A document obtained today by this reporter reveals that right-wing Texas billionaire brothers Charles and Bill Koch, rumored for months to be planning a takeover of the venerable Los Angeles Times, are secretly detailing changes they intend to make after they assume control.
With tax policy, federal spending, social insurance, and the national debt ceiling being held hostage by radical right-wing Tea Party demands, it is time for what FDR called "bold, persistent experimentation" and executive action to solve the economic crisis facing the nation.
So welcome to hunting, young hipsters: We need your energy and fresh perspectives to invigorate our graying and reactionary ranks. And don't worry if you occasionally offend the Old Guard -- time is on your side.
I haven't always been a straight-ticket voter. Although I've always registered as a Democrat, there was a time when I voted for people, not parties. In the past, I've voted for a few Republicans. But there is not a single Republican I would vote for today.
Three recent events dramatically underscore a hard truth about domestic terrorism: nearly all of it originates with the extremist right wing. The question is why the national discourse about terrorism remains stuck on the wrong threats.
Ten years after the death of founder William Pierce, the National Alliance has been transformed from the nation's radical-right powerhouse into a tiny band of small-time propagandists, criminal thugs and attention-seeking losers.
I don't get it, but the alliance between the energies of the new right and the money of big corporations and Wall Street is formidable, and in this early summer of our discontent Washington can already sense the barbarians at the gates.
The right's strength is its ability to immerse itself in tribal warmth of sexist, racist, homophobic waters, while simply sprinkling the rest of us with their refreshing mists. And they are refreshing. Admit it.
The thing is, anything less than a Democratic sweep this November is unlikely to rid the body politic of this parasite. So we have to resign ourselves to years of more deadlock while the nation's problems fester.
Santorum's near-miss White House run is an indication of precisely what happens and who happens when we let our political discourse get to the point it's now at, awash in apocalyptic, end-times metaphors and doomsaying prognostications about the other side.
Rush is simply too entrenched in too many radio lineups across the country to ever disappear completely, but if nothing else, this whole kerfuffle signals the first substantial chink in his once-impenetrable armor.