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Right Wing Extremism

Just How Crazy is Sharron Angle?

Michael J.W. Stickings | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael J.W. Stickings

Sharron Angle broke from the two-party system and willfully embraced a right-wing extremist party. She didn't commit a gaffe, she joined a party that reflected her craziness.

Taking Our Country Back From the Cult of Curmudgeon

Brock Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Brock Cohen

Why does Bush get a pass from the Cult of Curmudgeon while his successor gets hung in effigy?

Assisted Suicide in November for the GOP

Andrew Reinbach | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andrew Reinbach

Since it's almost impossible to believe the GOP leadership doesn't know the devastating economic history of its party's conservative economic policies, we're left to conclude that they just don't care.

Glenn Beck: the Televangelist Con Man Selling God's Plan for America

Bob Cesca | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Bob Cesca

If religious zealots blur the line between what happens in the pulpit and what happens in Congress, it's that much easier for Congress to tax and regulate what happens in the pulpit. Be careful what you wish for, Beck and Palin.

Tea Party Is No Way to Commemorate April 19

Abby L. Ferber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Abby L. Ferber

Today is the 15 year anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing. As we reflect back upon the horror of that day, we should simultaneously reflect upon the current threats of domestic terrorism facing our nation.

Exposing Glenn Beck as a Dangerous Fraud

Bob Cesca | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Bob Cesca

Beck is a man who only embraces conservatism as a means to further his personal wealth and career as a successful TV goon. He's a faker, yet millions of people every day take his word for it. And it's bad for America.

Downward Christian Soldiers

Matthew Harwood | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Matthew Harwood

The recent resurgence of right wing violence turned particularly bizarre and creepy over the weekend.

Rep. Steve Cohen: Sarah Palin Made John McCain Look Like "A Captured Soldier in North Vietnam"

Cenk Uygur | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Cenk Uygur

Certainly we don't see much of that maverick John McCain who was brave enough to be bipartisan anymore. There is definitely something to Rep. Cohen's observation that the roles have reversed since the presidential campaign.

Sarah Palin Encourages Road Rage

John Wellington Ennis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
John Wellington Ennis

There was a time when the violence in Hip Hop lyrics drew condemnation from, actually, a lot of the outraged moralists who seem drawn to Sarah Palin's hypocritical spell.

The Tie-Dyed Tea Party

Andrew Reinbach | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andrew Reinbach

As the Tea Party drives the GOP farther to the right, recent outbursts will be seen as the impotent rage of a rump GOP, rejected by the American people -- the same impulse that elected so many Democrats in 2008.

Supreme Court Nomination Fight: A Major Teachable Moment

Ed Kilgore | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ed Kilgore

The fight over a Supreme Court nomination that we are likely to see with the reported impending retirement of Justice Stevens could be a major teachable moment for progressives. Bring on the Court fight.

Rand Paul and the Road to Perdition

Andrew Reinbach | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andrew Reinbach

What's so remarkable is that Rand Paul seems to think his beliefs are perfectly reasonable. Or, maybe not so remarkable. We're all the product of our upbringing, and Paul grew up with the John Birch Society.

The Violent Consequences of Conservative Speech

Michael J.W. Stickings | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael J.W. Stickings

Conservatives, including those in the mainstream and within the Republican Party, would do well to repudiate violent actions taken against Democrats.

Right-Wing Terrorism Stoked by Conservative Leaders Again

Bob Cesca | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Cesca

The far-right fringe is out of its mind about health care reform. And throughout the week, its behavior has gone from irresponsible, to racist, to unapologetically dangerous.

After St. Joseph's: Are Women Still Safe in Catholic Hospitals?

Jacob M. Appel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jacob M. Appel

Thomas J. Olmsted, the Catholic bishop of Phoenix, Arizona, has condemned and excommunicated a highly regarded nun who approved an abortion necessary to save a pregnant woman's life.

The Dangers of Religious Passion

Clay Farris Naff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Clay Farris Naff

Those who would manipulate the masses to their own advantage invariably draw on the power of passion. And for most of history, and never more than now, religion is the passion of choice.

GOP -- Wrong on Militias, Wrong for America

Andrew Reinbach | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andrew Reinbach

On my way to the town dump Saturday I passed three guys in camo sitting by an assault rifle -- a shooter, a spotter, and a lookout. The gun was on a...

It's 11 O'clock: Do You Know Where Your Party Is?

Andrew Reinbach | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andrew Reinbach

The threatening gestures of Republicans and their allies, displayed after the health care bill passed, seems to have thrown a scare into the party faithful.

What Batman Can Teach Conservatives on Immigration and Other Issues

Bryan Young | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bryan Young

The Batman has a strict moral code. Killing is not acceptable and every life, no matter how deranged or what country it came from, is precious.

Democrats Can Win--Why Don't They Try?

Andrew Reinbach | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andrew Reinbach

Democrats can win the mid-term elections and re-build a stable, long-term governing majority -- if they want to. So far they're basically acting like they don't.

The Enemy Within: Republican Fundamentalism Confirmed

Ed Gurowitz, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ed Gurowitz, Ph.D.

What do Islamic fundamentalists have in common with far-right Republicans? And what do your average, non-extremist Muslims have in common with the (slim) majority of the GOP who are not right wingers?

Resolution Will Halt GOP Progress

Candace Straight | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Candace Straight

Let's hope, when the RNC considers this purity resolution this week, a majority of its members keep these fundamental GOP principles in mind and vote against this outrageous proposition.

Time to Saddle Up

Andrew Reinbach | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andrew Reinbach

What the Supreme Court's recent Citizens United ruling tells us is that the Right Wing has no principles, no morality, no ideas, and will do anything to destroy the Constitution and the idea of America.

The New Enemy - It's Worse Than We Thought

Ed Gurowitz, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ed Gurowitz, Ph.D.

This is a new kind of enemy, but like the enemy outside, they will not be defeated until people of good will for whom they claim to speak and act stop quietly acquiescing and speak out against them.

The Hate That Dare Not Speak Its Name

Ed Gurowitz, Ph.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Ed Gurowitz, Ph.D.

When I and others suggested that the Birthers, the Tea Baggers, the Limbaughs and Becks of the world were motivated at least in part by racism, the President himself said he did not believe that to be the case.