We can't devise a successful electoral strategy for "The Left" -- meaning the forces of peace, social/economic justice and sustainability -- unless we face a simple fact: We're getting our asses kicked.
Right wing politicians are loathe to credit the New Deal with any success in hoisting the US out of the Great Depression, but credit WWII for that achievement. But that claim, however, undermines their entire premise.
On the centennial of President Reagan's birth, he deserved to be remembered warmly for all his positive personal qualities. But, it is dangerous to our country's future if, in deifying the man, we bow at the altar of his policies and follow his example.
The rightwing in today's economic story is like the child who killed both his parents and then pleaded for mercy because he was an orphan. The rightwing is to politics what the Menendez brothers were to family life.
The Miami Heat paid a lot of money to three superstars so they could all be champions together. What in our culture has taught LeBron that doing anything differently, for any other reason, is of equal or greater importance?
Last Thursday's Tea Party at Daley Plaza in Chicago drew about 1,500 participants. Belying their alleged "grassroots" nature, the rally's organizers were heavily aided by pre-rally publicity in the corporate press.