‘To Bigotry No Sanction, To Persecution No Assistance’

“The Government of the United States, which gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance, requires only that they who live under its protection should demean themselves as good citizens, in giving it on all occasions their effectual support.” -- George Washington, in a speech to Hebrew congregation of Newport, RI, 1790, before ratification... Continue Reading →

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Will Deficit Hawks Abandon Principle?

It's hilarious to witness the blatant hypocrisy of fiscal conservatives who railed against budget deficits during the Obama administration as if he was going to bring about financial armageddon, who now praise Donald Trump's plan to slash taxes and blow a multi-trillion dollar hole in the nation's budget. The Trump administration "is using economic growth... Continue Reading →

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37 Reasons Hillary Lost. Misogyny Was At Least One

This meme offers 37 reasons Hillary Clinton lost the 2016 election. Susan Bordo contributes to understanding it with The Destruction of Hillary Clinton,  how the right and left vilified and brought down "an extraordinarily well-qualified, experienced, and admired candidate" through a combination of smears and misogyny. She compares the treatment of Hillary to that of Anne Boleyn,... Continue Reading →

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Crazies of the Left and Right Threaten Freedom

A long-time tactic of extremists and terrorists is to put mainstream "moderates" in a constant state of reaction, to essentially eliminate the middle by forcing people to choose between left-wing anarchists (or socialists and communists) engaging in violence to challenge what they perceive as an anti-democratic regime and right-wing fascists engaging in violence to defend... Continue Reading →

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Americans Must Learn to Argue Better, Serve Together

With the rising climate of contempt in America, bridge-building and reconciliation activities, "to repair the social fabric, to restore trust and civility" will be necessary. This was clear before the end of the 2016 election, because it was easy to predict that at least 40 percent of the electorate would have felt "despondent, disgusted, betrayed"... Continue Reading →

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‘The Dying Art of Disagreement’

"To say, I disagree; I refuse; you’re wrong;...these are the words that define our individuality, give us our freedom, enjoin our tolerance, enlarge our perspectives, seize our attention, energize our progress, make our democracies real, and give hope and courage to oppressed people everywhere...And the problem, as I see it, is that we’re failing at... Continue Reading →

Democratic Leaders for the Future

It's time for progressives to turn the page from mourning Hillary Clinton's loss, Bernie Sanders' loss, and Donald Trump's win. Here are 10 national Democratic leaders for the future, according to Mother Jones: CA. Senator Kamilla Harris, MN Senator Amy Klobuchar, IL Senator Tammy Duckworth, NJ Senator Cory Booker, NY Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, VA Senator Tim... Continue Reading →

A Shift From Zealotry to Pragmatism?

"Stop listening to the bombastic loudmouths on the radio, television and the internet. To hell with them. They don’t want anything done for the public good. Our incapacity is their livelihood.” -- Senator John McCain (R-AZ), casting the deciding vote killing the Republicans' extremely flawed plan to repeal and replace Obamacare. As Donald Trump and Republicans... Continue Reading →

George Washington Suffered From Fake News, Too

Letters purporting to be from Gen. George Washington casting doubt on the ability of Americans to defeat the British, and expressing regret in the declaration of independence, were forgeries. But they haunted Washington for the rest of his career. More.

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