"...Thus, it largely comes down to which side gets more of its reliable voters to the polls ... to vote against the other party."
One of the main problems with our constitutional republic, based upon an idea, is that most people are not good with theory and principle
The minimum wage does not provide a living wage for most American families.
It's a funny thing. Back in the sixties and seventies, we were all sure that the FBI WAS a criminal enterprise that spent its time spying on the anti-war movement
The thing about Trump, the huge thing about Trump, is that he gets it. He’s the Only Sane Politician. Everything that’s obvious to you but not obvious to the politicians and the media
I didn’t hear anything in the morning when it happened. I was downstairs getting breakfast. I don’t think any shots were fired at the FBI building.
What do privacy and democracy have in common?
Proverbs 11:29: He that troubleth his own house shall inherit the wind: and the fool shall be servant to the wise in heart.
My view has always been that Trump managing to clear this bar only says something about the way that we think about intelligence
There are some who see making a profit as an element or component of good citizenship and patriotism.
O, let America be America again— The land that never has been yet— And yet must be—the land where every man is free.
An astute constitutional originalist or textualist might easily conclude that forced pregnancy is subsumed into the phrase; "involuntary servitude".
Clarence Thomas is on the Court because he's a special kind of house Negro and a garden variety hypocrite who got lucky...
...the party of small government and conservative judicial restraint has brought the country beyond autocratic rule...
“A lie can travel around the world and back again while the truth is lacing up its boots.”—Mark Twain
Trump has succeeded in instinctively tapping into this American reflex and created a persona made out of political whole cloth.
If Trump was a black man...
Trump's MAGA movement and cult resonates, either intuitively or instinctively, with nearly half of the predominately white American population who America 'belongs' to white folks...
You want effective gun control? I've said this repeatedly: Advise and urge black people to exercise their 2nd Amendment right to keep and bear arms...
The hyperbolic punchline is as apt and accurate today as it was more than 20 years ago.
The juxtaposition of the terms can explain, to a degree, the Trump phenomenon with a through line...
This particular path comes from wondering about Palestinian self-determination. I’ve noticed that the Palestinians seem far more concerned with getting the Jews out of Israel
A leaked memo indicates that five members of the sitting Supreme Court of the United States are on record favoring the reversal of Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that made abortion legal
THERE IS NO CONSTITUTIONAL GUARANTEE THAT PROTECTS THE RIGHT TO PURCHASE, OWN OR MANUFACTURE AMMUNITION.
Black people have been saddled at birth with the burden of overcoming this social, political, legal, and cultural barrier through the entirety of the history of this country.
If you really want to know where the bar is re spouses of federal judges, read the entire statute.
"Did you notice who we just passed?" I asked my wife. She hadn't. "Madeline Albright." "You're right."
The Ukrainians did not want the Russian warship there. Telling them to go to Naples seems like a reasonable thing to say in that circumstance.
Vladimir Putin recently brought up the idea of using nuclear weapons. When he talked about invading Ukraine he wasn’t bluffing. About using nuclear weapons
“….it’s such an ignorant thing to do if the Russians love their children too…”
The concept of bluffing is not limited to how a bluff works in a game.
Quora is a site where people pose questions and whoever feels like it answers them, with or without listing credentials. I sometimes find questions I’m interested in answering
It has been said that democracy is not the best form of government, but it is the best we have. I find this analysis to be valid because it allows for choice, and the accountability for those choices.
"Putin isn't playing chess. He's playing poker, and he is bluffing."
The Constitution of the United States of America Amendment 14, Section 3
Trump cultists believe that they are demonstrating their fealty to Trump and his MAGA movement by refusing to get vaccinated and wear masks.
Today is a little different, though. Did you notice? The tanks are back. In our American morning, there is still a sort of silence. We can pretend that coffee time is the same, but tanks are being called to an assembly in Europe and the noise is rising.
Frankly speaking, diplomacy, as such, won't work with an individual who is incapable of responding to anything other than the power of money and military might.
Individuality became a power to rival the power systems created by humans since humans settled onto plots of land and started declaring ownership of it…and the people on it…and women.
The impact of Kings speech and the nonviolence of the Civil Rights Movement can be heard in the speech given by LBJ as he addressed a joint session of Congress in 1965...
A short footnote for Kamala Harris' and her fundraisers.
Nowhere in the Trump manifesto is there any sort of reference to Jeffersonian Equality and/or Madisonian Democracy.
While it is said that the truth will prevail, it must also be said that the truth cannot prevail if we don't know what the truth is...
Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity.
Ex-officer Kim Potter found guilty on two counts of manslaughter
If you care about democracy at all, this is must see TV:
”Will this institution survive the stench that this creates in the public perception that the Constitution and its reading are just political acts?”
At the end of the day, the Arbery verdict is about what equal justice under law is supposed to look, sound, and feel like...
...and all else being exactly the same...
It begins with the disregard of fundamental human and civil rights and the declaration that the very presence of the "other" in the general population is somehow fraudulent and illegal...
it’s a one sentence post, just read it
The people who are in control of the vagueries of gas and oil production and prices in this country are not friends of Joe Biden or Democracy.
The defense attorney here is the embodiment of 'living history' and provides us with the opportunity to relive history in real time without the need for a dramatic reenactment...
"In general, the reason the Democratic Party always sounds so helplessly incoherent is because its lawmakers are trying to simultaneously appease their corporate donors and look like they are fulfilling their public promises to fix problems created by those corporate donors.
Democrats need to stop selling the recipe...
Subsequent to a contempt citation, the presiding officer of the chamber can be instructed to refer the matter to the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia.
there are a lot of politicians and judges…not really trying to reduce the number of abortions in America by the most logical means, which would be reducing the number of unwanted pregnancies, putting the lie to what this issue is really about.
Would the country be able to withstand the aftermath of a Trump guilty verdict?
In short, government mandates re public education and public health are as American as apple pie and the flag.
When lies and hypocrisy are treated as the rhetorical and moral equivalents of truth and fact In public discourse, reason and reasonableness no longer matter.
Bill Baird gave a single condom and some contraceptive foam to a female Boston University undergraduate. He was promptly arrested for violating the Massachusetts Crimes Against Chastity law in 1967. In 1972, SCOTUS overturned the law.
Like its 1850 precursor re slavery, this law is not as much about abortion as it is about oppression.
The top House Republican said his party would retaliate against any company that cooperated with an order to preserve the phone and social media records of G.O.P. lawmakers
Defending democracy is not one man's job. Defending democracy is not a spectator sport.
It’s a one sentence post
The Republican message to nonwhite people who wish to exercise the right to vote: What's in your wallet?
Why isn't this enough?
It's virtually impossible to get people to stop lying to you, when they won't stop lying to themselves and each other.
If America doesn't continue to evolve toward a multiracial, multicultural egalitarian democracy it must surely devolve into a plutocratic autocracy predicated on white supremacy....
It doesn't seem possible that both Barack Obama and Ted Cruz. graduated from Harvard Law School.
The problem with looking at wealth is that we don’t have a sense of scale.
It may well be that his long range plan is to wait until Trump himself becomes politically irrelevant due to federal and state prosecutions.
A small diatribe on the subject of what is happening to the American experiment in self-government.
Legislative bipartisanship is little more than a rabbit hole the exploration of which will accomplish nothing more than the waste of the time remaining on the legislative clock that will run out by the end of July.
That’s over 4,000 attempts to kill civilians. If this was being done on the ground we’d call it terrorism, which is of course what it is.
Since testimony began on March 29, at least 64 people have died at the hands of law enforcement nationwide, with Black and Latino people representing more than half of the dead. The average was more than three killings a day.
In case you’re wondering what liberal Zionism looks like outside of me
"We did it in Iowa and nobody noticed." ----Jessica Anderson
"Remaining silent and ignoring the lie emboldens the liar." ---- Liz Cheney
We know what happened on January 6th, 2021.
If Israel wants East Jerusalem to be considered other than occupied territory, it is incumbent on the Israeli government to treat the Arab population there like they are treated within Israel’s borders and not like they are treated in occupied territories.
It’s 2020, President Hillary Clinton runs for reelection and loses. She does not, however, accept her loss.
One sentence post, you don’t need an exerpt
In short, Trump is the composite face of the white people who fear becoming the numerical, political, and social minority in America.
Losing to people who would destroy American Democracy and establish an Americanized version of apartheid, rule by the white minority, is not an option.
To this day you would be hard pressed to find a Yankee fan who would relent and accept the fact of the umpire's call at the plate.
Given the current political climate, proof of vaccination may well become an element of exercising the right to vote, travel, see a movie, or a ball game.
Narry a word about the colonials taking over the ramparts and the airports!
"It is an important step toward economic, social, and racial justice, and an economy that works for all Americans.”
Has anything changed?
I have often asked: When, oh when will white people put a stop to this shit?! Pat Robertson and I may be on common ground here.
Why did American policing get so big, so fast? The answer, mainly, is slavery.
Art thou more afeared of side effects than of death?
see attached clip from Ben-Hur
It’s a one sentence post. There’s no sense in reading an excerpt, particularly given that this excerpt contains one more sentence than the post does.
The poll — which was conducted July 9-12, before the death of civil rights leader Rep. John Lewis — found that a majority of voters, 56 percent, say that American society is racist, while 40 percent disagree.
A Democratic president from Texas--a Democratic president who had been a segregationist for most of his career--finally and firmly embraced civil rights.
In a 'whites only' America, the votes of nonwhite citizens are fraudulent by definition.
“Because it puts us at a disadvantage relative to Democrats.”
You’d think that with all that weather-related power grid crap that the Texas government wouldn’t do anything else stupid. You’d think.
On August 29, 2011, I published a post on Open Salon called “Governor Perry’s Flirtation With Secession.” I’m reprinting it here, with an epilogue.
Domestic terrorism is a national problem. It should also be a federal crime.
Without accountability, there can be no decency. Without decency, there can be no democracy.
Seeing it was jarring. I’ve never had a negative reaction to it before. It means something different now.