Brent Budowsky: In politics, a dream merchant is a candidate who sells a big idea about what America can be, offers big proposals that could make it happen, and campaigns with a sincerity and passion that voters believe is real, true and appealing. Bernie Sanders Dream
Murray Polner: At a distance of seventy years, FDR, a flawed and complex giant and still somewhat inscrutable to those who write about him, remains a striking and extraordinary giant among all our presidents, as “Man of Destiny” makes clear.
Berry Craig: I suspect Team Mitch hopes Marksberry might be to Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes what Ralph Nader was to Al Gore in Florida in 2000.
Brent Budowsky: The Senate becomes a farce: Democrats propose, Republicans filibuster. Democrats retreat, Congress recesses. Tiny victories are hailed as great achievements. The Democratic legacy is dumbed down by the day. The voice of a generation is silenced.
Brent Budowsky: Obama needs to contemplate the possibility that his legacy will be “the jobless president.” He should fight to become “the jobs president.”
Peter Dreier: Eleanor Roosevelt, an important historical figure, has never been depicted in movies, including “Hyde Park on Hudson” accurately. It’s about time!
Charley James: Democrats generally, and the President specifically, must forget trying to do deals with a party that has no interest in making one and shout from the rooftops that it’s time to spend money and put America back to work.
John Peeler: In the midst of a massive recession, the conservative argument for balancing the budget by cutting government spending is manifestly perverse.
John MacMurrary: We still have gangsters like Sheldon Adelson, Bob Perry, and the Koch brothers working to steal our country. What we need is another Smedley Butler to stop them.
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.
Peter Dreier: These contradictory views of Obama reflect not only the nation’s ideological chasm but also a country whose stances on economic and social issues are constantly in flux.
Tom Degan: Of the over 20,000 men who proudly – gallantly – served in the Montford Point Marines, less than 500 of them survive on Independence Day 2012.
Bill Fletcher: Does “Black politics” mean the politics of the mass of Black people or does it mean the politics of people who happen to be Black?