Emphasizing that you are campaigning with the people, not on stage before the people, is what helps build the movement that will continue after the election -- win or lose.
Is it really such a huge inconvenience to responsible gun owners to have to undergo a background check? Wouldn't gun owners put up with a little inconvenience if it meant that Alison Parker could talk to her father every day and Adam Ward could walk down the aisle with his beloved, Melissa? Maybe, maybe if it was harder to get a gun, Vester Flanagan wouldn't have ended up with one in his hands.
I get the appeal in blaming Republicans. I understand the attraction in good vs. evil stories. I see the strength in the partisan rally. I get it's a great strategy for winning elections. But it is not a strategy for governing. We won't have a functioning government until we create a functioning democracy.
In states where their once-illegal actions have become legal, people are still haunted by their records. Voters have legalized recreational marijuana through ballot initiatives in four states. But these initiatives do not affect the old marijuana convictions that burden 4 million Americans.
Aside from the role of religious, civic and community leaders today in response to current major issues, the contrast between the 275,000 persons who assembled at the foot of the Lincoln Memorial 52 years ago can be best described by suggesting different words that might be used today on their organizing banner: "MARCH ON WASHINGTON FOR JOBS, INCOME EQUALITY and ENDING GUN VIOLENCE"
ALEC and its members, including the American Federation for Children (AFC), have become more powerful than our citizens' voices at the State Capitol. Despite massive public urging for adequate K-12 public education funding, Republicans legislators aren't listening.
Carly Fiorina recognizes the danger that a technology-dominated classroom -- a classroom focused on programmable skills rather than on messy and ever-changing ideas -- will become the location of job training rather than intellectual exploration. Education's great task, she said at a recent New Hampshire education summit, is not to prepare people for jobs, but to "fill children's souls."
Most agree that the work to reinvent New Orleans remains unfinished. That's true, especially because post-Katrina New Orleans is trending back toward its old self -- a sluggish regional economy with high inequality and not enough opportunities for its residents. That was certainly not the vision.
What William F. Buckley and Gore Vidal did for discourse in America was unprecedented. They proved there was a time not so long ago we relished hearing both sides of political arguments. And there is a time -- call it the present -- when a hunger for authenticity seems to be driving both parties in unexpected directions.
Clinton's position on church-state separation is inconsistent. While she was a strong advocate for secular education, she's also supported religiously backed discrimination in the past and is close to a number of Religious Right leaders. It's difficult to predict how she would handle these issue once in office.
Besides food and family gatherings, Jewish festivals have profound meanings. Rosh Hashanah is not just the beginning of the Hebrew calendar, but is a symbol of renewal. It is when we begin to scrutinize ourselves and determine how we want to improve ourselves.
In other words, global warming is injecting steroids into weather disasters. Without countermeasures, it will get much worse. Yet the response among deniers in Congress is to escalate their campaign to sabotage any government effort to reduce the pollution responsible for climate change.
Now is the time for Democrats to rally and speak in unison about the economic performance under this president, something Republicans orchestrate so well. While not stellar and considering we were on the brink of collapse, Obama's economic performance is praiseworthy.
Approximately 13 percent of the U.S. population is foreign-born, of which about six percent are naturalized U.S. citizens. Given the image associated with immigrants, one would assume that all Americans in the U.S., natural born or naturalized, have equal worth as citizens. This, however, is not necessarily the case.
Although the events of 10 years ago were certainly momentous enough in and of themselves to warrant commemoration, Katrina is also a harbinger of our future. We know that climate disruption threatens to increase the frequency of extreme weather events, from droughts to heat waves to hurricanes.
On Women's Equality Day, we write to echo the hundreds of thousands of grassroots activists who support the Women On 20s campaign. As we continue making progress for the cause of women's rights, we hope to preserve Alexander Hamilton's place on our currency while elevating a woman to a place she deserves.
The Republicans have essentially become puppets of the Koch brothers, and lest you think that a partisan comparison, it was even made by the party's current presidential front-runner, Donald Trump.
George W. Bush, not Bernie Sanders, is the real "socialist" of our generation, primarily because the economy collapsed under his tenure and as a result, the conservative president began an ongoing program of government stimulus into various industries.
When I was growing up, there was a term, "Rockefeller Republicanism" that defined a politician as being fiscally conservative, but socially liberal. I'm sad to say we're now an endangered species because even today's so-called moderate Republicans are far more conservative than they were back in the '70s and '80s, and much more extreme.