Late Night: Big, Bad, Government

By: Thursday January 9, 2014 8:00 pm

One of the most curiously enduring myths about American politics is that, as a rule, Republicans are disdainful of Big Government and its meddling ways.  And of course, in many ways they are; that is, any part of government that serves a public purpose and meets its constituents’ needs is of course, Hitler and Stalin, put together.

But when Big Government is used just like the aforementioned worthies used it, say, to punish enemies, scapegoat monorities and the poor, spy on radicals, and perhaps start a war or two, its former taint is miraculously wiped away, and they become as fervent as New Dealers.


“No Help for You!” What If Big Government Acted Like the Right Wing Wants?

By: Saturday September 28, 2013 12:50 pm

What if, after a disaster, Big Government treated people with the same cruelty that right-wing conservative Christian politicians say they want? What would that look like?

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Steven Johnson, Future Perfect: The Case for Progress in a Networked Age

By: Sunday December 9, 2012 1:59 pm

One of my great frustrations about the digital age is how poor our language is to explain and understand what is happening in our midst. At the outset of Future Perfect, Johnson offers us a new word to describe an emerging political consciousness: peer progressive. It is an apt term, well-coined. Peer progressives believe in the progress of humanity – that we are on a path of continual improvement, and that the exciting technological innovations of the digital age offer new and compelling ways forward. While embracing a progressive worldview, peer progressives believe in the power of peer-to-peer networks, not institutions. They are “wary of centralized control, but they [are] not free-market libertarians…they [are] equally suspicious of big government and big corporations.”

The Dirty Secret

By: Thursday December 6, 2012 8:00 pm

It isn’t hard to conclude that Senate Republicans made colossal asses of themselves Tuesday, when they successfully (?) scuttled a UN treaty that essentially enshrines US law abroad, rather than the other way around they are always fearing. But considering their already shaky popularity with so much of America, the question is why it was so important for them to do so anyway.

Why Does the Right Wing Hate Anti-Government Preaching?

By: Saturday May 19, 2012 9:00 am

Once upon a time, a certain preacher was attacked for preaching a strong and vivid sermon against confusing God and Government. For this, he was roundly attacked by the right wing.

Today, interestingly enough, that very same right wing is preaching against trusting in government over God, against a government that they claim is trying to take over their religious beliefs.

Why does the right wing hate Jeremiah Wright? His famous sermon is speaking their language, after all. I guess their problem with Wright isn’t really his message. I wonder what it could be . . .

Government That’s Big and Does Create Jobs

By: Thursday August 25, 2011 7:00 pm

While the grindingly slow process of working an initiative through the congress, funding it and getting the agencies at state and local levels into action seems like stasis, eventually the program the administration has worked long and hard for does arrive.

That big government can take so long that it seems impossible, but what it can accomplish with public service from those elected by the taxpayers is a very good use of the taxes we pay.

The Shirley Sherrod Complaint Against Andrew Breitbart

By: Monday February 14, 2011 1:42 pm

Shirley Sherrod is quite a woman, and now she has followed through on her promise and filed a lawsuit against Andrew Breitbart. Ms. Sherrod has come to the dance locked and loaded and with a very compelling story. Andrew Breitbart better strap in, it could be a bumpy ride.

Andrew Breitbart’s ABC Death Will Not Have Been in Vain

By: Thursday November 4, 2010 6:45 pm

Lost in all of the post-election analysis and hoo-hah is the inspiring tale of the death of Andrew Breitbart’s 1st Amendment rights, when ABC totally cock-blocked his opinions, and how this affront to freedom and our fighting men and women has inspired the unpaid drones at his Big Stupid Journalism/Government/Chalupa/Racist sites to be even more citizen journalisty than ever before.

Gerson’s Grasp of Evangelicals is Slipping

By: Tuesday October 5, 2010 9:43 am

To judge by his column in today’s Washington Post, Michael Gerson demonstrates a surprisingly poor grasp of the evangelical world. To say (as Gerson does) that evangelicals fear big government is laughable. They love big government — as long as they get to run it.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Paul Street, The Empire’s New Clothes: Barack Obama in the Real World of Power

By: Saturday September 4, 2010 1:59 pm

Paul Street’s new book, The Empire’s New Clothes, closely examines the first year of the Obama administration, critically evaluating it within a context of strong liberal-Democratic support and fierce – even hysterical right-wing opposition. Barack Obama is seen very differently by Americans. Many see him as a symbol of how far America has come since the days of openly-supported racial segregation and the terroristic violence directed against the black community. Others see Obama as a dangerous “socialist/Marxist” who is threatening the American middle class and crippling future generations with “big government” and “unsustainable” debt.

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