I don't support Jim Clyburn for Democratic Whip because he's my friend and we've served together a long time. Or because he's African-American. His seniority and race are meaningless to me. I support him because he will not apologize for being a progressive.
As individuals armed with homemade voter guides, we can have the same impact as a powerful interest group or a newspaper editorial board -- the power to influence and turn-out hundreds and thousands of new votes.
I was pleased to see the MLK nonviolence pledge on Glenn Beck's website, but I cringe when I hear him boast about being a "progressive hunter," and when I hear Beck regularly demonize the people he disagrees with.
The new film the Social Network is as good as everyone says. In fact, it's better. It's a brilliant mix of pop culture and eternal themes, from love and rivalry to classism or the simple need to be accepted.
Here's my story, the story of how I'm making it in front of, and behind, the scenes in the world today. Maybe some will be inspired to continue to reach for their goals. Maybe others will understand that it's tough all over.
Ben Spies is no stranger to America or American titles. To the motorcycle racing world he's a first class champion; what a NASCAR champion is in America. And yet no Wheaties box for Spies; at least not yet.
The political line has moved so far that if Reagan tried to run as a Republican now he would be the laughing stock of the party. Rush Limbaugh would tear him to shreds and Bill Kristol would say he is Neville Chamberlain.
During the recent G20, more mixed messages emerged, with our President encouraging member nations to spend more to prop up their failing economies while his administration seeks to gut Social Security and Medicare at home.
We have to be numb. Otherwise, the largest energy program in our history would be underway to get rid of the 1/3 of the oil we pump ourselves and replace it with wind, solar, geothermal, tidal energy and more.