Voting Rights, Democracy, and the “Dignity of Man”

By: Sunday March 3, 2013 9:30 am

Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments on a challenge to the constitutionality of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The conservative justices lobbed hostile and for the most part uninformed questions at defenders of the historic legislation. It’s obvious that those judges couldn’t give a fig about the dignity of man or the destiny of democracy.

 

The Smoke of Ocoee: The Assault on Voting Rights

By: Sunday August 19, 2012 9:30 am

Aided and abetted by activist judges with grudges, America’s right wing has made it easier for corporations and harder for actual humans to influence elections. Let that sink in.

Corporations are people, the Right says, while actual people are in the way. In Pennsylvania and elsewhere, new voter suppression laws threaten to deny the franchise to millions of Americans. Meanwhile, corporations are funneling millions of dollars to candidates who promise to get those actual people out of the way of their inhuman ambitions.

No Matter What He Now Claims, Romney Has Embraced Paul Ryan’s Budget

By: Monday August 13, 2012 9:00 am

Despite what Romney may try to claim to avoid uncomfortable questions about, e.g., wanting to “voucherize” Medicare by selecting Ryan as his running mate, Romney has fully embraced Paul Ryan’s budget and related tax proposals and spending cuts.

Has Your Member of Congress Told President Obama to Issue an Executive Order on ENDA?

By: Thursday May 3, 2012 10:41 am

The simple truth is that no one should lose their jobs based on their sexual identity or orientation, and the President’s executive order is the fastest and easiest way to prevent this discrimination.

FDL Movie Night: “The Man Nobody Knew”

By: Monday October 31, 2011 5:00 pm

“Your father is a murderer”

Was he? Or did William Colby act for what he saw as the highest good for America and the the world? Are the two mutually exclusive? Can we ever really know our families? These questions and more are at the center of The Man Nobody Knew, a portrait of William Colby, by his son and Emmy-award winning director, Carl Colby, our guest tonight.

Getting “Tough” in the Debt Ceiling Debate Means More Than Words

By: Thursday June 30, 2011 10:30 am

I must say, I’m getting tired of the hand-wringing on the left about how unreasonable Republicans are being and how “strong” Obama was yesterday. Of course Republicans are being unreasonable: they’re threatening to blow up the global economy rather than raise taxes on rich people in an era of historically-low taxes for rich people. Does anyone expect crazy people to act any other way but crazy?

A Non-Post on a Non-Event: Debt Limit Stasis

By: Thursday June 2, 2011 4:36 pm

Do we know what the President’s goals are, outside of getting a “win”?

Obama, Aides Should Stay Away from LBJ Comparisons

By: Wednesday September 29, 2010 9:01 am

One explanation put forth for why President Obama and his aides are so upset with the liberal base of the Democratic Party is that they believe Obama has achieved legislative success rivaling that of President Lyndon Johnson, but the base does not appreciate this success. Even NPR’s Mara Liasson easily refuted the “success” aspect of the comparison, but the comparison to LBJ is an especially poor choice for a number of other reasons, as well.

Hike On! Stewart Udall’s Legacy from Sea to Shining Sea

By: Wednesday March 24, 2010 6:00 am

Stewart Udall, Secretary of the Interior under Presidents Johnson and Kennedy, passed away at the age of 90 on Saturday. Rather than repeat obituaries’ biographic details, this diary pays photographic tribute to his life’s passion, our wild public lands.

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