As Election Day grows closer, some pundits seem almost breathless in their prediction that the Presidential election will be close. Well, it has been obvious from the campaign's first day that it would be close. But there is overwhelming evidence that President Obama will win.
Celebrating the death of a political adversary is inappropriate, unkind, and small -- and we, all of us of any political persuasion, should strive to rise above such nonsense to more fully realize and exhibit our common humanity.
I saw no mention of Robert Redford's birthday amongst all the pop dreck that seems to capture people's attention these days. I am going to attempt a tribute of sorts, as I can think of few people in the entertainment field more deserving.
Americans recognize that in a vital democracy each of us has a voice; that for all our voices to be heard -- rich and poor, Democrat and Republican, blue state and red state -- we must treat each other with respect. Democracy is at risk. To defend it, Americans must reclaim our core values.
We may be at an historic crossroad requiring some pause and reflection as to whether or not adherence to our principles may be more important than knee jerk "loyalty" to the current Democratic or Republican parties.
Progressive values that have always defined human progress are about hope, not fear. We must nurture them, fight for them, and celebrate them now during the holidays, and in all the battles we face in the coming year.
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.
Progressives are implored to accept the limitations of the political environment. Well enough, I say. We need to shift our focus toward building a grassroots movement that turns promises made to us into positive outcomes.
Popular action is the very definition of democracy. It doesn't happen without us, and it isn't a human right upheld by some magic fairness-fairy. If the public option's not in the bill, it's because we haven't shown up to demand it.
Voters want the proverbial money changers thrown out of the temple of government. They don't want Democrats to be more milquetoast and "sensible." They want something done to right this extraordinary wrong.