Why does Lincoln never get dated? Why can his story be told again and again, and never seem to wear out its welcome? I think it has something to do with how visceral our needs are for equality -- equity in opportunity, justice and dignity.
I keep hearing news commentators talking about why the Republican party lost the election. Many blame it on the Republicans being out of touch, about not caring about the issues that are important to single women or Latinos or young people. But then I remembered the rain.
For the first time in the last few months, I am reassured that the changing face of America has a powerful voice that made itself heard over the out-of-touch and dismissive ideology of the extreme right.
Prop 34 moved the conversation light years ahead in this state, and it lost by a narrow margin. When we finally abolish the death penalty, in California, and in every state, we will look back at this defeat as a bump in the long road.
So, I gave the nice folks who use my column five days a week a break and stopped being so momentarily controversial. After all, I am only half of the United States and who knew how the election would turn out.
After flat markets during an abbreviated super-storm week, the Dow rallied about 250 points on Monday and Tuesday. Wednesday saw stocks open lower and continue lower. The 250 point gain of the previous two days was wiped out, plus an additional 60 or so points for good measure. Why?
The business world loves to claim that there is no such thing as a free lunch, and yet our corporations seem to be enjoying exactly that, at our expense. I vote we shut down these expense accounts and restore fairness to the tax code.
It is time for the president to be bold and use an "all hands on deck" approach in order to galvanize Congressional support around solutions. The president should also be transparent with the American people, in effect, "crowdsource" ideas, and include them in the process.
As I sat on my stairs listening to President Obama, unwilling to move lest I miss a single word, I felt waves of relief and joy. My civil rights mean everything to me. And they mean something to my president, too.
Election Day 2012 went better than I thought it would. Barack Obama, the designated Lesser Evil, clobbered Mitt Romney in the swing states, despite Republican efforts to keep likely Democrats from voting there. Now what?
The United States requires a vision for the future. Central to that should be American leadership -- not because we're so great we deserve it, not because we want to be "No. 1," not because we crave power, but because there is no acceptable alternative.
Short of suggesting a lot of patience and even more heavy drinking, I really don't have much advice to offer for you there. But I do have eight ideas for how you can win over the business community during your next term.
We are all Americans and the time has come for both parties to start working together the way the American people deserve. Now's the time to show some unity and pass the laws that will put Americans back to work.
For progressives who care about peace, prosperity, civil liberties, and the future of our country, Obama's reelection last night was no victory. It was the rock we chose over the hard place. I have little hope because there has been less change.