The Obama campaign has done a pretty good job of creating the impression that Mitt Romney, having walked through that doorway, quickly slammed it behind him. No doubt Romney would protest that it just ain't so. And he might very well be telling the truth.
There's a special ingredient in Tar Heel politics that the state's establishment have repeatedly ignored at their peril. Unique in Dixie, North Carolina has a populist tradition going back to the 1670s.
Americans are ambivalent and confused about many aspects of health care but not about preserving Medicare. But the whole country must take this bad idea seriously because the top of the Republican ticket advocates it.
This year marks the centennial of the birth of Bayard Rustin, one of the most significant yet ignored figures in U.S. history. Rustin was the brilliant strategist of the pinnacle event in U.S. protest politics.
In picking Paul Ryan as his running mate, Mitt Romney has given some small hope that the election will restore progressive thinking to its legitimate place in our political discourse. The lines are now drawn for a stark confrontation that the White House and Democrats cannot avoid.
Uncertainty abounds -- who will win the White House, who will dominate Capital Hill and what they will do once they get there. Still, we can make one judgment with confidence. Progressives will be the sure losers -- along with their hopes for a return to a humane society and responsive government.
Teddy Roosevelt carried out imperialist wars, FDR imprisoned Japanese-American civilians in internment camps, and Lyndon Johnson expanded and intensified the Vietnam War. These men can claim valuable achievements, but how do their unjust misdeeds figure in?
The possible election of Mitt Romney (and the likely election of reactionary Republican majorities in the Senate and the House if he prevails) could be the greatest threat to the nation since the Great Depression and perhaps since the Civil War.
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 -- across the political spectrum -- have an equal right to claim the flag as their own.
Mr. President, you need to stand with the many patients already benefiting from the improved coverage and consumer protections provided by the ACA, and fight for a second term that will propel us forward towards universal, affordable health care.
Now that this health care bill is law, with the threat of the Supreme Court taking it away over, progressives should certainly keep working to defend it, because the right wing and certain players in industry remain obsessed with doing away with it.
Now that the government has secured unprecedented power over us, a new era has dawned for liberals, who will now have a new confidence to pursue countless other long-deferred projects of social engineering.
Face it: the Democratic Party treats progressives the way the Republican Party treats Christian conservatives. The party leaders (pretend to) listen to you, give you a little lip service and then go back behind closed doors and ignore you.
There exists for some an instinctive resistance to placing their personal imprimatur on Barack Obama. How can one approve what he has done? How can one express approval of the man himself? Can one do so with a clear conscience?