With the people of Egypt in open defiance of a corrupt autocratic regime, using new tools of social media to foment a resistance to government tyranny, it's important to understand that innovation isn't just about iPads. It's about freedom.
An invitation to participate in Barack Obama's Town Hall forum arrived in my inbox; I was to show up at 9 AM sharp. But afterward, I couldn't help but feel sad and a bit used. And I imagined Obama felt the same way.
Don't pretend your kids' educations or your small business loan would be paid for if Obama was doing a better job or if McCain/Palin won. Think you're exhausted now? Imagine how tired you'd be from being so pissed off if Obama lost.
Jeff Zeleny reported that Democrats were avoiding town hall appearances to avoid "voter rage." Is it true? Well, your definition of "avoiding town hall meetings" would have to be "holding a lot of town hall meetings." So: no.
I'm all about winning. And I live for hardball politics. I get it naturally. But, dividing and angering voters; displacing the common ground of being American from under their feet in order to win has catastrophic consequences.
Somehow it came up that her own son and his wife were reluctant to have children, which in itself is nothing unusual, but their reason blew my folks' minds: it was because they didn't want their kids to grow up in a "communist" country.
When that kindergartener tells your child that his/her opinions on single payer insurance and the trigger are "for doodoo heads," it can be a teaching moment. Here are some books to make the current political climate fun!
A full defense of the public option requires moving beyond the basic arguments for reform. It requires reform proponents to take seriously the fears of opponents, even if they make up only a minority of the American public.