The Inevitability of Democratic Dry-Doperism

By: Sunday November 23, 2014 7:02 pm

As cannabis legalization is forced by the will of the people in state after state and as medical researchers discover the usefulness of the substance after 80 years of the federal government’s suppression of medical research, we can expect to see more self-serving Democratic politicians sheepishly come to grips with Legal Cannabis America and reverse course on the subject.


Late Night: Some of Us Still Remember . . .

By: Wednesday November 19, 2014 8:00 pm

The current president knows damn well that the “conservative” agenda is repulsive, that it is malevolent, that it is fascist to the core. That brutal reality cannot be concealed no matter how many times it is portrayed as “free market capitalism” on Fox News, no matter how many times it is glorified as “liberty” on rightwing hate radio, no matter how many times the corporate media tries to sanitize it.

The “midterm elections” are over, and we’ve seen once again that Democrats are incapable of telling the truth about any of this, they are complicit in it, and their token and temporary resistance to the relentless “conservative” assault on democracy has no meaning or value whatsoever.

Late Night: The Democratic Party’s Performance in the 2014 Election

By: Wednesday November 12, 2014 8:00 pm

Because political affiliation is based on something akin to religious feeling or dogma, there are those who will never vote Democratic, ever. It is not productive to focus on why, just acknowledge that they exist. There’s no point in wasting energy on converting someone who is not interested. As was once said about the two competing theories of light, Newton’s corpuscular and Huygens’s wave theory, which eventually settled on wave theory, Huygens was asked how he convinced the corpuscular camp to believe in his theory. His response was “I didn’t, they died”.

The 2014 Midterms: Economic Class Issues Trumped Identity Politics

By: Sunday November 9, 2014 5:20 pm

Ever since the decline of the American Empire really got going with the Oil Embargo of October 1973, the Democratic Party has been sliding more or less steadily to the right, and by that I mean towards the interests of capitalists. This trend really accelerated during the Clinton Administration, and has been going full throttle ever since.

The Democrats have masked this slide to the right by using identity politics as a way to get voters whose economic interests are diametrically opposed to the interests of the Democrats’ big money donors to turn out and vote for them anyway.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes George Lakoff, The ALL NEW Don’t Think of an Elephant!: Know Your Values and Frame the Debate

By: Saturday November 8, 2014 1:59 pm

The ALL NEW Don’t Think of an Elephant!: Know Your Values and Frame the Debate

The subtitle of the book is “Know your Values and Frame the Debate.” The sub-subtitle is, “The essential progressive guide for the issues that define our future: climate, inequality, immigration, healthcare. and more.”

Just reading the cover overwhelmed me. I stopped thinking about that Elephant and moved to, “Those conservative Republican bastards are making the world worse! How could people vote for them! Why did those jerks in the democratic party blow the mid-terms! Who do I punish?”

And then, “Why is my life not getting better? Who do I blame? What can I do? Why can’t I do it? Why am I wasting my time on climate or inequality issues when I have no power to change them since the big money and the conservative media will drown out my voice anyway?” and then finally, “Do I have any Dove dark chocolate left in my bag? I’m getting depressed just thinking about this stuff.”

A Prediction About Election Predictions

By: Tuesday October 28, 2014 2:00 pm

A week out from the election I have a prediction about the professional election predictors. They are going to be very accurate because our federal elections have become extremely predictable. If you know absolutely nothing about the Senate races except for the result of the 2012 Presidential election, you could end up predicting between 80-97 percent of all Senate races correctly this year.

Based on just this information, you would predict the Republicans would end up with 51 seats.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Heather Cox Richardson, To Make Men Free: A History of The Republican Party

By: Sunday October 5, 2014 1:59 pm

Heather Cox Richardson has a gift for seeing the connections in American history—for synthesizing a picture that makes sense out of a broad range of elements. She integrates larger economic and cultural developments with the experience of men and women at all levels of society, as well as the decisions and conflicts of policymakers and power brokers. She demonstrated her powers as a writer and historian brilliantly in her books West from Appomattox and Wounded Knee, and does so again in her brilliant To Make Men Free.

The End of the Conservative Democrat

By: Friday September 19, 2014 6:40 pm

There was a time when the role of racial issues and weak national parties left the American political party system, frankly, a sloppy mess. There were liberal Republican senators and actually conservative Democratic members of Congress. Steadily we are watching the holdovers from that time disappear. American political parties are becoming like political parties in the rest of the world, which coalesce around ideological positions.

Take it with a grain of salt…and Americans love taking salt by the pound!

By: Tuesday September 16, 2014 1:30 am

2016 Election, Democrats, Republicans

Democrats’ Unapologetic Support for Israel Enables Daily War Crimes Against Palestinians

By: Thursday July 31, 2014 12:25 pm

Politicians from the Democratic Party in the United States have expressed fervent support for Israel’s assault on Gaza, even going so far as to sponsor multiple resolutions which demonstrate unwavering solidarity and appropriate more funds for weapons and the US-funded missile defense system known as Iron Dome. This support has worked to ensure that the political climate discourages condemnation for war crimes, which Israel now seems to be committing on a daily basis.

Many of the comments in this story could easily have come from the mouths of Republicans. There simply is no political opposition in Congress to the ongoing war in Gaza. In fact, many Democrats are cheering Israel to “finish the job” and “restore the quiet” by doing whatever it takes.

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