President Obama, on his trip to Africa and responding to GOP fit about the historic nuclear deal with Iran, brilliantly namechecked Mike Huckabee and Donald Trump and threw a bunch of lit firecrackers in the midst of the already chaotic GOP primary field.Read More
Have fun, Obots!
After facing strong pushback from Black Lives Matter protesters, Bernie Sanders' - and to be more precise, his supporters - progressive ego took some bruising. So they coalesced around this article on Alternet - 20 Examples of Bernie Sanders' Powerful Record on Civil and Human Rights. Problem is, the piece actually consists of 20 tone deaf reiterations of talking points that exemplify a lack of listening and attention to race issues. But hey, Bernie marched and he has black friends. So.Read More
New unemployment claims are at a 42-year low, according to new data released from the Labor department. And that doesn't even take into account the substantial growth of the labor force in that time. Obama recovery roars again, this time even closer to full employment from economic disaster in less than seven years.Read More
#AllLivesMatter. Yes, they do. But that's not the point. The reason that #BlackLivesMatter is a movement is because African Americans still struggle to secure the right to be fully equal in this country. And the present situation has a long, dark gestation.Read More
We've all been entertained by Donald Trump's buffoonery, heralding it as the demise of the GOP. But the air he's sucking out of campaign coverage allows a field as horrific as he is to escape scrutiny. The Donald is awful; but he has no chance of winning the nomination. (At which point he could go rogue and run as an independent.) The ones who do have a chance are no different than Trump save in tone.Read More
By now, nearly everyone has heard about Bernie Sanders and Martin O'Mally being stomped at Netroots Nation by Black Lives Matters protesters. But the incident represents a bigger problem: the devastating failure in the establishment of the self-proclaimed of the progressive movement on race. By allowing their economic displeasure to suck up air from social justice, the liberal establishment is making a grave error. But the error is unforced. The candidates, and the movement, has had stellar examples of leadership on social justice in President Obama and his administration, but chosen to blindly ignore it.Read More
The Bernie stans.
This is your open thread.
Yesterday, I detailed Bernie Sanders' problem with ethnic minorities and the psyche behind what is driving is appeal to white liberals in white liberal cities but keeping minorities on the sidelines. But it gets worse. Sanders' record on guns and his key support for racist vigilante border militia group known as the Minutemen gives us a broader window into the Senator's callous ignorance of race issues at best and his willing disregard of people of color at worst.Read More
Bernie Sanders has been drawing huge crowds. White ones. Colored faces are few and far between. Why would that be? After all, on paper, Bernie is talking about all the things that disproportionately affect minorities: income inequality, access to education, employment, and even race (though only lately). Look a little deeper though, and it becomes clear why Sanders' campaign demanding "revolution" and his contempt against pragmatism is turning off minority voters.Read More
There are different forms that display the resistance to change. It's important to pay attention so as not to miss the more subtle forms as they are often used to placate the issue in order to slow down or prevent actual change from taking place.Read More
The right wing religious would have you believe that their view of the Bible is the only correct interpretation of Christianity. But that would be a false and dastardly conception. Many of the religious have struggled to ensure equality for the LGBTQI community. This essay details how many in the religious community have a welcoming and encompassing view of difference.Read More
Many have accused Barack Obama of not having a "doctrine", yet the Obama Doctrine is the most fundamental shift in the use of American power. It is the principle that the United States is strong enough to take calculated risks, and we should never abandon diplomatic avenues to resolve conflicts. It is no longer just a doctrine, however. It is now reality - reality that has created a world moving away from threats and into engagement, a reality of new American leadership. And that doctrine and its reality has earned President Obama a new Nobel Prize as he caps his accomplishments with the historic Iran nuclear deal announced this morning.Read More
Blessed are the peacemakers.
This may seem like a break from politics, but nothing is more political than the position Serena Williams occupies in American popular culture. Any other athlete with her accomplishments would be lionized. That she's not is an indication of something dark in American culture.Read More