Larry Wines: Exactly 150 years ago, on this day in 1865, the least regarded member of a famous family of American actors shot President Abraham Lincoln.
Mitchell Lerner: Regardless of the specific details of the Great Society programs, the ideology that lay behind them speaks volumes about the American conception of the role of government, and offers lessons for the contemporary Democratic Party that seem to have been forgotten.
Peter Dreier: In his new autobiography, Frank reveals how he decided to come out of the closet as a gay man, the impact that decision had on his political career, and his subsequent efforts to advance LGBT rights along with other progressive causes
Peter Dreier: Contrary to what the students claim, the American flag does not signify conformity. The ways we express our patriotism are as diverse as our nation. How one expresses one’s patriotism depends on the core values one associates with the United States.
Jerry Drucker: The Bush/Cheney Company set out to be a very secretive administration and handed the job of secrecy and attack to the master of misdirection and falsehood strategy, Karl Rove.
Murray Polner: For the rest of her life she toured the nation as a Wobbly to help secure the right of working men and men to organize unions, raise wages, and improve their working conditions.
Larry Wines: Even though we don’t like you, we are perfectly fine with using you to show George Washington who is really in charge here.
Rosemary Jenkins: Across the 39th Assembly District, people that span every demographic are apprehensive over your inability to handle your new role in the legislature.
Gary Corseri: There was a tattered blanket on the sidewalk and people had thrown some coins and a couple of dollars on it, and before it there was a small, slender black man with an Afro, and he had a baton and was conducting “Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony,” like he was Beethoven himself.
Steve Hochstadt: Giuliani said that Obama does not love Americans. In fact, it is many Republicans who don’t love their fellow citizens, if they are too liberal. That is a difficult partisan divide to overcome.
Larry Wines: We are disgusted because Congress is filled with payola-taking, temper-tantrum-throwing, self-absorbed babies who demand regular infusions of pablum from their fat-cat owners, pablum they then regurgitate down the bscks of the rest of us.
Larry Wines: It’s getting so you need a program to tell the broke red state’s governors apart. Here’s today’s handicapping of the race.
Brent Budowsky: Walker, Giuliani and Republicans like them do not understand this: True patriotism is not quoting scripture, waving the flag, praising the Constitution and speaking of American exceptionalism while playing a politics of bigotry and hate that violates everything America stands for.