LGBT and progressive groups from around the nation outspent the opposition and brought in political leaders and celebrities in support of the ordinance. But it was the conservatives, armed with their hard-hitting "bathroom campaign" and religious liberty rhetoric who resonated with voters.
The media have adopted a new and dangerous convention. People who are radical in their goals and methods are routinely mislabeled 'conservative.' Edmund Burke, the patron saint of real conservatism, must be spinning in his grave when Sarah Palin is called 'conservative.'
Texas is going blue. The only question is when. If Wendy Davis runs for governor in 2014, and Hillary Clinton runs for president in 2016, it will be "High Noon" in Texas with these two leading ladies starring in the Gary Cooper role.
The riots in Sweden last week are a manifestation of the socioeconomic disequilibrium pervading much of Europe, and the level of frustration that is beginning to boil over among European immigrants and youth.
The loss of a white majority in the U.S. has helped drive a truly explosive growth of the radical right in the last three years. For months now, groups on the radical right have increasingly fretted about a possible Obama victory. Now that that has occurred, they may grow more dangerous still.
Running throughout the Romney-Ryan budget is a suspicion that by helping people you make them weaker, that the poor are easily swayed into behaving irresponsibly. The sad thing is, Romney and Ryan are the irresponsible ones
They might have some abstract legal "right" to vote -- but not the deeply rooted right to vote that only comes from the exercise of responsible proprietorship. And besides, what does not having a photo ID in this day and age testify to if not an absence of that responsibility?
The world's second-largest hardware chain, Lowe's, proudly displays the slogan "Let's Build Something Together." However, the company's recent actions suggest this togetherness might not include Muslim-Americans.
That a group of extremists from Florida would exercise their First Amendment right to carry out bigoted campaigns is unfortunate ... For that reason, it ought to catch the attention of Americans who, for far too long, have stayed on the sidelines.
How much money might taxpayers have been saved with a referral to a mental health agency for Jose Pimentel? I can think of half a dozen other things the NYPD could be doing in Hamilton Heights on any given night than smoking dope with a self-circumciser.
An anti-immigrant activist received the death penalty today for murdering 9-year-old Brisenia Flores. The Arizona legislature, meanwhile, considered a bill that would prevent undocumented immigrants from obtaining legal damages in court.
There's something inspiring about hearing far-right enthusiasts crying out, "I Want My Country Back." Wonderful! I'm ready to help. Let's go get it back!! Okay, then, one question to start with: How far back do you want it?
The brief moment in late 2008 when 'hope' was more than just a slogan is long gone. In its place we have an increasingly radicalized public and the imposition of rules and regulations that would do the 18th century proud.
The arrests of 9 members of an armed militia group in Michigan should serve as a wake up call to those politicians who are inciting rage against the government. My fear is that they won't see the connection between their rhetoric and the rage they inspire.
The far right is daily being chased back into the margins, where it belongs. All that's left of their movement is a relative handful of confused, misguided know-nothings being manipulated and led by a cynical elite.