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Could The South Be Good For The Libertarian Party?

John A. Tures | Posted 10.07.2016 | Politics
John A. Tures

Southerners are downright feisty about their independence. There's a great sign at a park on the Alabama-Tennessee border which proclaims "We Dare Defend Our Rights!" Yet this rebellious streak doesn't seem to translate to independent candidates or third party challengers, who tend to fare poorly in Dixie.

Trump Republican Reality Show Coming to an End in a Few Weeks

Diane M. Francis | Posted 08.14.2016 | Politics
Diane M. Francis

Donald Trump is not the first crackpot to run for president of the United States, and probably won’t be the last. The nature of the presidential for...

Trump, His Virus and the Dark Age of Unreason

Bill Moyers | Posted 06.17.2016 | Politics
Bill Moyers

The ghost of Joseph McCarthy lives on in Donald Trump as he accuses President Obama of treason, slanders women, mocks people with disabilities, and impugns every politician or journalist who dares call him out for the liar and bamboozler he is.

In 2016, Trump Is Wallace. Clinton Is Nixon.

Eoin Higgins | Posted 06.06.2016 | Politics
Eoin Higgins

Regular readers will recognize a bit of an obsession with the US presidential election of 1968 and how it relates to the 2016 cycle.

As Trump Uses Fascist Germany's Playbook, A Faithful Democracy Must Fight Back

Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie | Posted 06.03.2016 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie

Faithful adherence to democratic values will be the key to defeating Donald Trump in November. Trump is a demagogue and such people feed on chaos.

The Ghosts of '68 Haunt the Election of 2016

Michael Winship | Posted 05.13.2016 | Politics
Michael Winship

Watching the mad, mad, mad, mad world that is the 2016 presidential campaign, I was trying to remember a presidential campaign that was as jaw-dropping, at least in my lifetime, and easily settled on 1968.

Misogyny and Politics are Strange Bedfellows

Barbara Hammond | Posted 04.28.2016 | Politics
Barbara Hammond

Have that many women completely lost their self-esteem? Do they really believe we should be treated as second-class citizens? Isn't it bad enough we still have to fight to get equal pay for equal work? It certainly won't happen with a Drumpf for president, or any Republican, for that matter. Not even Kasich.

How Will We Remember the 2016 Presidential Election

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 04.28.2016 | Politics
Lincoln Mitchell

American presidential elections are an extraordinary combination of politics, theater and marathon. The 2016 election, which is still more than six months from being over, is proving to be no exception.

American Independent Dirty Tricks

Sebastian Ridley-Thomas | Posted 04.20.2016 | Politics
Sebastian Ridley-Thomas

This is critical for democracy to have complete information and a well-informed electorate. Confusing voter categories undermine transparency and accountability in elections.

America's Degenerate Pornolitics

Allen Schmertzler | Posted 04.06.2016 | Politics
Allen Schmertzler

Politics is now a bona-fide blood sport supported by cage-fight debates and political rallies too dangerous for dissent and folks of color.

Trumpismo! and American Fascism

Steven Conn | Posted 03.19.2016 | Politics
Steven Conn

Serious people are now using the "f word" - fascist - to describe the Donald Trump phenomenon.

Who Said It: Reality TV Star Donald Trump Or Segregationist George Wallace?

The Huffington Post | Dana Liebelson | Posted 03.14.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- GOP front-runner Donald Trump has built his campaign on white fear, populism and threats against protesters. It's not surprising he's dr...

Trumpism Sucker-Punches America

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 03.14.2016 | Politics
Ian Reifowitz

A President Trump would turn our country into a place where violence becomes a tool used by the government in order to maintain authority, just as it was, to cite the most egregious example, during the era of Jim Crow. We must not let that happen.

American Demagogues: Joe McCarthy and Donald Trump

Steven M. Gillon | Posted 03.10.2016 | Politics
Steven M. Gillon

It is difficult to watch Donald Trump's ascent in the Republican Party this election season, without drawing parallels to another uniquely American demagogue: Wisconsin senator Joseph McCarthy.

A Republican President and Democratic Vice President?

Michael Zucker | Posted 03.09.2016 | Politics
Michael Zucker

A Republican Party that rejects Donald Trump after he had led the entire field by substantial margins for almost a year could stimulate a seismic political revolt leading to a third party campaign. Trumpites would legitimately complain that the nomination had been stolen from him.

The Diversionary Theory of Racism

John A. Tures | Posted 03.04.2016 | Politics
John A. Tures

Beneath the white sheets of racism, you often find an integrationist, more scared of losing an election than following a conscience.

Dirty Political Tricks From American Politics Done Dirt Cheap

Rich Rubino | Posted 03.01.2016 | Politics
Rich Rubino

Republican Presidential candidate Ted Cruz is taking heat for dirty tricks allegedly orchestrated by his campaign. The tactics used by the Cruz campaign are reminiscent of those used in previous political campaigns, sometimes without even the knowledge of the candidate.

Striving for a New Legacy on MLK Day

Verelyn Gibbs Watson | Posted 01.14.2017 | Politics
Verelyn Gibbs Watson

This Martin Luther King Jr. Day we will remember this brave, peaceful man with stirring speeches and events. But, in the effort to respectfully commemorate him, I wonder if we aren't in some ways diminishing the horrific struggle he and other civil rights leaders had to face.

George Wallace's Daughter Says Roy Moore Is Worse Than Her Dad

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 01.05.2017 | Politics

Peggy Wallace Kennedy, the daughter of segregationist Alabama Gov. George Wallace, penned an op-ed criticizing Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy...

The Rhetorical Brilliance of Trump the Demagogue

The Conversation US | Posted 12.12.2016 | Politics
The Conversation US

Trump possesses an arrogance and volatility that makes most voters recoil. So how has he maintained a grip on a segment of the Republican base that - at least, for now - seems unshakable?

Muslim Congressman Calls Trump's Bigotry Out Of Style, Like 'Very Negative Bell-Bottoms'

The Huffington Post | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 12.08.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump faced a wave of criticism on Capitol Hill Tuesday over his call to bar all Muslims from entering the United States. Rep. Ke...

Marco Rubio and the Shallow Pit of American Politics

Paul Stoller | Posted 11.12.2016 | Politics
Paul Stoller

Politicians like Pat McGrory, Rick Scott and alas, Marco Rubio seem to consider the general pursuit of knowledge not only a waste of time but a waste of taxpayer dollars.

Bigotry and Repression in 'Religious' Guise

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 09.15.2016 | Religion
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Kim Davis certainly does not walk in the footsteps of progressive leaders who took a stand to improve circumstances for oppressed people. Rather, she follows the muddled path of such people as Alabama Governor George Wallace.

George Wallace, Rosa Parks, Stokely Carmichael, and the LGBTQ Movement Beyond Marriage

Lisa Stulberg | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Lisa Stulberg

Gov. George Wallace is a reminder that recognition of basic legal rights is an essential start but just a beginning and is insufficient on its own. Rosa Parks and Stokely Carmichael are reminders that the only way to forever remove George Wallace from our schoolhouse door is to marry the fight for legal equality with a vigorous fight for community strength and vitality.

... And Justice for All

Paula Gordon | Posted 04.23.2015 | Politics
Paula Gordon

I'm a little emotional about same-sex couples accepting Alabama Probate Judges' time-honored offer to newlyweds "You may kiss". These marriages are all the sweeter because when we were married by an Alabama Probate Judge three decades ago, it was a very different world. Sorta.