Johnny Townsend: The fact is, even if the entire world did convert to socialism, the problem we’d still face is that humans would be the ones in charge.
Johnny Townsend: Moderates, pledge what you will. Choose the nominee you want. But don’t think that you can make such a personal, life-altering choice for the rest of us.
Johnny Townsend: Feinstein failed when she used her age and time on the job as proof she knew better than the people she was representing.
Johnny Townsend: Mainstream pundits never seem to say, “We’re in serious danger here. Centrist Democrats had better read the writing on the wall and move further to the left so we can stay unified.”
Johnny Townsend: If you and your family were trapped in a burning home and there were just three options for escape, which would you choose? This is the dilemma facing American voters today.
Johnny Townsend: Even after hundreds of interactions with homeless folks, most of them innocuous, I’m still both annoyed and nervous at each guilt-inducing encounter. It’s difficult to overcome the biases ingrained during my middle class upbringing.
Johnny Townsend: Admitting up front that you’re too weak, powerless, and ineffective to accomplish anything significant is not a selling point.
Johnny Townsend: Many Democrats are conservationists with a strong belief in science, but even they don’t seem able to apply what they observe happening in nature to their own lives.
Johnny Townsend: I confess that it took me quite a while to realize how thoroughly unacceptable Israeli (not Jewish) policies toward Palestinians are.
Johnny Townsend: Moderate Democrats are not the wave of the future. If you haven’t understood that yet, then Trump winning a second term is on you, not me.
Johnny Townsend: We have to ask ourselves if giving up hamburgers or Hummers or holidays in Paris is a greater loss of comfort than living with increasingly severe droughts, floods, hurricanes, wildfires, and crop failures.
Johnny Townsend: “In the past twenty years, I’ve waited at bus stops at least an hour and a half every day. Do the math. That means I’ve spent more than an entire year just waiting for the bus.”
Johnny Townsend: If you act out of principle against every regressive tax, you’re making the lives of many poor and working class people harder, not easier. That’s a regressive act, too.