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Trump Fears Investigation: Stirs Up Impeachment Efforts  9/7/2017 
Ed Knudson: Article  James Comey investigates Trump's relation to Russian interference in the election. So Trump fires him. Mike Flynn may be a Russian stooge. Trump may owe Putin millions. Impeachment is probably coming

Grow Up and Apologize, Ted Cruz  8/31/2017 
Richard Eskow: Article  The modern Republican Party has been telling people that government should be diminished in all its forms, because it doesn’t do anything useful. Then comes a hurricane.

Trump and the Christian Fascists  8/16/2017 
Chris Hedges: Article  The more Trump is isolated and attacked the more he is supported by the so-called religious right. Read this for the truth about current religion in politics today and its dangers.

White Nationalists Gather in Public at Charlottesville  8/13/2017 
Ed Knudson: Article  Donald Trump is himself a racist despite anything he says later after he avoided the truth about what happened in Charlottesville, Virginia. The Daily Stormer celebrates the death of Heather Heyer.

Trump/GOP Sabotage to Blame for Coming Insurance Premium Hikes  8/10/2017 
Jessica Corbett: Article  Trump and congressional Republicans' recent actions on healthcare legislation will likely cause double-digit insurance premium hikes for millions of Americans in 2018, Kaiser reports.

Wealthy Republicans are Pushing Common Folks Over the Edge  6/14/2017 
Ed Knudson: Article  James Thomas Hodgkinson, an ordinary person from Illinois, tried to kill a bunch of Republicans as they were playing baseball. The chickens are coming home to roost.

Something Good is Happening in Kansas  6/7/2017 
Jake Johnson: Article  'Congratulations to Kansas for voting to roll back outrageous tax cuts for the wealthy that devastated the state.' Sam Brownback's veto is overidden. Now, reject Trump's similar proposals.

Amazing Disgrace: How Donald Trump—a Thrice-Married, Biblically Illiterate Sexual Predator—Hijacked the Religious Right  3/21/2017 
Sarah Posner: Article  Southern Baptist Russell Moore has opposed the alt-right white nationalism, anti-immigrant program of Trump, but this article tells truth of why 81% of religious right voted for him. It's racism.

Doubling Down on Dystopia: Preventing the Triumph of Trump’s Will   3/13/2017 
John Feffer: Article  While some hope Trump will bring a libertarian utopia, his chief strategist, Steve Bannon, is promising to deconstruct the administrative state, or what could be a dystopian nightmare.

How The Racist Backlash To Barack Obama Gave Us Donald Trump  3/11/2017 
Daniel Marans: Article  The evidence was there all along, according to a top Democratic pollster. There has been 'a hardening of white attitudes toward people of color.' It's not just economics, it's racial hatred.

Donald Trump is a True Delusional Paranoid, a Very Serious Criminal, and/or Willing to Sacrifice Public Trust   3/8/2017 
Robert B. Reich: Article  Without evidence, a delusional, sexual predator of a president tweets lies about President Obama and calls him names ater reading right wing radio sources. This country is in serious trouble now.

The Terrible, Political Misuse of Personal Grief  3/1/2017 
Karen E. Park: Article  Without taking responsibility, Donald Trump sends a warrior to his death, then uses the wife of Ryan Owens to absolve himself of his sin. Outrageous blasphemy.

President Donald Trump Is a Radical Extremist  1/21/2017 
Jeet Heer: Article  Mass Protest along the Presidential Inaugural Route was a powerful rejection of the Trump Agenda. His speech declared war against all enemies, foreign and domestic.

What Americans Really Believe  1/16/2017 
Roger Smith: Article  Americans are much, much more liberal than the corporate media thinks. The American political system is not delivering the kind of politicians the people really want.

Republicans Set Themselves Up For Disaster As Trump Swing Voters Want Liberal Policies  12/27/2016 
Jason Easley: Article  Nearly 40% of white voters without a college degree switched from Obama to Trump based on campaign promises that are the opposite of the Republican agenda. They cannot lie their way out of this.

Watchlisted: The White Supremacist Attack on University Professors  12/24/2016 
Tobin Miller Shearer: Article  What do you do when a conservative group with white supremacy connections paints a target on your back? And meets with Trump officials? A professor at the University of Montana speaks out.

Social Upheaval: Historians Reflect on the Meaning of Trump's Election  12/8/2016 
Article  Both racial animus and economic grievances played a role in the Trump coalition. Very big social breakdown coming. Wife abuse, hostile violence, suicides. New political organizing opportunities.

Stop Asking Me to Empathize with the White Working Class  11/17/2016 
Kali Holloway: Article  For 18 months we have watched this demagogue with nary a workable policy to his name wage one of the most violent campaigns against us in our lifetimes, and seen his star rise because of it.

Revenge of the Forgotten Class  11/14/2016 
Alec MacGillis: Article  Hillary Clinton and the Democrats were playing with fire when they effectively wrote off white workers in the small towns and cities of the Rust Belt.

The False Consciousness of Rural America, Resentment of Urban Elites, May Destroy the Country  11/10/2016 
Jeff Guo: Article  Donald Trump was elected by mostly uneducated voters in rural areas. A book by Kathy Cramer helps us understand how they think. But Trump will enact policies hurtful to their lives, their families.

Why Trump Won and Why Clinton Lost  11/9/2016 
Robert Parry: Article  Hillary Clinton’s stunning defeat reflected a gross misjudgment by the Democratic Party about the depth of populist anger against self-serving elites who have treated much of the country with disdain

Trump is Promoting a Secular Form of Religious Nationalism  11/5/2016 
Philip S. Gorski: Article  Discussing why evangelicals support Trump, the author points out that bloody conquest and violent apocalypse have been the basic recipe for religious nationalism American-style.

FBI Renegades Are Trying To Swing The Presidential Election  11/5/2016 
Whitney Snyder: Article  Two sources told Reuters that investigators in the FBI’s New York field office are 'known to be hostile' to Clinton. A book promoted by Steve Bannon is used as evidence.

Trump the Arsonist: Evangelicals, Survivalists, the Alt-Right, and Hurricane Donald   10/13/2016 
John Feffer: Article  Some white men think their world is ending with liberal achievements of equal rights for women, blacks, immigrants. They hate internationalism and multiculturalism. And they are now revolting.

‘White Trash’ — The Original Underclass   8/5/2016 
Alec MacGillis: Article  Waste people. Rubbish. Clay-eaters. Hillbillies. Two new books that reckon with the long, bleak history of the country’s white poor suggest their plight shouldn’t have caught the country off guard.

Big Problem: Democratic Party Views Professionals More Important than Working Folks  7/27/2016 
Carla Seaquist: Article  A review of Thomas Frank's new book, 'Listen, Liberal' should be taken seriously as the Democrats hold their national convention.

Faith a Significant Factor in the Life and Vision of Hillary Clinton  7/26/2016 
Kristin Du Mez: Article  This is an excellent, brief history of how religion has influenced the first female presidential candidate, both her Methodist faith and Republican background.

Trump is Not a Legitimate Candidate; Do Everything Possible to Stop Him  7/3/2016 
Ed Knudson: Article  Those who say Trump won 'fair and square' are wrong. He didn't win at all. He was given the nomination by the fawning corporate press who couldn't help themselves covering him to make money.

The Terrible Cost to Democrats and Our Nation of Ignoring Tom Frank’s Warnings  7/3/2016 
William K. Black: Article  Rejecting the real concerns of the working class, Democrats have adopted the 'creative class' of meritorious professionals as their primary constituency, and have been failing terribly.

Trump and the Racial Politics of the South  6/27/2016 
Kevin O'Leary: Article  The legacy of slavery and segregation creeps northward. Trump is less New York chutzpah and more Southern demagogue. This is a complete and compelling article important for all pastors and lay people

God, Gays, Guns And Orlando  6/24/2016 
Terrance Heath: Article  The tragedy in Orlando reveals that the three issues that once made up the Republican’s “winning formula” may have finally ripened into political poison for the GOP.

Evangelical Christians are Selling Out Faith for Politics  6/24/2016 
Michael Gerson: Article  A conservative religious commentator critiques evangelicals who support Donald Trump so cheaply, a man of bigotry and malice.

How Fascism Comes to America  5/23/2016 
Robert Kagan: Article  Donald Trump is a television huckster, a phony billionaire, a textbook egomaniac “tapping into” popular resentments and insecurities, but an entire national political party falls into line.

People are Waking Up: Both Parties Ignore the Needs and Interests of 90% of Americans  3/21/2016 
Thom Hartmann: Article  People are demanding an 'outsider' in this election, someone who listens to real people, not the upper class. Thomas Frank's book on liberals helps point to a crisis of representation in America.

Trump is Making a Complete Mockery of the Religious Right  3/18/2016 
Stephen Prothero: Article  The so-called 'evangelicals' have been taken over by hostile political ideologies which haven't delivered on abortion, same-sex marriage or much else. Ted Cruz is a Dominionist joke.

Millions of Ordinary Americans Support Donald Trump for Very Good Reasons  3/10/2016 
Thomas Frank: Article  Much of capitalism, or 'neoliberalism,' has truly failed working folks and doing severe damage to the country as a whole. Trump opposes free trade, and bad wars. Liberals can learn something here.

Talking Up Trump: The Role of Family-based Moral Worldviews in Politics  3/3/2016 
George Lakoff: Article  Here is help understanding why Trump is winning despite some strange views among white evangelicals, free market conservatives, and pragmatic libertarians and the role of political incorrectness.

The GOP’s Dishonesty Led to the Rise of Donald Trump and Ted Cruz  2/3/2016 
Fareed Zakaria: Article  Republican politicians promised for decades what they could never deliver. People question the welfare state in theory, but in practice they like it, and can't live without it.

An Evangelical Pastor: Bernie Sanders is John the Baptist  2/2/2016 
Article  Listening to Bernie Sanders at Liberty University, this pastor sees him repeating what the bible says about the rich and the powerful and the poor and vulnerable. Jesus says nothing on abortion, gays.

The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right  1/19/2016 
Alan Ehrenhalt: Article  Americans have not become more conservative over the last years. Big money has systematically destroyed democracy. A book by Jane Mayer.

Ted Cruz Is a Perfect Example of Why the 1% Runs Washington  1/14/2016 
David Dayen: Article  Only the wealthy have the ability to obtain the kinds of loans Cruz got from New York banks, putting powerful government posts like the Senate that much further out of reach for ordinary people.

The South Won the Civil War: White Men, Racial Resentment, and How the Bitter Minority Came to Rule Us All   12/11/2015 
Paul Rosenberg: Article  Nixon's Silent Majority, neither silent nor a majority, runs Congress and propels Trump. How did this happen? And why do both Democrats and Republicans put up with it?

What's in a Name? Bernie Sanders, the Socialist Candidate  10/30/2015 
Van Gosse: Article  Socialism is not the evil some Republicans believe it is. In fact, its been a big movement in the past. But the wealthy are really, really afraid of it and corporate media degrade it.

Anti-Communist Hysteria Lies Behind Ben Carson Presidential Bid  10/27/2015 
David Corn: Article  Carson has embraced the dark, paranoid, and crazy worldview of far-right pseudohistorian, Cleon Skousen, a John Birch Society advocate, loved by Glenn Beck. It is Billy Graham anti-communism gone wild

National Unity Under God: Ben Carson’s Manifesto  10/27/2015 
Douglas Morgan: Article  Thoughtful Christians, both evangelicals and mainlines, need to be seriously concerned about the false ideas of Christian faith espoused by Carson.

On Guns and Religious Liberty, Ben Carson is 'Not an Authentic Adventist'  10/27/2015 
Sarah Posner: Article  A central tenet of Adventism, a literal apocalypse, is not important to Carson. Neither is pacifism and religious liberty. What are his real beliefs?

Jeremy Corbyn: A New Popular Resistance is Rising Up  9/14/2015 
Chris Hedges: Article  The new leader of Britain's Labour Party represents the kind of substantive policy direction needed in the U.S., against militarism and for economic justice, support for the arts, public institutions.

Bernie Sanders Speaks at Liberty University  9/14/2015 
Lauren McCauley: Article  I came here today because I believe from the bottom of my heart that it is vitally important for those of us who hold different views to be able to engage in a civil discourse.

Jimmy Carter and the Evangelical Left  9/10/2015 
Elizabeth Stoker Bruenig: Article  Here is a thoughtful interpretation of how the religious right has come to be and its association with racial exclusion.

Donald Trump: Neo-Nazi Candidate of the Fearful and Frustrated  9/7/2015 
Evan Osnos: Article  Fifty-six percent of the Tea Party support him, along with white nationalists, far-right extremists, and frustrated workers. Trump is leading a hostile take-over of the Republican Party.

Tracking Trump: The Danger of Fascism in America  9/3/2015 
Ed Knudson: Article  Hitler used intense ethnic hatred and appealed to Germanic superiority through violence. Trump is using intense and explicit racism to emotionally manipulate voters. Image by George Hall.

Interfaith Leaders Call on Scott Walker to Address His Comments that Most Muslims are Extremists  9/2/2015 
Annysa Johnson: Article  In the Republican campaign Donald Trump is not the only candidate using hateful terminology for whole ethnic groups. Politics based on race and religious hatred should be rejected.

Trump Is the Authoritarian Ruler Republicans—and Some Dems—Have Been Waiting For  8/14/2015 
John Dean: Article  Without question, Trump is the most prototypical authoritarian leader to ever so prominently seek the American presidency. He will destroy the Republican Party if successful and its racist base.

The American Ruling Class Now is in Serious Trouble  8/4/2015 
Robert B. Reich: Article  Since the 1980s, millions and millions of Americans lost their jobs, their savings, their homes. Now 79% say government is run by a few big interests looking after themselves.

US Catholic Bishops Take on Donald Trump  8/4/2015 
Michael O'Loughlin: Article  Trump's comments about illegal immigrants from Mexico has riled US Catholic bishops. About 41 percent of the US Catholic Church identifies as Hispanic. 75 percent of Latinos view Trump unfavorably.

A Democratic Socialist is Running for President in 2016  5/7/2015 
Peter Dreier: Article  Bernie Sanders is one of many affirming socialism, Paul Tillich, Karl Barth, Jane Addams, John Dewey, Helen Keller, W.E.B. DuBois, Albert Einstein, Walter Reuther, Martin Luther King.

The Majority of Americans Need a New Political Party. Here is Its Leader  3/16/2015 
Chris Hedges: Article  The church can help working class and middle class Americans to come together around new leaders like Kshama Sawant and Gayle McLaughlin.

The Link between Terrorism and Fascism: Scared People Readily Accept Dictators.  2/28/2015 
Eric Margolis: Article  Military equipment producers and sellers, intelligence agencies and personnel, aggrieved white men afraid they are losing control to colored folk, all have reason to keep the public terrorized.

A New Politics in Greece:The Young have Rejected the Old and Corrupt Who Refuse to Pay Taxes  2/7/2015 
Paul Mason: Article  The classic couple in a dysfunctional economy is a grey-haired man with a twentysomething woman. It becomes a story of old men with oligarchic power flaunting their wealth and influence. (The Kochs)

The Podemos Wave: A Brand New Politics has Emerged in Spain  1/19/2015 
Boaventura de Sousa Santos: Article  A radical new politics is emerging in southern Europe (Portugal, Spain, Greece) against financial, banking elites and big corporations. Stimulated by ideas from South America the movement may spread.

Americans Abroad are Asked: Is the U.S. Crazy?  1/12/2015 
Ann Jones: Article  Now living in Oslo, Norway, the well-traveled author runs into people all over who wonder if the country is losing its mind. Are crazy people running things here?

Democrats Helped Create the Current Police State  12/5/2014 
Zaid Jilani: Article  More police is not the answer to inequality, but that's been the policy in the U.S. since the 60s for Democrats as well as Republicans. It's time to stop the violence against black people.

War on Witches: Reagan Judge Denounces Myth of Voter Fraud  10/17/2014 
Brendan Fischer: Article  True the Vote, a Texas-based group that supports voter ID laws and hypes the voter fraud myth, worked with Wisconsin Tea Party groups to pass laws now overturned.

The Civil War Never Ended; The Neo-Confederate Tea Party Fights On  10/2/2014 
Denise Oliver Velez: Article  Real Republicans should be outraged that Southern extremists have taken over their party who are anti-equality, anti-public school, anti-governement, and against human rights for all people.

The Battle of Ideas is Percolating Below the Surface: Revolt is Now the Only Option  9/17/2014 
Chris Hedges: Article  Israel has made Gaza into an Arab death camp. American political support for Israel is a sign of complete corruption of the political class. Hope is possible in people who decide to revolt.

Ferguson Violence Exposes a Failure of Politics  8/21/2014 
Thomas Adams: Article  Politics is supposed to be the way people govern themselves. But poor and black people are not allowed access to politics. They are controlled by others who make money off of them.

A New Politics for Urban America: From Pittsburgh to Seattle, New York to Phoenix  4/28/2014 
Harold Meyerson: Article  Pastors and churches, immigrants and young people, have transformed the demographics of urban America. Now urban politics is also changing drastically...

Please, Can We Govern Now?  10/18/2013 
E.J. Dionne Jr.: Article  The government shutdown is over for now, but can Republicans govern when they let themselves be controlled by talk show hosts and extremist organizations?

Tea Party Leaders Sacrifice Their Followers to the Interests of Billionaires  10/2/2013 
Thom Hartmann: Article  Americans angry about big bank bailouts and government support for big business should not be voting for politicians who promote those very policies. Want health care? Don't support the Tea Party.

The Rise of the New New Left  9/15/2013 
Peter Beinart: Article  Bill de Blasio’s win is part of a vast shift that could upend three decades of American political thinking. This is a brilliant analysis, best in years.

Rand Paul and Ted Cruz Attend Conservative Pastors Event in Iowa  8/1/2013 
Peter Montgomery: Article  Republican presidential hopefuls attend event by David Lane, extremist religious right wing organizer. Pastors have expenses paid to attend.

The Corporate Constitutional Coup - Don't Let People Vote  6/26/2013 
Richard Eskow: Article  The long term goal of corporate involvement in politics is limiting who can vote. The word "conservative" now clearly means to be opposed to the rights of minorities and those of lesser means.

Calvinism Gone Wild: Billionaires Dominate Politics  5/16/2013 
Andy Kroll: Article  Political parties no longer have much power to choose candidates. Billionaires control the process now. The IRS cannot or will not do much about it. The media ignore all this.

A President for Everyone, Except Black People  5/7/2013 
Kevin R. Johnson: Article  A pastor in Philadelphia wonders why a black president is taking black people for granted, in both his appointments and his policies....not a transformational president.

The Second Amendment was Ratified to Preserve Slavery  1/15/2013 
Thom Hartmann: Article  The 2nd Amendment is not about individuals owning guns. It is about Southern racial fears that the federal government would not allow slave patrol militias in Southern states. Read the real history!

Feeding Fear: The Sad History of the National Rifle Association  1/15/2013 
Steven Rosenfeld: Article  The NRA supported gun restrictions after the killings of John Kennedy, Martin Luther King, and Robert Kennedy. Then in 1977 it was taken over by violence-prone libertarians.

Romney's Latest Terrible Lie: 'Obama Sympathizes With Muslim Rioters'  9/12/2012 
Dave Johnson: Article  Even Republicans like Peggy Noonan realize that Romney should not crassly use violence overseas to engage in political attacks, especially when his facts are wrong.

People Can't Believe the Level of Cruelty in the Paul Ryan Budget  9/2/2012 
Joshua Holland: Article  People want to believe their leaders are truthful and sincere, so they have trouble believing how extremist conservative Republicans have become.

Paul Ryan: A Young Man Who Lies for a Living  8/30/2012 
Ed Knudson: Article  A story at Fox News details the lies of the Republican vice-presidential candidate during his convention speech.

The Romney Campaign: Massaging Racial Anger and Resentment  7/31/2012 
Paul Waldman: Article  Romney is taking an Obama comment ('you didn't build that') out of context to portray him as giving free stuff to people who don't deserve it.

The Gingrich Winning Formula: Racist Backlash Rhetoric  1/22/2012 
Adele M. Stan: Article  Gingrich won in South Carolina by playing the race card over and over. He is a dangerous, demogagic figure threatening to the future of justice in this country.

The Tea Party Republican Problem: A Continuation of Backlash Politics by Angry, White, Southern Males  12/22/2011 
Robert B. Reich: Article  Here backlash politics, a big theme of this website, is clearly documented, with reference to Newt Gingrich.

Newt Gingrich Began the Politics of Hatred and Division, Receives Cheap Grace  12/19/2011 
Max Blumenthal: Article  Evangelical leader James Dobson first hated Gingrich then offered him cheap forgiveness. Here is the paradigmatic backlash politician from the South, now a front runner Republican.

Romney Should Not Be Elected by Hiding His Faith  10/21/2011 
Madison Shockley: Article  A UCC pastor says voters have a need to know the specifics of a candidate's faith. Romney wants people to accept his Mormanism without telling them it's strange teachings.

Empire of Chaos: How 9/11 Shaped the Politics of a Failing State  9/11/2011 
Arun Gupta: Article  The role of neoconservative ideology figures large in this excellent interpretation of recent American history.

Dr. James Leininger: Funding the Religious Right  9/8/2011 
Bill Berkowitz: Article  Rick Perry would probably not be running for president were it not for this rich Texan who made his money selling hospital beds.

One Party is More Rotten than the Other: The GOP as Apocalyptic Cult  9/4/2011 
Mike Lofgren: Article  A Republican congressional staffer quits because his party has gone loony. Here is an excellent analysis of current political culture.

Rick Perry: A Tool of Extremist Element of Religious Right  8/16/2011 
Rachel Tabachnick: Article  Two Republican presidential candidates are now explicitly associated with extremist religion. Here's more on the Dominionists and the New Apostolic Reformation.

The New Apostolic Reformation Wants to Make the U.S. a Theocracy  8/6/2011 
Paul Rosenberg: Article  C. Peter Wagner of 'church growth' fame picks Rick Perry for president, along with other religious right leaders participating in Perry's prayer festival.

The Uncivil War of the GOP  7/20/2011 
Sam Smith: Article  The Republican Party is now threatening to take down the government of the United States. This article begins to provide historical understandings for why they are willing to do so.

Donald Trump: Public, Blatant Racism  4/28/2011 
Ari Melber: Article  Obama provides a long-form birth certificate, but birther craziness will continue because it's about deep racism in the U.S., not facts

Sometimes the Truth is Told about Current Politics  4/10/2011 
David Michael Green: Article  Very large numbers of people believe the lies they are being told by public officials and corporate media. Here is a better interpretation of recent history.

A Study Guide on Sources of Conservative State Legislation  3/28/2011 
William Cronon: Article  A big controversy has erupted over this piece by a history professor at the University of Wisconsin who Republicans now want to smear.

A Teacher Tells the Truth about Wealth and Unions  3/25/2011 
Jim Mamer: Article  Republican leaders and policies create economic chaos and budget deficits. Then they blame teachers, firemen and police officers. Don't believe them.

Wisconsin May Be a New American Awakening  2/22/2011 
David Michael Green: Article  Barbaric Republican politics is finally exposing truth: corporate powers want all money for themselves, leaving the people as wage slaves with no power to fight back, in a democracy no less!

Political Cartoon: Sinking US Economy  2/22/2011 
George Hall: Article  Here is what conservatives want to throw out of the sinking boat of the US economy.

Talk of Civility Masks the Truth: Capitulation  1/23/2011 
David Michael Green: Article  Everyone's talking nicey-nice after a political shooting. But a real war has been going on for three decades now. A plutocracy enriches itself at the expense of working, middle, and poorest classes.

The New American Oligarchy: How the Few Got So Rich  12/2/2010 
Andy Kroll: Article  It started actually with Jimmy Carter in the 70s, Democrats betrayed the New Deal heritage, structured the economy to favor the wealthy few.

How Millions of Evangelicals were Duped into Voting for a Corporate Agenda  11/10/2010 
Frank Schaeffer: Article  The Republican Party continues to appeal to evangelical conservatives fixated on end times, reconstructionism and abortion, terribly skewing the political process in this country.

The Great Predicament Facing Obama  11/6/2010 
Lawrence Goodwyn: Article  A historian comments on the meaning of the 2010 election, the great corporate deception visited upon the American people, and the promising patience of Obama.

The Corporate Domination of American Politics  11/4/2010 
Chalmers Johnson: Article  The U.S. constitution is suspicious of democracy and sets up a system of rule by the elite, a truly conservative notion. A corporate elite now in power makes democracy an illusion.

Ten Commandments for Progressives after the November Defeat  11/4/2010 
Michael Lerner: Article  Obama has not pushed for a real progressive agenda, so electoral losses are not a rejection of progressive policies. A caring society is possible.

Ballot Box Blues  11/2/2010 
Tom Engelhardt: Article  Why the 2010 election is the most dispiriting election of a lifetime of watching elections since the 60s.

A Rhetoric of Death: Inside the Campaign to Destroy the Legitimacy of the First Black President  9/24/2010 
Max Blumenthal: Article  The Republican Party is allowing itself to become dominated by the anger, fear, hatred and hostility of the corporate-funded, so-called Tea Party movement.

Another Dark Age Descending upon the World?  8/25/2010 
David Michael Green: Article  The author looks at the facts about today's political culture and sees much evidence for American decline due to regressive political leadership.

Guns and God: The Tea Party-Christian Reconstructionism-Militia Connection  7/13/2010 
Sarah Posner: Article  There are direct links among Tea Party Republican political candidates and extremist Christian movements in this country.

Newt Gingrich: The Explicit Use of Religious Language for Political Purposes  5/20/2010 
Ed Knudson: Article  In his new book, the former House Speaker suggests he is the messiah who will 'save America' from socialist secularism. This is a real form of fascist talk and should be rejected by people of faith.

Inside the Democratic Party on Achieving Health Care Reform  4/10/2010 
Ryan Grimm: Article  The role of progressives in the process of adopting health care reform is discussed here, with attention to specific personalities and the role of Blue Dogs. Want to run for office?

The Rising Tide of Racial Anxiety and Secessionist Sentiment  3/23/2010 
Melissa Harris-Lacewell: Article  Verbal attacks on black legislators expose the underlying racism of the tea party movement and echo a long terrible history in this country.

Overheated Talk is Seriously Hurting Republicans  3/22/2010 
David Frum: Article  Having a credible minority party is important in a two party political system, but Republicans are now speaking such irrationality that their views are no longer credible, even for Republicans.

A Country Steeped in Violence, Political Stupidity, Racism, Sexism, Homophobia, and Religious Magic  3/7/2010 
David Michael Green: Article  Everything looks bad in politics and economy these days, better to face facts and keep the passport handy.

The Racism of the Tea Party Movement is Confirmed  3/4/2010 
Alexander Zaitchik: Article  The attack of Glenn Beck on Van Jones demonstrates the so-called Tea Party movement is generated by racism clear and simple.

Corporatism: Merging the Worst Parts of Big Government and Big Business  2/3/2010 
Christopher Hayes: Article  America is in the midst of a system failure. Only a wave of democratic participation can save this country from the 'iron law of oligarchy' of Robert Michels.

The Southern Dominance of Real Politics Can End  1/22/2010 
Ed Knudson: Article  The South has and does dominate the politics of the United States. Ordinary Republicans can help end this now. Or, maybe not.

Progressives Should Use Protestant Churches as an Organizational Infrastructure  1/7/2010 
Ed Knudson: Article  With a history of protest, the primary Protestant churches and pastors can be partners for social and political change today all over the country.

Obama: You Have to Believe Something  12/23/2009 
Drew Westen: Article  The president can compromise on policy but not principle. His problems are not from the left, but the center. Independents don't think he stands for anything.

Obama Accepts Nobel Peace Prize  10/9/2009 
Article  This is the text of President Obama's statement on hearing he was awared the Nobel prize for his leadership for international peace.

The Racism of Tea Party Fundamentalists  9/22/2009 
Adele M. Stan: Article  The Values Voter Summit reveals differences between the religious right and a new, virulent form of civic religion, constitutional fundamentalism.

Obama and the Racial Divide  9/17/2009 
Naomi Klein: Article  Racist attacks on Obama continue even though he is not carrying out policy which actually benefits black people, such as the UN Durban Conference.

The Problem of the Small State Senator  8/24/2009 
Article  Small states like North Dakota, Montana, and Wyoming with three percent of the population can determine what happens in health care for everyone else in the country.

Real Nazis Hate Socialism  8/14/2009 
Ed Knudson: Article  The word socialism is being used again and again in the health care debate by the right along with Nazism. But who are the real Nazis? Not to speak up today is same as not speaking against Hitler.

Pissed Off and Ready to Fight  8/14/2009 
David Michael Green: Article  The ugliness of town hall disruptions ought to make progressives so angry they begin to actually organize to counter corporate GOP extremists creating a public climate like that in Germany in 1933.

Republicans Turn to Fascism  8/6/2009 
Sara Robinson: Article  As America declines the possibilities for fascism increase. This article discusses actual political markers on the road to fascism in America today which need to be taken very seriously.

Blue Dog Democrats Fail to Represent Interests of Their Districts  7/21/2009 
David Sirota: Article  These conservative Democrats against health care reform need money from lobbyists so they vote against the needs of their people.

Celebrity Culture Produces Junk Politics  5/6/2009 
Chris Hedges: Article  Brand Obama will not prosecute the Bush administration for war crimes. It effectively masks the wanton internal destruction and theft being carried out by our corporate state.

Grief over Dead Gods: No More Magic Market  3/10/2009 
Ed Knudson: Article  The three gods of Republican politics are failing them; the grief will be extensive; here is some pastoral counseling.

Is the Left Opposed to Religion?  3/15/2005 
Michael Lerner: Notes  Rabbi Michael Lerner discusses why the left is hesitant about religious believers.

Keeping the Democratic Faith  2/15/2005 
Ed Knudson: Article  Post-election analysis has lots of people talking about how Democrats can address issues of faith and politics: Michael Lind, Peter Dreier, George Lakoff, John B. Judis, Ruy Teixeira, etc.

Bush Fails to Implement Faith-Based Initiative  2/15/2005 
Article  David Kuo who worked in the White House reveals lack of interest there for really pushing for faith-based programs.

A Real Ownership Society  1/20/2005 
Robert B. Reich: Article  Robert B. Reich spells out what he thinks would be a real ownership society.

The Great Backlash  1/19/2005 
Comment  Thomas Frank talks about political culture since the 1960s.

Shirley Chisholm: First Black Woman to Seek White House  1/7/2005 
Byron Williams: Article  Presidential candidate, seven-term congresswoman forged her own moral compass By Byron Williams

Howard Dean on the Future of the Democratic Party  12/9/2004 
Article  Remarks made by Governor Howard Dean on the Future of the Democratic Party. Given at The George Washington University on December 8, 2004.

A Radical Leftist: Dwight D. Eisenhower  11/24/2004 
Article  Just how extreme are the policies of George W. Bush is reflected in this speech by Dwight D. Eishenhower in 1953.

The Political Fundamentalism of the Bush Administration  11/22/2004 
Article  David Domke of the University of Washington has researched statements by and news coverage of the Bush administration.

It's Time to Reconfigure the United States  11/22/2004 
Article  Twelve liberal states should be expelled from the union: California, Illinois, New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Maryland, and Delaware.

It's Not Your Father's Republican Party Anymore  10/6/2004 
Article  Clyde Prestowitz worked in the Reagan administration but as a conservative is alarmed with the current direction of the country.

Yes, Indeed: Republicans Want to Cut Social Security  10/5/2004 
Article  Liberals are accused of scaring our elders by saying conservatives want to cut Social Security; but it's true. Paul Krugman talks about Greenspan.

Let the South Fade Away  10/1/2004 
Article  The worst elements in the South have come to power nationally with George W. Bush, according to a book by Anthony Dunbar.

Market Fundamentalists Created Current Iraq Crisis  10/1/2004 
Article  Naomi Klein explains how the Bush-Bremer reconstruction plan has misaberably failed and caused resistance and violence in Iraq.

The Uncertain Faith of George W. Bush   9/16/2004 
Article  The president prays to God for wisdom but won't meet with faith leaders who disagree with him.

Suckers for Jesus   9/15/2004 
Article  Why evangelical Christians should not vote Republican, by Ernest Partridge of Crisis Papers.

More Character Assassination: Bush on Drugs   9/5/2004 
Ed Knudson: Article  A new book by Kitty Kelly accuses Bush of taking drugs. But it's Karl Rove and Republicans that have put character assassination at the center of politics.

Outstanding Public Schools   8/27/2004 
Article  When was it decided that public schools were so bad?

What's the Matter with Kansas (and Middle America) ?   6/22/2004 
Article  Thomas Frank's book discusses why the middle and working classes vote against their own interests.

The Truth about Ronald Reagan   6/11/2004 
Article  Sam Smith puts together several responses to the death of Mr. Reagan.

Marcus Raskin on Reagan the Movie Star   6/10/2004 
Article  Ronald Reagan's film background influenced his presidency.

The Use of Congregations for Political Purposes   6/3/2004 
Comment  The Bush campaign wants to use 1600 Pennsylvania congregations to help re-elect him president.

Who made the grade? Middle-Class 2003: How Congress Voted   5/27/2004 
Article  The Drum Major Institute for Public Policy has published a major study on middle class values and congress.

A Better Strategy to Respond to Terror   5/26/2004 
Article  Rabbi Michael Lerner writes an excellent article on the role of corporations in creating conditions for global terror.

Frenzied Crowds in Fallujah   4/1/2004 
Article  Photos from Fallujah, Iraq, on March 31, 2004, when four American contractors were attacked and burned.

Religious Belief and Political Parties   2/11/2004 
Article  An article by Jim Wallis of SoJourners discussing how religious faith has affected political movements.

Paul O`Neill Exposes White House Workings   1/13/2004 
Article  Former Treasurer Secretary tells it like it is in the Bush White House.

The Weird Men Behind George W. Bush's War   9/16/2003 
Article  A reprint by Michael Lind in the New Statesman.

Cynical Exploitation of Human Suffering   9/15/2003 
Article  Paul Krugman makes clear the degree to which the Bush administration has used the 9/11 attack to promote its right wing agenda.

Racism in Republican Politics   8/20/2003 
Article  Karl Rove and Tom Delay seek to redraw congressional district lines in Texas.

Iraq War Increases Terrorist Threat   4/1/2003 
Ed Knudson: Article  Stephen Holmes disagrees with the argument of Robert Kagan about weak and strong powers and suggests Iraq is the wrong war if the goal is defeating terrorism.

Ashamed of My Country: the Views of an Eighty Year Old   3/31/2003 
Article  An eighty year old man, a veteran of WWII, speaks his views about the Iraq war.

The End of History and American Empire   3/31/2003 
Article  Francis Fukuyama has written a book on The End of History influencial among newconservatives, helping to create the consciousness now supporting the Iraq war. Here is a 1989 article by him.

US Marines turn fire on civilians at the bridge of death   3/31/2003 
Article  American news media are keeping the full horror of war from the American people. Here is the reality in Nasiriya.

Shocking and Awful   3/30/2003 
Dan Brook: Article  Terrorism comes in many forms, yet always has the same result.

Ex-general Jay Garner Slated to Run Iraq   3/26/2003 
Article  Garner's career is one of tight ties with both the US military and high-capital defense industry.

The Thirty-Year Itch   3/24/2003 
Reprint  Three decades ago, in the throes of the energy crisis, Washington's hawks conceived of a strategy for US control of the Persian Gulf's oil.

Outrageous Agenda Manipulation: Congress Passes Big Tax Cuts   3/22/2003 
Article  It is hard to believe that the Bush package of huge tax cuts causing massive deficits has been passed in the middle of a war. The Bush program asks our children to pay for what we are doing now.

A Rule-based and Justice-oriented, Democratic Multilateral order   3/22/2003 
Article  David Held discusses what should replace the conservative commitment to war. You are encouraged to read this outstanding article.

Don't Look for Democracy: Predictions About the Iraq War   3/21/2003 
Article  Chuck O'Connell predicted the Gulf War in 1999, and offers some more predictions here.

When Democracy Failed: The Warnings of History   3/20/2003 
Article  Thom Hartmann writes a chilling article. Be sure to read this as you ponder the meaning of the Iraq war.

Project for the New American Century  3/20/2003 
Reprint  Statement of Principles of this neoconservative group promoting world empire.

Political Trouble for Lois McMahan   3/11/2003 
Article  A state representative of the religious right speaks wrongly about Islam and finds herself in trouble with the public.

I Want You to Join Us in War   2/27/2003 
Article  A graphic poster points to the nature of war.

Bowling for Columbine   11/26/2002 
Article  Michael Moore's movie tells the truth about why there are so many gun killings in the United States.

To Have and to Have Not  11/17/2002 
Michael Lind: Article  Economic and social inequality have been growing in the United States, but it's against the rules to talk about a rapacious American oligarchy.

Making a Killing: The Business of War   11/13/2002 
Comment  International Consortium of Investigative Journalists publishes an eleven part series.

Who Knows about Islam?   11/9/2002 
Comment  Edward W. Said tells the truth about Bernard Lewis, Samuel Huntington, and Karen Armstrong.

The Skewing of American Politics   11/7/2002 
Ed Knudson: Comment  Wtihout the religious right Republicans would not be claiming victory after the 2002 election.

Outstanding Senator Dies   10/25/2002 
Comment  Paul Wellstone, Senator from Minnesota, dies in plane crash.

The Eagle Has Crash Landed   7/3/2002 
Comment  Provocative thoughts from Immanuel Wallerstein in Foreign Policy

The Republican Tradition of Theodore Roosevelt   2/14/2002 
Reprint  It may be time for Republicans to reconsider their heritage.

Reclaiming the Human   9/30/2001 
Comment  9/11 brought some unlikely people together.

The Power of Compassion   9/29/2001 
Photos  Photographs depicting human solidarity across international boundaries; economic calculation may not be as central in human relations as some believe.

The Realism of Violence   9/29/2001 
Photos  A graphic slideshow of photos depicting the horror of the September 11 attack.

Drawing Back the Curtain from the United States   9/20/2001 
Comment  JoAnn liked what Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson had to say.

Politics Section

The term "politics" refers to contests among persons, political parties, media, think tanks, and multiple other organizations to define the best and most appropriate beliefs, ideas, strategies and policies which should prevail in the public context. Our time has been characterized by "cultural wars" where differing beliefs and values and the persons who hold them are referred to as good or evil, which has made politics a particularly nasty acivity. We believe it is important to think carefully, honestly, and sincerely about these matters, but finally it is necessary to have courage to jump into the fray and become involved, a posture which can be called "critical engagement." This means to think, decide, and act, and then learn from the action, think again, decide again, and act again. And this must be done in solidarity with others, thinking and deciding and acting together.

The terms liberal and conservative have become labels for these cultural wars, but the actual meanings of these terms are often less than useful for clear understandings of the issues facing the country and the world.

The election of Barack Obama in 2008 represents a shift in the public consciousness away from mean-spirited attitudes and toward more rational discussion of policy options. Whether he can be successful in this remains to be seen.

The events of September 11, 2001, fundamentally changed the public context of life as we begin the 21st century. How we "see" what is happening around us determines how we think and feel, how we preach and teach, how we decide what is right and wrong, good and bad. So, "reading" the public context is the focus of this section.

At this website we want to enter the debate but we want to do so with careful use of political terms. We seek to speak in ways that reflect what is truly right, real, and good, promoting public responsibility. We want to contribute to defining what it means to be a "religious progressive" in today's political culture.

Some Helpful Political Links
  • The Democratic Party. The Democratic Party is committed to keeping our nation safe and expanding opportunity for every American. That commitment is reflected in an agenda that emphasizes the strong economic growth, affordable health care for all Americans, retirement security, open, honest and accountable government, and securing our nation while protecting our civil rights and liberties.
  • The Republican Party. The symbol of the Republican Party is the elephant. During the mid term elections in 1874, Democrats tried to scare voters into thinking President Ulysses S. Grant would seek to run for an unprecedented third term. Thomas Nast, a cartoonist for Harper's Weekly, depicted a Democratic donkey trying to scare a Republican elephant - and both symbols stuck. For a long time Republicans have been known as the "G.O.P." with party faithful believing it meant the "Grand Old Party." But apparently the original meaning (in 1875) was "gallant old party."
  • Alliance for Justice. A national association of more than 90 organizations dedicated to advancing justice and democracy. For 30 years we have been leaders in the fight for a more equitable society on behalf of a broad constituency of environmental, consumer, civil and women's rights, children's, senior citizens' and other groups. Alliance for Justice is premised on the belief that all Americans have the right to secure justice in the courts and to have our voice heard when government makes decisions that affect our lives.
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In Germany they came first for the Communists and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a communist. Then they came for the Jews and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Jew. Then they came for the trade unionists and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a trade unionist. Then they came for the Catholics and I didn't speak up because I was a Protestant. Then they came for me -- and by that time, there was no one left to speak up.
- Martin Niemöller

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