Government is not always the solution, any more than it is always the problem. But in many cases, progressives know that it is more efficient, more effective and more consistent with the values of a democratic society.
The path of the Right leads to a place where there is nothing left to conserve. This particular dilemma of the American Right provides an angle of insight into the challenge that we face in Afghanistan.
We can build a real populist movement that isn't funded by corporate America, that actually cares about the American people and throws the crooks out, and that fights the elites who have captured our government.
In the Ft. Hood aftermath, we shouldn't allow right-wing hooliganism, wherever it stems from, to dictate how we view tragedies and interpret human beings with cultures and religions separate from our own.
The soda tax is being tried out as a potential wedge issue, a populist theme. Super groovy cool self-satisfied yuppie people don't drink soda. But gross fat compulsive lacking-all-self-control normal Americans do.
We don't have all the facts regarding Bill Sparkman's death. Yet the fact that, upon hearing of this incident, politically minded people wonder whether the death was a result of right wing invective is telling.
Every time I see those handmade signs at the Tea Parties displaying anti-Obama phrases filled with hate, fear and misspelled words held by flocks of pallid agitators my stress level reaches a new high.
Sparkman's workaday life and violent death -- whatever the cause and whoever the culprit -- highlight the precarious struggles of the white working class and the brewing storm surrounding the 2010 Census.