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Rush Limbaugh's Favorite Lesbian Socialist -- Author of 'America the Beautiful' -- Inspired the Super Bowl Coke Ad

Peter Dreier | Posted 04.07.2014 | Media
Peter Dreier

Right-wingers like Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, former Congressman Allen West, and others are freaking out about Coca Cola's Super Bowl ad featuring "America the Beautiful" sung in different languages as faces of people of different cultures are shown.

Right-wing Congressman Mo Brooks Quotes Socialist Lesbian Poet to Justify His Opposition to Immigration Reform

Peter Dreier | Posted 09.13.2013 | Politics
Peter Dreier

On Wednesday, Republican Congressman Mo Brooks of Alabama used the words of a lesbian socialist poet to oppose immigration reform.

Celebrating Progressive Patriotism on the Fourth of July

Peter Dreier | Posted 09.01.2013 | Politics
Peter Dreier

The flag, as a symbol of the nation, is not owned by the administration in power, but by the people. We battle over what it means, but all Americans have an equal right to claim the flag as their own. Progressives understand that people can disagree with their government and still love their country and its ideals.

Mitt Romney's Favorite Socialists

Peter Dreier | Posted 11.21.2012 | Politics
Peter Dreier

Would Romney have been so eager to recite the Pledge of Allegiance if he knew that it was written by a socialist, outraged by the nation's widening economic divide? Or if he knew "America the Beautiful," was written by a socialist, who was also a lesbian?