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Entries by Peter Dreier from 05/2012

Happy Birthday, Pete Seeger

| Posted 05.03.2012 | Politics

Today is Pete Seeger's 93rd birthday. What's an appropriate gift for the most influential folk artist of the 20th century? A few years ago some of Pete's fans launched a campaign to nominate him for the Nobel Peace Prize. It is time to resurrect that effort.

Why Has Milwaukee Forgotten Victor Berger?

| Posted 05.06.2012 | Politics

Unless we know our history, we will have little understanding of how far we have come, how we got here, and how that progress was made thanks to the moral convictions and political skills of great Americans like Victor Berger.

Are There Any Responsible Republicans Out There?

| Posted 05.11.2012 | Politics

The defeat Tuesday of Senator Richard Lugar of Indiana in the Republican primary -- trounced by a Tea-Partier -- is one more nail in the coffin of the...

Obama's and America's Remarkable Evolution on Gay Rights

| Posted 05.11.2012 | Gay Voices

Historians will no doubt view President Obama's announcement favoring same-sex marriage as an historic statement, parallel to those of FDR on workers' rights and LBJ on civil rights. But like FDR and LBJ, Obama's endorsement was due to a combination of personal belief and political opportunity.

Rosa Parks and Mother Teresa -- Justice vs. Charity

| Posted 05.14.2012 | Politics

On Thursday the Washington National Cathedral dedicated a new stone carving of Rosa Parks. It will be displayed in the Cathedral's Human Rights Porch. Rosa Parks deserves to be in the same human rights pantheon as Bishop Romero and Eleanor Roosevelt. But not Mother Teresa.

Activists Visit Geithner's Home to Ask "Which Side Are You On?"

| Posted 05.20.2012 | Politics

The protesters consider Geithner the key architect of Obama's economic recovery plan and the loudest voice within the president's inner circle for taking a "hands off" approach to tougher government rules to tame Wall Street's risky practices.