On February 3, 2011, right-wing firebrand Andrew Breitbart, who died early Thursday morning in Los Angeles at the age of 43, gave GQ an extended interview on the eve of the publication of his book, Righteous Indignation: Excuse Me While I Save the World!
Turning the clock back includes shaming women for their sexuality and punishing them for terminating a pregnancy (which is still legal, by the way). This brings us to one of the more degrading tactics up the radical-right sleeve: mandatory ultrasound laws.
If we are going to have a serious argument about civil liberties, specifically freedom of religion, I fail to see how anyone can argue that our first amendment rights are best left to interpretation by church oligarchs.
Why is the JBS interested in this climate-killing pipeline? Because the fight happening in Congress over the Keystone XL has taken a turn. It is no longer about the tipping point of climate change or jobs, energy security or the Ogallala Aquifer.
Since it is based on the Greek word for stealing, the term "kleptocracy" sounds inflammatory. But as income gaps open up wider and wider, there is evidence of a serious rift in American democracy, and in that rift one finds untold greed, corruption, and cronyism.
The Tea Partiers have found their candidate. And in these times, where the Tea Party goes, as the debate ceiling debacle showed showed the world, so goes the Republican Party. Republicans, say hello to your nominee: Newt Gingrich.
With how much and how clearly Frank Miller seems to identify with the comic book realities he's spent his life toiling in, I'm surprised he hasn't put himself in the cowl of the character with whom he's most identified and asked, "What would Batman do?"
It's the most hilarious show in town: the rhetorical gymnastics executed by the Right, taking every hard-fought victory for the United States and twisting, hammering, chopping and screwing them into the feel-bad fabrications about that "evil other" Barack Obama.
None of them have to do with physical violence -- they have to do with politics. They're not really worried about ending up like Marie Antoinette. But they are very worried that their electoral heads may roll.
Lacking actual creative imaginations (but mistakenly thinking "shrewd deception" is the same thing), the right-wing corporate machine may have bought up all the gullible Tea Party's concerns and transmogrified them with craven corporate cant.
If anyone believed 2011 was the year of the direct assault on proponents of the middle class, clean air and water, public education, and respect for first responders, and democracy itself, just wait until 2013.
Most Americans don't realize that the right wing's main ideas have been pushed for 50 years by the John Birch Society, a group Barry Goldwater and William F. Buckley Jr once thought too extreme, but which has since become the intellectual seed bank of the right.