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Southern Strategy

The Gift of a Brat

Michael Gordon Bennett | Posted 01.02.2017 | Politics
Michael Gordon Bennett

The unrelenting power of the "Southern Strategy" is arguably the single biggest impediment to America's survival as a democracy. The ability to push f...

DuVernay's 13th & The Racial Politics Of Broken Windows Policing

Nick Malinowski | Posted 10.21.2016 | New York
Nick Malinowski

While solving murders was difficult, especially with corrupt cops, the police could make quick work out of the impoverished people out front in the public's eye -- burnishing the credibility of both politicians and the NYPD at the same time.

The Anti-American

Robert S. McElvaine | Posted 09.05.2016 | Politics
Robert S. McElvaine

During this Labor Day week, the traditional start date for fall presidential campaigns, the time is overdue for all Americans to wake up and fully recognize that this is no ordinary election, that one of the candidates represents an unprecedented threat to America, and just how extensive that threat is.

GOP should have seen this Coming!

Byron Williams | Posted 08.07.2016 | Politics
Byron Williams

If you have been paying attention to the reality television program that is the Donald Trump presidential campaign, the chattering class et al. have b...

"A Convention of Hangmen ..."

Robert S. McElvaine | Posted 07.21.2016 | Politics
Robert S. McElvaine

"A convention of hangmen who subscribe to the principle that the executioner has his rights as well," says a famous writer covering the Republican Nat...

United Is Far From Our National Heritage

Murray Forseter | Posted 07.19.2016 | Politics
Murray Forseter

Hardly any politician does not extol his or her commitment to unifying the country while lamenting, sometimes in extraordinarily harsh language, the divisive nature of his or her opponent.

Searching For Solutions

Michael Gordon Bennett | Posted 07.18.2016 | Politics
Michael Gordon Bennett

As long as the privileged aren't confronted with crime, poverty, economic deprivation or racism, it's far too easy to wash their hands of a responsibility all Americans should share, a more just society.

Hey GOP, Which White Voters?

Steven Conn | Posted 06.13.2016 | Politics
Steven Conn

Whatever complaints one might have about the economic policies favored by Democrats over the last 50 years, no one outside the American Enterprise Institute and Paul Ryan's office seriously believes that Republican economics have been better for the white working-class.

Can You Hear the Whistle Now?

Paula Gordon | Posted 06.10.2016 | Politics
Paula Gordon

As a Georgia voter, I apologize to the American people and to President Obama for the crass, mean-spirited speech given by Georgia United States Senator David Perdue to the Faith & Freedom Coalition's Road to Majority conference.

Republican Post-Civil Rights Racism - From a Whisper, to an Obama-induced Scream

Leonce Gaiter | Posted 05.24.2016 | Black Voices
Leonce Gaiter

The election of a black President induced Republicans to throw gasoline on the racist kindling they've nurtured for decades. When democrats became the party of equal rights for blacks in the mid-sixties, racists sought a new home. They found it with Republicans.

Trump's Southern Regions Strategy

Steven Conn | Posted 05.18.2016 | Politics
Steven Conn

The GOP has indeed been waging a war on women since the Reagan years. Campaigning against Hilary Clinton, Trump will amplify that contempt and make the GOP's misogyny cruder and more vile than any of us can imagine right now.

The Democrats and the Donald

David Coates | Posted 03.19.2016 | Politics
David Coates

When asking ourselves the key questions - who is best placed to defeat Donald Trump in November, and who is best placed to pull the Senate back into Democratic control - many of us still believe that the answer is not Hillary Clinton. It is Bernie Sanders.

Trump's 'Southern' Strategy | Posted 03.16.2016 | Black Voices

Although Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump hails from Queens, NY, his politics mirrors the Southern strategy where Republican Party candidates leveraged racism against African Americans to gain political support.

Gen. Trump's Southern Strategy

Carol Caldwell | Posted 03.11.2016 | Politics
Carol Caldwell

A rootie toot toot, A rootie toot toot. We are the boys from the Institute. We don't vote and we don't move and we don't mess with the donks who do. A rootie toot toot, A rootie toot toot. Trump got loose from the Institute. The inmate's out to rabblerout, and now we're screwed without a doubt.

The Republican Collapse

Jesse Larner | Posted 03.09.2016 | Politics
Jesse Larner

The Soviet Union seemed permanent and invincible, until it didn't. When it fell, far more suddenly than anyone thought it would or could, the festering rot of decades was exposed to the world. We're seeing this happen, in real time, with the Republican Party.

GOP Outrage at KKK-Gate Ignores Their Own History

David Paul | Posted 03.07.2016 | Politics
David Paul

Everyone knows that there are games and evasion in politics. Everyone knows that political parties prey on people's prejudices. People are not stupid, they are just tired of politicians treating them as if they are.

Subtle Trump? (And Not Just About...)

Rick Horowitz | Posted 03.05.2016 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

The Donald, The Klan, and The Party Formerly Known as Lincoln's.

What Trump and Reagan Share

Michael Fauntroy | Posted 03.09.2016 | Politics
Michael Fauntroy

This year's Republican presidential nominating contest shows that nearly three decades after Ronald Reagan left office, his impact on the Republican Party endures.

Conservatives Have Earned Their Trump; Liberals Have Not Earned Our Sanders

Leonce Gaiter | Posted 02.05.2017 | Black Voices
Leonce Gaiter

We liberals yearn for instant 'revolution' while holding the ugly political nitty gritty in contempt. We can't even be bothered to show up for a non-presidential election. Instead, we look for a savior who'll turn it all around with a wave of the hand because we consider anything more political than occasional voting beneath us.

Decades of GOP Anger Is Finally Directed Where It Belongs: At the GOP

David Paul | Posted 12.11.2016 | Politics
David Paul

There may be implicit arguments involved about what policies might deliver the greatest good for the greatest number, but the core undertaking is about using the democratic process to achieve and maintain political power. And over the past half-century, the Republican Party has played the game well.

Donald Trump's New Southern Strategy

Rabbi Joshua Stanton | Posted 12.07.2016 | Politics
Rabbi Joshua Stanton

Today, almost everyone agrees it's unacceptable to openly express racism in elections. But lately, the Southern Strategy has taken on a new form. You can't be openly racist, but it's just fine to hate Muslims.

Has the GOP Been Right About Anything This Century?

Byron Williams | Posted 09.30.2016 | Politics
Byron Williams

The party in its current state suffers from a toxic form of insufferable certainty based on a track record that has proven consistently wrong, rendering it unable to compromise. Eschewing that compromise is the hallmark of American democracy.

Jeb Bush's "Free Stuff" Racial Insult Was a Shrewd Calculation

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 09.25.2016 | Politics
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

GOP presidential hopeful Jeb Bush knew exactly what he was doing when he insulted African-American voters by alleging that the Democrats buy their votes with "free stuff." In fact, it was no accident that he hurled his slur at Democrats at a campaign stop in South Carolina.

God, Morality and the GOP

Rev. Dr. Susan K. Smith | Posted 09.22.2016 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Susan K. Smith

The GOP continues the Southern Strategy in this, the 21st Century, and the principles of Christian love continue to be ignored. It is a sad reality, and it speaks to the depth of America's illness as concerns race.

A Progressive Take: Black Lives Matter and Bernie Sanders

Walker Bragman | Posted 08.11.2016 | Politics
Walker Bragman

The Black Lives Matter movement promised to be the medicine to our ailment: to take racism head on and crush it.