical responses from the survey done by the L.A. Progressive on the “Our Revolution” launch by Bernie Sanders on August 24th.
Gene Rothman: Perhaps the most problematic and explosive issue facing the Democrats is where the issues of race and class intersect.
Gene Rothman: “About three months into my six-month timeframe my father took a drunken swing at me and I defended myself by putting him to sleep. So I was thrown out.”
Gene Rothman: Regrettably, at this time, there is virtually no Left to counter the Tea Party and other right-wing forces: not a labor movement, a women’s movement, a peace movement—no counterattack from anywhere (although the immigrant-rights movement is a possible exception).
Gene Rothman: we progressives need to follow King’s advice and not merely listen to, but to learn from others in the world. “Compassion and non-violence help us see the enemies point of view . . . . We may indeed see the basic weaknesses of our own . . . [and] may learn and grow and profit from the wisdom of our brothers who are called the opposition.” Most significantly, he noted that it is the U.S. that is the “greatest purveyor of violence in the world.”
Food stamp use is now at record highs and increasing every month. There is evidence that as need grows the stigma of such use decreases. Terming the aid “nutritional assistance” rather than welfare has further encouraged this de-stigmatization.
We are in a situation in America where the working class, and in particular the union working class, has shrunk to the lowest point its ever been, and this is the reality we are going to have to face in a global economy…We’re talking about a Global Labor Movement and that’s the only way American workers are going to survive.
If Obama and the Democrats are unable to usher in real, lasting change, the greatest tragedy will be the loss of faith amongst my generation and others in our ability to help shape the country.
A wide array of labor unions, health care providers, and consumers–including the California Nurses Association and the Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP) favors a single-payer (SP) “Medicare for All” system as the most cost-effective, comprehensive, and outcome-effective health care proposal. “Everybody in, nobody out” is the principle. By reducing or eliminating the role […]
he largest interfaith gathering in the world will take place on December 3, 2009, in Melbourne, Australia, under the auspices of the Council for a Parliament of the World’s Religions. Religious and spiritual communities and other people of goodwill will be addressing international concerns about the environment, peace, poverty, and the need to deepen awareness […]