Revolt of the Elders

  Where sprawl meets rangeland, a GOP warhorse sets out to save his party from itself by Dick Russell, Mother Jones, Sept-Oct, 2006 “Don’t be under any illusions that I’m a great man,” Pete McCloskey insisted, his steel-blue eyes fixed on his interlocutor. “I’m just pissed off.” It was mid-May, three weeks before the Republican […]

Was the 2004 Election Stolen?

Republicans prevented more than 350,000 voters in Ohio from casting ballots or having their votes counted – enough to have put John Kerry in the White House. The complete article, with Web-only citations, follows. For more, see exclusive documents, sources, charts and commentary. Like many Americans, I spent the evening of the 2004 election watching […]

Bush, Lies, and Videotape

If George W. Bush were a character in a novel or a play, last week might have been the turning point in the narrative. He was shown on film being explicitly warned, just hours before Hurricane Katrina hit, that the levees in New Orleans were vulnerable. But everyone knows that after the levees broke, he […]

The Choice Between Two Americas

There have always been two Americas – the progressive America of Abraham Lincoln’s Union and the reactionary America of Jefferson Davis’s Confederacy. Presidents Franklin Delano Roosevelt and John F. Kennedy symbolize the progressive tradition, whereas Presidents Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush are the icons of the reactionary tradition. The constituency of progressive America consists […]

A Nation Shamed, A People Betrayed

George W. Bush’s response to the Katrina disaster that sowed death and destruction in New Orleans and other Gulf Coast communities has demonstrated to the American people his incompetence, arrogance, and callous disregard of human life. This President has forfeited the last vestiges of his credibility, legitimacy, and authority. He has been revealed not only […]

For a People’s United States

Progressives vs Reactionaries and Liberals I am for the tradition defined by the progressive credo – the people, the United States, freedom. I am opposed to the reactionary credo of God, America, liberty. Freedom empowers the people; liberty empowers the rich and powerful. The progressive tradition of Abraham Lincoln, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and John F. […]

Black Destiny

I am deeply honored to be able to participate in this gathering of elders, and to address the urgent task of protecting our young children. To achieve this goal, we shall have to empower our communities politically and economically. And to achieve this, we shall have to challenge the present political system at its roots. […]

100 Writers Blooming Madly

“There’s only one thing the ruling class really wants: Everything.” M. Parenti “Since we seem to have landed in a battle, let us fight!” B. Brecht A warm night with a hundred writers in a theater on the Westside talking about the government. What are the chances? No, not your typical “writers room” this LA […]