Wanted a revolution, got the wrong one


Bernie Sanders fought for a social revolution with the goal of economic prosperity for every American. Instead, we got an economic revolution with the goal of greater prosperity for wealthy Americans and the global oligarchy, and motivated more by a need for power for some than a call to serve all. That revolution is led by… Continue reading Wanted a revolution, got the wrong one

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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

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?

Bernie Sanders heats up record crowd in Phoenix


Bernie Sanders drew 11,000 people to a convention center floor, Saturday night. You know, one of those cavernous spaces you could put a passenger jet in. It was the largest campaign event of any candidate this season, and it broke his record crowd of 10,000 in Madison, Wisconsin, a couple of weeks ago. But this… Continue reading Bernie Sanders heats up record crowd in Phoenix

Dying in custody – a most necessary conversation


Oh freedom, Oh freedom, Oh freedom over me And before I'll be a slave, I'll be buried in my grave And go home to my lord and be free Lulled and complacent among a couple of thousand righteous liberals and progressives, what should be seen is often easily hidden. The obvious remains obscured behind conversations… Continue reading Dying in custody – a most necessary conversation