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Obama Wins

(R)Evolution -- We All Want to Change Your Head

Suzette Standring | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Suzette Standring

This new multi-cultural, interracial, eco-green, techno-savvy, globally-minded young generation has made history.

George Bush's Fun

Stephen Schlesinger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stephen Schlesinger

Why would George W. Bush suggest to Barack Obama that he have "fun' and enjoy himself now that he's the new chief executive?

Europe's Usurpation of the Obama Triumph

Andrei Markovits | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andrei Markovits

Europe is rejoicing in the Obama victory and claiming it as a direct result of their moral superiority over Americans while at the same time hiding their own shortcomings and intolerances.

The Psychology Of Hope and Fear

Joyce McFadden | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Joyce McFadden

Obama inspired our country by realizing that we need in our country the very same thing we need in our personal lives: to use the better part of hope and fear together.

Kathleen Parker, Now Hailed by Liberals, Questioned Obama's Americanism Back in May

Greg Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Greg Mitchell

Kathleen Parker earned plaudits from liberals during the fall campaign by speaking out against the Palin pick, but allow me to point out that in May she strongly questioned Obama's patriotism.

Sunday Roundup

Arianna Huffington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

In the wake of Obama's overwhelming victory, and Democratic gains in the House and Senate, conservatives are desperately trying to convince the world that these results are meaningless. "Democrats should not make the mistake of viewing Tuesday's results as a repudiation of conservatism," insisted John Boehner. "Barack Obama understands this is a center-right country," claimed Karl Rove. "This country remains every bit as center-right as it has for a generation," parroted Brent Bozell. And David Brooks dreamed of an Obama administration that understands "this was an election where the middle asserted itself." Drunk on self-delusion, a staggering GOP whistles past the electoral graveyard, missing the whole point of this election: the center has shifted, and positions that used to be considered left-wing -- on healthcare, on global warming, on corporate responsibility, on Iraq -- are now solidly mainstream.

Obama the Figurehead

Andrew Sargus Klein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andrew Sargus Klein

Prop. 8 passed, after Obama's speech. It was a bitter pill for progressives to swallow and a reminder that no matter who is president the public faces many significant issues on its own.

Re: Scott Kesterson's "The Other Side of Paradise"

Sean Gilfillan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sean Gilfillan

The one thing that all US Army personnel have in common is their choice to wear the uniform and volunteer to serve the nation, regardless of who is in charge and regardless of if they agree.

Election Reflection: Good News and Bad News for Women and Families

Judy Patrick | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Judy Patrick

Sadly, many voters did not see past their fears to understand how denying LGBT people rights is cut from the same cloth of discrimination that made Obama's election such a poignant event.

Keeping Obama's Campaign "Army" Mobilized as a Force for Change in Peacetime

Gara LaMarche | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gara LaMarche

What we have seen in the last year is a rebirth of participatory democracy, infused by the energy of millions. Imagine what this energy can do if it channeled into ongoing action.

I Suffer From Campaign Withdrawal

Joel Schwartzberg | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Joel Schwartzberg

It's true. I miss Candidate Obama and Candidate McCain. I miss the debate and primary nights. I miss the moronic focus groups and their silly reaction meters. I want David Gergen to be my grandfather.

Congratulations, Homophobes, You've Prevailed in Florida, Arizona and California!

Andy Ostroy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Ostroy

Religious fanatics rejoice! You did it! You won! You've succeeded in getting amendments passed in Florida, Arizona and California banning same-sex marriage! This is your crowning moment!

A New Faith Coalition

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Wallis

Further polling results will help to answer the critical question of why religious voters cast their ballots the way they did. But three factors are likely key to understanding the religious shift.

Score One for the Polls

Philip N. Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Philip N. Cohen

Skepticism about science is good. But instead of turning us off scientific information altogether, skepticism should lead to its more careful consumption.

Barack Obama And Sam Cooke on Election Night

Kerry Candaele | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kerry Candaele

Bill Ayers was not Barack Obama's touchstone; rather, it was Sam Cooke and his never-ending refrain, Change is gonna come. And now change has arrived, and we embrace it.

Democracy and the Inclusion of the Undocumented

Joshua Hoyt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Joshua Hoyt

For many in the immigrant communities the election of Barack Obama is a beacon of hope that our American Democracy will finally include them.

The Politics of Realignment

Jerome Karabel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jerome Karabel

Barack Obama's victory could well be the third realigning election in the past century -- one that will be seen by historians as the beginning of an emerging Democratic majority.

Scapegoating and Proposition 8

Paul Katz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Katz

I acknowledge that I did little or next to nothing to help. The passage of Prop 8 has galvanized me, though, and I won't make the same mistake twice. I plan to participate now.

Tears For Obama?

Lloyd Garver | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lloyd Garver

Barack Obama and his family are now preparing to move into the White House - which was built with slave labor. That's progress, isn't it?

The Hope of Obama

Stephen Zunes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stephen Zunes

Posted on Alternet, Nov. 6. 2008 Barack Obama's resounding victory has brought even this cynical observer of Democratic Party politics to dare to hop...

How Our Role as Obama Supporters Should Change: Less Emotion, More Responsibility

Fernanda Diaz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Fernanda Diaz

We should no longer be adoring fans who are pledging our votes, but instead, the electorate who will hold Obama accountable for the promises he has made and the high standard he has set for himself.

The Other Side of Paradise, Part 2

Scott Kesterson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Scott Kesterson

Talking about the election, the Staff Sergeant said to me, "If there is anything I take away from this, it is that change is fearful."

The Government in Exile: What Obama Can Do for Women

Marie Wilson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Marie Wilson

In a campaign whose rallying cry was "change", shifting the status of women in this country by bringing them fully to the tables of power would be a great place to start.

The Winners and Losers of Campaign '08

Arianna Huffington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

Winners: The Davids - Axelrod and Plouffe: they spearheaded a near flawless campaign. Katie Couric: her multi-part interview with Sarah Palin was the turning point in how the country saw Palin -- and by extension John McCain. And she did it in a way that left no room for accusations of being unfair or playing "Gotcha!" Michelle Obama: smarts, grace, style, charm, and a serious "good mommy" vibe -- she's got the whole package. Losers: Joe Lieberman: failed to deliver Democrats, independents, or Jews. And on the way to losing his committee chairmanships. Liddy Dole: her "Godless" ad will be taught in What Not To Do poli sci classes for a century. Joe the Plumber: the clock just hit 15 minutes, and the wakeup call will not be pleasant.

Barack Obama and the World's Highest Hopes

Bill Cusack | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bill Cusack

I feel as if America just took a shower. This country has never felt so clean and fresh and reinvigorated.