The public consensus has shifted, and now at least a few leaders are starting to soften up the political terrain for a real discussion about legalization and drug policy reform.
This week, via White House aide Larry Summers, we got a very concrete, easy-to-understand example of how our pay-to-play political system really works.
This week, I did something I've really never done in my newspaper column -- I went for the full-on, all-out sarcasm/satire to make a point about our economy and our corrupt campaign finance system.
The right exhibits a nasty authoritarian streak that lets them, offer up interpretations of what is and isn't "legitimate" in a democracy -- they are most willing to do this on divisive issues like gay marriage.
Coming up on the 10-year anniversary of the Columbine massacre, we still don't realize that random violence is a product of many deeper factors than access to weapons and Xboxes.
We can't let the Right try to fabricate a storyline and revise history about the Bush administration -- and more generally, Bush administration policy.
The tea party demonstrations are worthy of criticism, considering they are trying to champion the very conservative ideological agenda that created the problems allegedly being protested.
I think I speak for myself and anyone who ever lived in Pennsylvania that it's really hard to believe this. But even as we applaud Specter for switching parties, we shouldn't simply concede the primary.