On June 13 in New York City, Hillary Clinton officially launched her presidential campaign.
“Democracy can’t be just for billionaires and corporations,” she yelled to the crowd of excited spectators and supporters (billmoyers.com).
By Robert A. Vella
Well over a year ago, The Secular Jurist began to repeatedly warn Democrats they would lose the crucial 2014 election and seriously divide the party going forward if they didn’t coalesce around a core set of principles (see here, here, and here). In A Blueprint for the Left, we proposed the following political platform:
Now, after the November debacle, some Democrats are warming-up to our idea… belatedly. From Richard Eskow of Campaign…
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Tanya’s Comment: Don’t just complain- ACT! Apathy is not an option!
I was horrified when, through the “Citizens United” ruling, corporations were given the Supreme Court’s blessing to spend unlimited sums of money on the candidates of their choice. How, I wondered, can individuals like me have an equal say in elections? Can my vote still count?
Just a few nights ago, I got an email from an activist group I’m a member of called People For the American Way (PFAW). Now I have hope that, just maybe, important reforms can be made to America’s campaign finance laws. I always knew it was a long shot, so getting this email was a very pleasant and very encouraging surprise:
By Robert A. Vella
We on the political left are a frustrated lot. Our fundamental values, economic fairness and social justice, are so plainly relatable to the human condition that their marginalization within national politics causes us intense consternation. If the people support those ideas, so goes our thinking, then why aren’t they given higher priority in democracies which are supposed to be publicly responsive?
The answer challenges our competency to achieve what we so emphatically promote. The political left was once a powerful force in western politics. The great social democracies of Europe, the New Deal era in America, made tremendous strides in economic and social equality. Then it was split apart due to self-inflicted wounds and through internal divisions which were aggressively exploited by an opportunistic conservative movement. In the aftermath of that fall from power, the Left has failed to properly reorganize itself. It remains a fractious…
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The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has been working to overturn voter ID laws all over the country, and this represents a major victory for them, as they were one of the plaintiffs in the case that challenged the constitutionality of voter ID laws in Pennsylvania and won. This case also represents the change that the public can bring about when we put our thoughts and actions to a cause!
This is a brilliant and sharp analysis of what’s happening today in America. May it also serve as a warning to those of us who still aren’t taking the Tea Party seriously as a threat to American society and democracy. -Tanya
As the United States wallows through a self-inflicted crisis over another government shutdown combined with a potentially catastrophic financial default, it is critically important to recognize what we are seeing – the piecemeal destruction of American democracy by its radical right-wing. This is not petty partisan politics or even brinksmanship. This is a deliberate attack on the nation’s structural institutions which allow the people to exercise their right to self-governance through majority rule. Those who oppose this practice of democracy, emblemized by the virulent Tea Party, are motivated by an irrational adherence to an authoritarian orthodoxy which has merged the laissez-faire capitalism of Ayn Rand with Christian fundamentalism and White nationalism. Their zealous pursuit of a win-at-all-costs strategy is not sane.
In almost every respect, the ideology of the modern-day Tea Party parallels that of the Antebellum South prior to the Civil War; and therefore, can be accurately described as
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