An affirmative case for Hillary Clinton


"It wasn’t lost on everybody—including some in the press—that her principal transgression actually seemed to be that she was a woman who said what she thought instead of quietly receding into the conventionally accepted political staging." - from a Politico article about how a 60 Minutes appearance in 1992 planted in the minds of Americans… Continue reading An affirmative case for Hillary Clinton

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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

Vote your blue heart out, even in a red state


I live in Georgia, a red state that has had Democrats wringing their hands for almost twenty years. The state legislature has been under Republican control since 2003. There hasn't been a Democrat elected to statewide office since 2008. Yes, there's always talk of the state being in play in a national election, and we… Continue reading Vote your blue heart out, even in a red state

Hillary’s establishment pragmatic idealisim vs. Bernie’s political revolution


Let's call this fight over now, before we go any farther than we already have. Being a liberal progressive and being an establishment candidate or cause are not mutually exclusive. There is little doubt that groups like Planned Parenthood and the Human Rights Campaign are on the front lines, fighting for progressive causes everyday. There's… Continue reading Hillary’s establishment pragmatic idealisim vs. Bernie’s political revolution

When it comes to voting, it’s not all about that base


Senior citizens and college students, Wall Street bankers and the religious right, Southerners and African Americans, industrial magnates and union workers: if you're in one of those groups, and a handful of others, chances are either Republicans or Democrats think they can already count on your vote on election day. They call those monoliths the… Continue reading When it comes to voting, it’s not all about that base

Love and electability – the candidates come a-courting


You know you've felt it, the glaring double-take from friends who can't believe you are pulling for Bernie Sanders. "You know he's unelectable," they say, referring to his independent affiliation in Congress and his longstanding identification as a Democratic Socialist. Eight years ago, those were the people saying the same thing about Barack Obama. And… Continue reading Love and electability – the candidates come a-courting

‘Two dimensions of otherness’ – the Syrian refugee crisis migrates to America


"Each new American citizen brings a unique set of skills and experiences which they can use to improve our communities and our nation. And each of them can help renew our shared hope that unlimited possibilities are available to everyone who embraces the opportunities that this country offers under its Constitution." - León Rodríguez, Director… Continue reading ‘Two dimensions of otherness’ – the Syrian refugee crisis migrates to America

Will the power of impassioned politicians work down-ticket?


Curiouser and curiouser. It's like Alice herself is guiding us through the United States of Wonderland's early primary season going into the 2016 presidential elections. Showmanship and passionate authenticity seem to be ruling the day, while establishment electoral politics sits bemused on a mushroom. Just how long can this go on? With the angry Republican… Continue reading Will the power of impassioned politicians work down-ticket?

Huckabee’s monolithic view will get him shoved to the exit door


For Christian evangelicals like Mike Huckabee, support for Israel is, and has always been, of a single purpose: to bring all the Jews to the tiny Mediterranean country so that they can make them convert or die, and prepare the world for the Second Coming. Pundits are calling the former Arkansas governor's remark about the… Continue reading Huckabee’s monolithic view will get him shoved to the exit door

Bottoms up – starting a conversation for change in the rural South


"I've always believed that change doesn't come from the top down; it comes from the bottom up." -President Barack Obama, September, 2009 It's been Obama's mantra since the beginning of his administration, and even before, when he first ran for president in 2008. Search whitehouse.gov for "top down bottom up," and you will be overwhelmed… Continue reading Bottoms up – starting a conversation for change in the rural South