Here lies Old Hope

I am at the age when the pattern that leads to the deaths of ill dear ones seems clear. Whether it is a doctor's optimism or the body's stubbornness to give in to mortality, there always seems to be that glimmer of possibility that shows up in the last few hours of being alive. The… Continue reading Here lies Old Hope

The tax compromise – taking the easy points before halftime

[Sports Analogy Warning] Okay, Coach O. It's fourth-and-two, and your team is on the opponent's 20 yard line. You're lead has narrowed, but you still have control of the clock, and most of the coaching staff is still down with your game plan. You expect their support, you're counting on it, at the beginning of… Continue reading The tax compromise – taking the easy points before halftime

Religion poll equates dense, Tea Party dunce demographic to Christian right

"Daily Beast columnist John Avlon called it 'Obama Derangement Syndrome—pathological hatred of the president posing as patriotism,' and says this 'demonizing of our president' has 'infected the Republican Party.'"

Being true to ‘our values’ is never ‘off message’

Since when is a matter of Constitutional principle "off message" for an American president? There can be nothing more on message, nothing more necessary for him to say and important for the entire world to hear, than we are equally tolerant of all faiths.


The Passion of Political PartisanshipPartisan Politics requires three kinds of actions to thrive: to exist, through blind faith and bottomless financing; to replenish its adherents, luring them with passionate, serotonin inducing rhetoric, and fear of what happens if the other side gets control, that makes their hearts beat rapidly and their palm sweat in hungry… Continue reading PoliticaSutra

We Stood Up!

Now it's time to march!When I started this blog in 2005, one of the first comments I made was that we needed to stand up in order to get the one party government Republicans to stand down.In 2006, when we actually started to make some gains, and became the majority party in Congress, it appeared… Continue reading We Stood Up!

Obama Baby Video

This video demonstrates Barack Obama's appeal to young voters. video was written and directed by Bruce Kay.Editing and graphics by yours truly.-PBG

Managing the Conversation for Change

There is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct, or more uncertain in its success, than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order of things.—Niccolo MachiavelliIf national elections in the United States are about one thing, that thing is change. We change from liberal to conservative, from… Continue reading Managing the Conversation for Change

Jingoism, Optimism and Enthusiasm

Obama and the Europeans(I know... it sounds like a fifties group)"It's not only Obama's youth, eloquence and energythat have stolen hearts across the Atlantic. For Europeans,there have always been two Americas: one of cynicism,big business and bullying aggression, another of freedom,fairness and nothing-is-impossible dynamism.If President Bush has been seen as the embodiment ofthat first America,… Continue reading Jingoism, Optimism and Enthusiasm

Yes We Can Say That

Public Finance, FISA and the Death Penalty:The DLC and the Erosion of a Dream Candidate"...the public financing of presidential elections as it exists today is broken," Barack Obama in a video statement about opting out of public financefor his presidential campaign.Having a plausible explanation for a complete reversal of a principal policy does not mean… Continue reading Yes We Can Say That