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

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

The problem with Clinton nostalgia


Let's start with, on the whole, I'm a big fan of Hillary Clinton. She commits. She works hard. She gets thing done.Her impressive performance as secretary of state made sure that the good ship Hillary never bottomed out, buoyed by a tide of political good will, domestically and abroad. The energy of, let's call it… Continue reading The problem with Clinton nostalgia

No patriotism in isolationism – not then, not now


Arachnoid behavior manifests when the web twitches in a connected world. A disturbance somewhere is felt everywhere. Gone is the luxury of isolationism that was argued as a matter of principle during the European upheavals less than a century ago. As Eleanor Roosevelt pointed out in a 1938 letter to a journalist : "[T]he trouble… Continue reading No patriotism in isolationism – not then, not now