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Who Is a Conservative or Liberal?

Martin Lobel | Posted 02.08.2016 | Media
Martin Lobel

Words have meanings but you'd never know that from the news media's coverage of the primaries. Conservative and Republican, liberal and Democratic are used synonymously in most of the media, but the reality seems to be quite different when you examine the positions of the candidates.

Conservatives Have Earned Their Trump; Liberals Have Not Earned Our Sanders

Leonce Gaiter | Posted 02.05.2016 | Black Voices
Leonce Gaiter

We liberals yearn for instant 'revolution' while holding the ugly political nitty gritty in contempt. We can't even be bothered to show up for a non-presidential election. Instead, we look for a savior who'll turn it all around with a wave of the hand because we consider anything more political than occasional voting beneath us.

Pull Up a Chair, Kids

Lester & Charlie | Posted 02.04.2016 | Comedy
Lester & Charlie

And here he is again, declaring that he's two thinks from declaring candidacy and riding to America's rescue. We admit that it's a bit more complicated this time around -- what with Trump or Cruz barreling toward the GOP nom and Bernie bearing down on Hillary hard.

America Needs a First Lady Who Actually Represents Them

Michael Sainato | Posted 01.27.2016 | Politics
Michael Sainato

The past three first ladies; Michelle Obama, Laura Bush, and Hillary Clinton all share a common insincere, yet polished, demeanor inherent with an aff...

Stopping Fear

Living Room Conversations | Posted 01.13.2016 | Impact
Living Room Conversations

Since that awful day in 2001, I've been very clear about one thing. Fear is a weapon. Those who seek to control us, the people, wield fear as a weapon to control our reaction, our attention and pervert our American values. But what is fear, really?

2015 Year in Review: What We Can Learn From Prejudice in an Era of Globalization

Jeff Singh | Posted 12.31.2015 | Politics
Jeff Singh

The world is becoming more and more globalized with multiple cultures crossing paths like never before. That trend is not going anywhere, it is on the rise. How we relate with each other and how we raise each other in this globalized world is the question

Terrorism Has No Religion

Leslie Marshall | Posted 12.15.2015 | Politics
Leslie Marshall

No religion condones killing. And no religion should be blamed for murder. Although the terrorists in San Bernardino are referred to as Muslims, they are not.

Ben Carson Employs Fear Tactic in Swipe at Bernie Sanders's Proposal for Free College Tuition

Michael Sainato | Posted 12.10.2015 | Politics
Michael Sainato

The term 'free' turns many people off of the proposal, but denigrating Senator Sanders solution to increasing college costs and student debt is treating a college education as though it were merely a consumer good.

Voting Only For Bernie Sanders And Not Hillary Clinton Will Teach The DNC A Lesson

H. A. Goodman | Posted 11.18.2015 | Politics
H. A. Goodman

I will not vote for Hillary Clinton because my vote means something, and I won't allow anyone to intimidate me into choosing the lesser of two evils. Democracy isn't about the lesser of two evils; if you believe it is, then you should try to change this paradigm.

Christians Still Fail to Understand Religious Freedom

Dale Hansen | Posted 10.29.2015 | Politics
Dale Hansen

The conservative media is always looking for a reason to be outraged. Unfortunately, the origin of the outrage is often a lack of information. For example, Megyn Kelly of Fox News took to the air earlier this week to discuss a court case that she feels proves President Obama and liberals are waging a war on Christianity.

Snooze Alert

Tamara Jacobs | Posted 10.14.2015 | Politics
Tamara Jacobs

The Democratic National "Debate" -- I just finished watching it or should I say enduring. It wasn't educating. It wasn't elevating and it wasn't, dare I say, entertaining.

Jane Goodall on Real Time with Bill Maher!

Tam Warner Minton | Posted 09.28.2015 | Women
Tam Warner Minton

Bill may be blasphemous and wicked and bring up taboo subjects, but underneath the comedy is social commentary which is first rate. I love me some Bill, and some Dame Jane, too. They are keeping it real.

Why Liberals See Barack Obama as Atticus Finch

John A. Tures | Posted 09.22.2015 | Politics
John A. Tures

It's hard to say who has been more disappointed, liberals with Barack Obama, or Harper Lee fans with the portrayal of Atticus Finch in "Go Set A Watchman," the sequel to "To Kill A Mockingbird." Yet the real Obama and the fictitious Finch are not so different, as we have recently learned.

Bernie Sanders' Stand for Racial Justice Requires That He Stand for Palestine

Zahra Haider | Posted 09.23.2015 | Politics
Zahra Haider

Sanders at Houston town hall meeting in July With a surprising number of Americans now rallying behind the Democratic candidate, Bernie Sanders i...

10 Ways White Liberals Perpetuate Racism

George Sachs, Psy.D. | Posted 09.01.2015 | Politics
George Sachs, Psy.D.

Somewhere down where we don't like to go, is a place where racism lives. It's automatic and hidden. Binding and resistant to change. No matter how well-meaning we are, no matter how open-minded. Like the "root kit" on a computer, racism is hidden and operating without our knowledge.

Bernie vs. Donald: Rebel vs. Insurgent

Bob Burnett | Posted 08.20.2015 | Entertainment
Bob Burnett

One of the most fascinating aspects of the 2016 presidential campaign is the rise of two outsider candidates: Democratic Senator Bernie Sanders and Republican billionaire Donald Trump.

Black Lives Do Matter

Bob Burnett | Posted 07.30.2015 | Politics
Bob Burnett

Black lives do matter. Nonetheless, as a result of liberal lethargy and conservative antipathy, in many parts of the US blacks are second-class citizens, at the mercy of local police and unable to gain access to decent jobs, housing, healthcare, and the other aspects of a middle-class life.

Why I Am a Liberal

Richard Abrons | Posted 07.30.2015 | Politics
Richard Abrons

When genial Ronald Reagan appeared on the scene to castigate government, a tsunami of conservatism succeeded in making liberal almost a dirty word. I believe that tsunami is spent.

Why Liberals Have To Be Radicals

Robert Kuttner | Posted 07.20.2015 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

This is one of those moments when there is broad popular frustration, a moment when liberal goals require measures that seem radical by today's standards. If progressives don't articulate those frustrations and propose real solutions, rightwing populists will propose crackpot ones. Token gestures won't fool anybody.

The Brave New World of Gender Pioneers

Mac Scotty McGregor | Posted 07.16.2015 | Queer Voices
Mac Scotty McGregor

I think it's so important in this time of rapid change and fast social media that we remember how new all of this is to most people.

Liberals and the (Not So) New Family Values

Natalia Mehlman Petrzela | Posted 06.18.2015 | Politics
Natalia Mehlman Petrzela

The impact of resuscitating a liberal tradition as part of the 2016 Democratic platform is anyone's guess: will it radically reshape one of society's most conservatizing institutions, enabling progressives to advance in territory unchallenged for decades?

The American Economy Is a Buffalo Jump

Fred Lundgren | Posted 05.19.2015 | Politics
Fred Lundgren

A "Buffalo Jump" is a cliff where Native Americans killed bison in mass quantities. They stampeded the bison over the cliff while others waited below to kill the disabled animals with spears and bows.

Drinking Liberally for Democracy

Roxane Assaf Lynn | Posted 05.15.2015 | Politics
Roxane Assaf Lynn

No one's ever accused progressive political activists of being insincere. But no one's ever accused them of having too much fun, either.

You've Come Part Way, Baby

Leslie Marshall | Posted 05.12.2015 | Politics
Leslie Marshall

When I was little, my favorite book described options for what a girl could aspire to be when she grew up. It told of exciting career possibilities: flight attendant, nurse, teacher, secretary.

Why Campus Sustainability Works: An Open Letter to George Will

Samuel Reed | Posted 05.08.2015 | College
Samuel Reed

In its simplest form, sustainability means greater efficiency and cutting waste to preserve both the natural environment and money. This is not a leftist agenda, but an alignment with both conservative and liberal values.