Alienation, silence and revolution at the DNC


I don't know if party politics is supposed to be a zero sum game, where each side gets something it wants and reaches a consensus to ignore the rest, but I have seen that in the hearts of many Bernie Sanders delegates at the Democratic National Convention, last week, there was a feeling of being… Continue reading Alienation, silence and revolution at the DNC

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Broken government comes from a broken electorate


"It stung like hell." - Georgia Democratic Party Chair, DuBose Porter, in a conciliatory email to party activists If a dramatic election happens and no one votes, does it still mean the electorate changes to purple? The finger pointing over who was to blame for Tuesday's devastating losses started as soon as the polls closed… Continue reading Broken government comes from a broken electorate

It’s Not Over until the Lady in the Pantsuit Sings


The Seething from the Clinton CampAfter the Rules & Bylaws Committee reached its decision Saturday, Hillary's staunch supporters on the committee - Harold Ickes and Tina Flournoy - issued a statement on Hillary's website, saying, "This decision [to take delegates away from Hillary in Michigan] violates the bedrock principles of our democracy and our Party."What… Continue reading It’s Not Over until the Lady in the Pantsuit Sings

So Much to Talk About


Holding On to My Voice It has been a long time since I last posted, and I have a lot on my mind. Part of the time I was sick with that flu thing that's been going around. Now, my wife has it. I used a lot of my free time to edit a tribute… Continue reading So Much to Talk About

Behind the Curtain


Pay No Attention to the Politician Behind the CurtainThere is a shadow play going on behind the shroud, and like the characters in an old cartoon, the shaded shapes creep in apparent self awareness, while we cheer and jeer the performances of those who cast them. The hidden machinations of the players bear little resemblance… Continue reading Behind the Curtain

Barack in Atlanta: Real Deal vs. Real Ideal


There are many among us for whom political rhetoric is like a tampon commercial. We groan at the grossness and change the channel. Just like a tampon, the parties push their elite politicians on us whenever a new cycle comes around. They hope that we will buy into the promise of a worry free life,… Continue reading Barack in Atlanta: Real Deal vs. Real Ideal

Driving America Into the Ground


"Let's see how long it takes for the Democrats to drive America into the ground," she said, and she said it viscerally, with an angry passion usually reserved for Hitler, the KKK or an ex-spouse.Her biting comment was sparked by friend and frequent PnT contributor Bruce Kay, who had purposely worn a vintage Humphrey-Muskie button… Continue reading Driving America Into the Ground

Break a Leg


Hold the cheers.Hit the lights.It appears a fungal pall has settled on the smooth marble walls and old leather chairs of the showpiece of political drama, the US Capitol. Like an aged theatre welcoming yet another revival of Annie, Get Your Gun, the building where our legislators do the people's business is filled with a… Continue reading Break a Leg