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Southern Strategy

Look Past the Flag: The Real GOP Problem Is a Half-Century of Promoting Racial Division for Political Advantage

David Paul | Posted 06.29.2015 | Politics
David Paul

Events in South Carolina over the past two weeks have demonstrated that the racially-targeted political strategy that Richard Nixon set in motion to assure his own electoral victory fifty years ago remains deeply ingrained in the GOP.

Rebel Flags Coming Down And Progressive Patriotism Rising. Are Flag/ACA/Gay Issues Related?

Mark Green | Posted 06.29.2015 | Politics
Mark Green

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This was the week when lame duck Obama became a political lion. Lowry and Reagan debate its impact on the country and '16. Can Rich find a pony in there somewhere? Key question: will GOP prospects promise new Justices to reverse ACA and gay marriage thereby keeping it a rallying issue for Democrats? (Fish gotta swim...)

10 Days That Shook the Regressive World

Robert S. McElvaine | Posted 06.28.2015 | Politics
Robert S. McElvaine

It has been a bad couple of weeks for regressives (the accurate term for "conservatives"). The 10-day period from June 18 to June 26 has been such a disastrous time for regressives that it may be looked back upon as the time when it became clear that history has passed by the "Conservative Movement" and left it untenable.

Let's Be Honest About Race, America

Walker Bragman | Posted 06.29.2015 | Politics
Walker Bragman

We live in a society plagued by racial division, where the instigating half of the population actively ignores and denies the problem--evidenced by the slew of high-profile Republicans and FOX News pundits calling the Emanuel AME Church shooting "an attack on religious liberty."

The De-evolution of Arkansas

Beth Arnold | Posted 05.30.2015 | Politics
Beth Arnold

In the Arkansas of my growing up, not only was smart good, but the prevailing philosophy was always to do the right thing, to show other people dignity, and to honor the common man. I'm sad to say that those days are gone. In today's Arkansas, we can't recognize a lie when it's spoon-fed to us, and we don't want to help anyone who isn't as white-bread as we are.

Dr. Martin Luther King's Politics Are as Relevant as Ever

Morris Dees | Posted 03.20.2015 | Politics
Morris Dees

Dr. King's speech at the conclusion of the Selma march is remembered for its soaring rhetoric, for King's declaration that segregation was on its deathbed and for his unshakeable belief that the moral arc of the universe bends toward justice.

How the White South Became the White South Again

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 02.08.2015 | Politics
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

The ousting of three-term U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-Louisiana) from her seat in the U.S. Senate by U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-Louisiana) put the capper on the white Southern flip-flop from Democrat to Republican. The stock explanation for this change is race, gut there's another explanation for the GOP's lock on Southern whites that's every bit as compelling.

Doing Well in Business by Doing Good

Harvey Makadon, M.D. | Posted 01.07.2015 | Gay Voices
Harvey Makadon, M.D.

As we consider strategies nationwide to expand affirmative health care to all, we should not shy away from making the case that competent care is not just about doing good. It is also about doing good business.

Ferguson, Missouri: Opening Up Old Wounds

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 10.25.2014 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

What is needed is exactly what the Kerner Commission recommended to the country 46 years ago: a comprehensive shift in the priorities of our social spending away from the military-industrial-prison complex and toward widespread development of impoverished parts of America.

Why Nixon Matters

Stanley Kutler | Posted 10.08.2014 | Politics
Stanley Kutler

Forty years ago, Richard M. Nixon made unprecedented constitutional history when he resigned the presidency amid the disgrace and scandal of Watergate. Yet Nixon endures. He stands as the commanding figure of American political life since the end of World War Two.

Imagine If Bill O'Reilly Said Robert Bergdahl 'Looked Like a Jew'

H. A. Goodman | Posted 08.18.2014 | Politics
H. A. Goodman

The reason it's "totally inappropriate" to look Muslim or speak Pastho (ironically, we've been in Afghanistan for over a decade helping people who speak Pashto) is because such sentiments pander to the prejudice and biases possessed by certain viewers of Fox, as well as certain Republican voters.

The Republicans' Southern Strategy Still Works. Here's How Liberals Can Counter It

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 07.30.2014 | Politics
Ian Reifowitz

If Republicans benefit from dividing us by race and increasing white resentment, then we have to do whatever we can to build stronger and better relations across racial lines, in particular between whites and non-whites.

The GOP Has Been Recruiting Cliven Bundy for 50 Years

Spencer Critchley | Posted 06.25.2014 | Politics
Spencer Critchley

Of course, no one can say that any of these people are or were themselves racists, at least intentionally. But they certainly appealed to racists. And so we arrive at Cliven Bundy, the deadbeat government-denier who wonders if "black people were better off as slaves."

The Sniveling Apologizers at MSNBC Don't Represent Progressives

Cenk Uygur | Posted 04.04.2014 | Media
Cenk Uygur

If MSNBC cared about not presenting liberals as sniveling cowards, they would never go through these debasing apologies one after another. But they don't care about that because the guy who runs the network doesn't give a damn about how progressives look, because he isn't one of them.

Actually, Racism Is Behind the Shutdown

Walker Bragman | Posted 12.10.2013 | Politics
Walker Bragman

Only someone looking at the current state of politics through blinders could write the article Stevens wrote. Not since Abraham Lincoln has a president been met with such a wall of opposition like the one the Republicans have erected.

Racism and Cruelty Drive GOP Health Care Agenda

Robert Scheer | Posted 12.07.2013 | Politics
Robert Scheer

The elected leaders of a party that has been on the side of emancipation since the presidency of Abraham Lincoln acts to deny the basic human right to life-sustaining health care to the Southern progeny of slaves.

Ted Nugent and Rand Paul Declare: We're Anti-Racism, Pro-Civil Rights Heroes!

Bob Cesca | Posted 09.30.2013 | Politics
Bob Cesca

Ted Nugent and Rand Paul aren't joking. They're playing the same old Republican game: do and say a lot of peculiar things, then later insist that it never happened and hope that no one fact-checks any of it.

The Race Mongers: Conservative Media's Efforts to Delegitimize Justice for Trayvon Protesters

Walker Bragman | Posted 07.16.2013 | Media
Walker Bragman

Breitbart, The Blaze, The New American, etc .,all exist for the sole purpose of helping those on the right get elected without any regard for the division they are causing. It is shameful.

What Republican Electoral Strategy Tells Us About the Voting Rights Act

Walker Bragman | Posted 08.28.2013 | Politics
Walker Bragman

On Tuesday morning, June 24, the Supreme Court announced its decision to strike down Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which designated cert...

RNC PR BS

Chris Weigant | Posted 03.20.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The Republican Party is at a crossroads. It could modernize some of its positions and attitudes, in a bid to stay relevant to national politics in 21st century America. Or it could shrink to becoming a party of the South, the Plains, and a dwindling portion of the Mountain West.

The Republican Party's 'Black Friends'

Bob Cesca | Posted 01.29.2013 | Politics
Bob Cesca

Jonah Goldberg doesn't believe there are any racists in the Republican Party. In his column last week, he began by explaining that the Republican Party is, in fact, not racist at all. Apologies if you reflexively spat out your beverage, soaking your keyboard. Send the bill to Goldberg.

Lee Atwater and the GOP's Race Problem

Jonathan Weiler | Posted 01.14.2013 | Politics
Jonathan Weiler

In too many ways, the GOP of 2012 could not plausibly deny that which has become too plain to ignore -- that it is the part of antipathy to difference and social change.

Race Baiting and the Party of Lincoln

Charles J. Reid, Jr. | Posted 01.06.2013 | Politics
Charles J. Reid, Jr.

The vomit of racism still finds a place in Republican Party politics. It is sad to watch John Sununu -- twenty years ago, a younger Sununu might have known better. But it is even sadder to watch the rest of Lincoln's old party sink in the mire.

Ain't Your Father's Southern Strategy: Whiteness as Mass Appeal

Dr. David J. Leonard | Posted 01.06.2013 | Politics
Dr. David J. Leonard

The 2012 election, like every election before it, has been defined by race. This is America, and race always matters. Death, taxes, and race.

Mitt Romney: Closeted Redistributionist

Bob Cesca | Posted 11.20.2012 | Politics
Bob Cesca

Of course Mitt Romney supports redistribution. Everyone supports redistribution to some extent. It's literally how the government collects and spends tax revenue.