Tina Dupuy: Why is Congress so horrible? Why is the Ebola virus held in higher esteem in most polls than the Legislative Branch? One word: Gerrymandering.
Robert Reich: Harry Reid may now be able to summon 51 votes to abolish the filibuster, at least for cabinet officials and other high-level policy makers. But that shouldn’t be considered a victory. It’s a sad commentary on where we’ve come to.
Rich Broderick: If the current objectives espoused by many of today’s American politicians had prevailed between the end of the 19th and the middle of the 20th century, if the political leadership of that day had demanded that public policy reflect Ayn Rand-ian tropes of makers and takers, moochers and producers, there never would have been anything like Minnehaha Falls for us to enjoy in 2013.
Walter Brasch: With the ubiquitous use of computers, every person who ever bought anything online, or even searched for anything online—product or information—can now be identified, their web addresses stored for use in target marketing campaigns.
Brad Parker: We must walk the fine line of repudiating the tragicomic primping of the right wing entertainment complex, while forcing the Democrats and the President to confront the real threats to democracy that they pose with their continued partnership with the Military/Industrial/Prison Complex.
Mark Jamison: The post office is in the Constitution, but that hasn’t stopped some members of Congress from trying to undermine the idea of postal services and the postal network as basic fundamental infrastructure.
Lauren Steiner: Maybe, if we’re lucky enough, the new private owner will be a restaurant or some other entity that will preserve the historic lobby of the building for members of the public to see – at least those members willing and able to pay for a meal.
Mary L.G. Theroux: If we today make Edward Snowden the story—if we ask, “Where’s Snowden?” rather than “What’s the U.S. intelligence community doing to Americans’ civil liberties?”—we censure our whistle-blowing protectors as traitors, renounce our rights to privacy, and sanction a government completely “unchained” from the Constitution’s checks.
Sharon Kyle: Netroots Nation Lacks Diversity, even as the organizers of the convention consciously focused on inclusiveness, the lack of faces of color is striking
Steve Hochstadt: The women’s liberation movement of the 1960s and 1970s finally made an issue of fathering. If women were going to get out of the house and into the workplace, men had to change their roles, too.
Mac McCorkle: Thoroughly burned by Vietnam and other misadventures, Democrats have become very shy about exercising government’s military might (this may be changing under Obama).
Rudy Acuña: We believe we live in a democracy, and that we can correct imperfections. However, in order to do this we have to put aside myths such as that our government is the best of all governments.
Jim Hightower: So perkily quirky, so ridiculously right-wing, so piously hypocritical, so incoherently pontifical – the Minnesota Congresswoman, tea party sparklie, and flash-in-the-pan presidential pretender was a gusher of good news for the progressive cause every time she opened her mouth.