Leaders of the liberal wing of the party -- not necessarily the elected leadership of the House -- must use their powers of persuasion and their skills in compromise to sway the debate in favor of change, most critically with progressive voters.
Van Jones' resignation isn't a testament to the frenetic dry-drunk tirades of a delusional Fox employee. It is due to the Obama administration's failure to rightfully and necessarily defend a valuable member of its team.
A "trigger option" means the public option doesn't exist, and won't until an undefined series of events occur whereupon the public option will pop into existence. This isn't a compromise. It's an insult.
Our careful read of the current health care reform bills reveals that the legislation successfully strikes a delicate moral balance. While the proposal is indeed in many regards "abortion neutral," it arguably does moreto expand options for pro-life Americans than for pro-choice Americans.
Real health care reform cannot happen without a public option, and we need a constant reminder of exactly what we are fighting for. Here are the top 10 reasons why there must be a public insurance option.
We can spend our time working to win support for a positive vision of change, creating a stronger climate for President Obama and potential allies in Congress to rise to their best, or we can complain and attack.
This is what you get from a White House that is run by Rahm Emanuel and former Baucus staffer (and famous corporate bum-licker) Jim Messina: A White House that plays hardball, but only with progressives.
Can anyone tell me of any wall to wall on-site coverage of peace movement events over the past six years where the corporate press offered extensive air-time to listen to progressive leaders? I don't recall that ever happening. Do you?
At a time when gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people are flourishing in America's public life like never before, those charged with advancing their civil equality have retreated into the closet.