We Liberals Have to Stop Being so Damn Smug

[dropcap]I[/dropcap] didn’t vote for Trump. I consider myself a liberal with a small “l.” I believe in the value of basic humanity, diversity, and the freedom of religion enshrined in the constitution. Donald Trump was a candidate who seemed to respect none of those values, and the idea of him ascending to the Oval Office filled…

Nothing Left – The long, slow surrender of American liberals

[mks_dropcap style=”letter” size=”60″ bg_color=”#ffffff” txt_color=”#000000″]F[/mks_dropcap]or nearly all the twentieth century there was a dynamic left in the United States grounded in the belief that unrestrained capitalism generated unacceptable social costs. That left crested in influence between 1935 and 1945, when it anchored a coalition centered in the labor movement, most significantly within the Congress of…

Christian Terrorist Charged With Plotting Mass Shooting

Self-identified Christian warrior arrested for making terrorist threats. [perfectpullquote align=”right” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]One might wonder: Why isn’t this story being covered by mainstream media? Oh, that’s right. He’s not a Muslim. Imagine the media reaction if instead of being a “Christian warrior,” Cuellar had pledged allegiance to Allah.[/perfectpullquote] A Las Vegas man has…

New Orleans’ Upper 9th Ward Resembles A Zombie Apocalypse

Uninhabitable flood-damaged homes, overgrown streets and the stench of mold are more suggestive of a horror movie than a suburban community. Monday marks 11 years since Hurricane Katrina devastated the Upper 9th Ward, a predominantly African-American neighborhood. Yet, the area remains littered with remnants of former residents’ shattered lives. Blocks of storm-ravaged homes, piles of…

Clinton’s Transition Team: A Corporate Presidency Foretold

[perfectpullquote align=”right” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]”The transition team is one of the absolute most important things in the world for a new administration.”[/perfectpullquote] Like other Bernie Sanders delegates in Philadelphia a few weeks ago, I kept hearing about the crucial need to close ranks behind Hillary Clinton. “Unity” was the watchword. But Clinton has…

The Scourge of Neoliberalism: Why the Democratic Party Is Failing the Poor

[dropcap]W[/dropcap]hen Democrats began their rightward lurch in the late 1960’s, they were not content to merely broaden their coalition in order to quell the rise of the ultra-reactionary right; they have been concerned, also, with preventing left-wing insurgencies that could spook their patrons and push the party left. After Ronald Reagan’s decisive victories — first in 1980 against an incumbent…

Hillary Clinton, Secretary of War

Five ways Hillary Clinton used the State Department to maintain and expand US power across the globe. [mks_dropcap style=”circle” size=”65″ bg_color=”#dddddd” txt_color=”#000000″]D[/mks_dropcap]uring the 2008 campaign, Barack Obama relentlessly criticized Hillary Clinton for supporting the Iraq War. Today, he can’t say enough good things about his hawkish former secretary of state. “Nothing truly prepares you for…