Redressing the oligarchs, because the money matters


"Congress shall make no law respecting...the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances." - First Amendment to the United States Constitution, and the Bill of Rights We are Constitutionally empowered to redress the actions of our government, or its inaction, in matters both social and… Continue reading Redressing the oligarchs, because the money matters

Voting Rights decision another fine mess for Congress


Before we join our fellow progressives in the justifiable assault on the Supreme Court for its colossally f-ed up decision, Tuesday, in Shelby County v. Holder, which struck down key elements of the pre-clearance provisions of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, let's talk about for whom this mess tolls. It tolls for Congress. "This is… Continue reading Voting Rights decision another fine mess for Congress

SCOTUS arguments show ‘there is still work to do’ on voting rights


There are few words that cut through the perennial story of American pride in its exceptionality, like "racism." That one, ugly social system, propped up over our sordid history by institutional and ideological bulwarks of denial and ignorance, like Jim Crow, is part of the DNA of our country, away from which we are continually… Continue reading SCOTUS arguments show ‘there is still work to do’ on voting rights

War on Obamacare is murdering America


Your lives are being stalked, America, by an elephant wearing a red, white and blue waistcoat, carrying a gun supplied by the National Rifle Association, with a war chest supplied by fossil fuel millionaires like the Koch Brothers, and a hunting license granted by an ignorant and ill informed electorate that will be among the… Continue reading War on Obamacare is murdering America

Protecting a lead – Campaign reform and the SCOTUS hedge


In his article in the current issue of the New Yorker, describing the Supreme Court's machinations in the 2010 Citizens United decision, Jeffrey Toobin informs readers that the attorney for the plaintiff, Ted Olsen, had a specific goal when he was presenting his case to the court in September, 2009. Since this was the case's… Continue reading Protecting a lead – Campaign reform and the SCOTUS hedge