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Tom Sullivan is the founder of BlueCentury.org, a grassroots group that produces and funds Get-Out-The-Vote (GOTV) radio ads. His columns have appeared in the Asheville Citizen-Times, Campaign for America's Future, Truthout.org, AlterNet, TomPaine.org, and Democratic Underground.

Blog Entries by Tom Sullivan

America the Lost

Posted August 17, 2010 | 13:30:29 (EST)

After last year's summer of discontent, I looked back on America's response to September 11:

A flood of post-September 11 articles asked how the attacks happened, what we would do next, and why terrorists hate us. One savvy pundit asked, Would America keep its head?

We invaded...

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Economic Recovery? Let Them Eat Statistics

Posted August 10, 2010 | 12:09:39 (EST)

The slow-motion economic recovery has left the Democrats in a precarious position heading into Labor Day 2010. Making "jobs, jobs, jobs" anything more than a slogan before November is looking increasingly unlikely. Republicans, at their penurious best, are serving up another helping of warmed over tax and spending cuts...

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Extending The Obama Brand In 2010

Posted June 14, 2010 | 13:36:06 (EST)

In 2008, the Obama team's massive ground game left a few local party officials openly skeptical. In Western North Carolina, they wondered until late October where they fit into the Obama Election Day strategy, or if the strategy was simply all about Obama.

In the end, the Obama team...

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Losing the Narrative Battle: Progressives Need to Turn Pro

Posted February 1, 2010 | 13:17:44 (EST)

No, the facts will not set you free. Time after time, progressives lose the narrative battle to the superior messaging firepower of the conservative movement. The facts don't matter if you can't sell them.

President Obama spoke again to GOP leaders at their caucus's retreat in Baltimore on...

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President Obama Loses His Base: He Just Ran Out of Slack

Posted December 18, 2009 | 14:44:04 (EST)

The media was quick to declare the Obama honeymoon over this summer. Yet supporters exhilarated by Barack Obama's stunning win in November 2008 were still willing to cut him a lot of slack. That slack just ran out.

The simplest, most comprehensive health insurance reform -- single payer --...

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Human Vs. Predator: Who Will Be Master?

Posted November 19, 2009 | 12:05:00 (EST)

Elizabeth Warren appeared last week on the PBS program NOW. As the chair of the government's TARP oversight committee, Warren is one of the few prominent voices speaking out on behalf of American families, their concerns and their burdens. Warren points up how, a year after the financial bailout,...

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"Our Weapon Is Fear"

Posted November 5, 2009 | 11:22:15 (EST)

On Halloween, just ahead of Tuesday's local elections, we received a second attack flyer in the mail from conservative activists. This one was entitled "Save Our City." (Save it from progressive, radical, extremist socialists, that is.)

Last February, Mark Liebovich penned a New York Times column entitled, "'Socialism!'...

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The Public Necessity

Posted October 26, 2009 | 19:22:52 (EST)

The health care debate -- with its leaks, mixed signals and close-to-the-vest dealing -- has reform supporters losing their cool while Obama, infuriatingly, maintains his. The uncertainty has strained the tenuous loyalties of a fickle American left. How much talk about "triggers" is real, how much is process, and how...

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Projection TV: Real Americans Watch Fox News

Posted October 20, 2009 | 14:13:20 (EST)

A focus-group study by Democracy Corps explains that Republican base voters live in "a world apart from the rest of America."

The Tea Parties of August already made that pretty clear.

Republican base voters believe themselves to be an oppressed minority that possesses "knowledge and insight that...

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What Civilized Country Operates Like This?

Posted October 13, 2009 | 12:57:10 (EST)

You have seen it. The plastic bucket beside the cash register at the convenience store. A photo is taped to it. A child needs an operation. His father lost his job. The family lost its insurance. They are about to lose their home. Can you spare some change?

What...

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If You Like Medical Bills, You'll Love These

Posted September 21, 2009 | 19:19:30 (EST)

Activists in the blogosphere are studying well over 500 amendments to Sen. Max Baucus' Senate Finance Committee health care reform bill, including three "public option" amendments. All sides will hotly debate, soundly trash, and amend the hell out of the Baucus bill, H.R.3200 (on the House side)...

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The Bile Boils Over

Posted September 12, 2009 | 13:11:15 (EST)

Enter the Tea Baggers, the Birthers, the Deathers, Glenn Beck, town hall shouters, guys with guns, and Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC). The right's simmering kettle of bile is boiling over.

You almost can't blame them for losing it. Conservatives spent three decades building, Bolero-like, towards their denouement: control of...

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Health Care Protesters: "I'm All Right, Jack"

Posted August 24, 2009 | 16:46:03 (EST)

It can't happen here, Sinclair Lewis wrote ironically in 1935.

On a snippet of radio heard over the weekend, commentators discussed health reform protesters openly carrying firearms at public rallies. Even a year ago, they offered, no one would have predicted something like that would happen here in America. The...

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Do Progressives Have What It Takes To Win?

Posted August 18, 2009 | 18:32:33 (EST)

Well, I grew up quick and I grew up mean.
My fist got hard and my wits got keen.

- from A Boy Named Sue by Shel Silverstein

Maybe it is something congenital about the left. Faced with lies, propaganda and intimidation, liberals go to Google to arm themselves...

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It's the People Who Got Small

Posted August 10, 2009 | 17:29:29 (EST)

The organized intimidation and minor violence at health care town halls around the country is cause for concern. Sara Robinson asks the question, Is it fascism yet?

But so far, the "shock troops" who have shown up here (Americans for Prosperity) got off their tour bus armed...

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Health Care Debate Loses Coherence

Posted August 3, 2009 | 14:54:54 (EST)

The descent into complete incoherence among conservatives -- especially on talk radio -- has become widespread as the health care debate intensifies. The once Mighty Wurlitzer is wheezing and groaning.

New Yorker's Hendrik Hertzberg calls reform opponents nihilistic, but eschatological would not be far off the mark.

Obama and...

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The Uninsured Line Up For Care In Rural Virginia

Posted July 27, 2009 | 16:25:43 (EST)

This weekend was the tenth anniversary of Remote Area Medical's free health fair in Wise County, VA. Stan Brock founded Knoxville-based RAM in 1985 to insert mobile medical teams into remote areas of third-world countries. Now over 60 percent of RAM's work is in rural areas of the United...

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