US Interventions Since the 1950s

To understand why much of the world has a love-hate relationship with the United States, one needs only to delve deeper into the litany of US interventions since the 1950s that Suzy Hansen chronicled in The (UK) Guardian, in an article titled: "Unlearning the Myth of American Innocence": The sheer number of international interventions the US launched in... Continue Reading →

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400 Years of American Politics, Starting at Plymouth

If politics begins with conflict -- the jockeying for power among factions for resources, land, cultural dominance, social control, and governmental policies -- one might say that American politics began in the early 1600s, with the first encounter between English settlers and Native Americans. That's when the American Indian Wars began sporadically. In origin-of-America mythology,... 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 →

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