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Romney's 47% insult to America was quickly followed by his 14% tax returns and an ever-diminishing percentage in the polls but he says it's still "early" in the race. Ryan's runs for VP like it's a marathon: a long, painful course requiring hard work at which he's mediocre, but claims he's world-class. GOP candidates everywhere are alienating women, youth, gays and non-white Americans, yet argue they represent the real America…or at least the aging white male part of it. Read more
Mitt calls half of America dependents, implying they are freeloading moochers -- including the working poor, seniors & middle class families who pay payroll taxes. Mitt says these voters all support Obama though Texas, Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, Idaho, South Carolina are among the top states for residents paying no federal income tax. Mitt says he doesn't worry about these people. He should worry because these people are regular Americans, voters, and the deciders who are about to keep him unemployed. Mitt's math led to Mitt's myth about America. Truth-challenged Romney finally got a fact right but he drew all the wrong conclusions. No wonder he usually sticks with fiction. Read more
After the DNC got us re-fired and ready to go the next day's jobs report was ready to stall, so while the Prez enjoys a strong bounce, too many still suffer a weak slide. On Labor Day we honored working Americans and committed to move forward with them, and then Chicago teachers were forced to strike against Obama's anti-worker ex-chief-of-staff. We solemnly marked 9/11, but also were grateful that bin Laden is gone, troops are returning, & for the hope that bloomed in the Arab Spring. Then violence in Libya took our Ambassador's life. Read more
Michelle moved us, Castro connected, Warren whipped us up & Bill blew us away, but after a series of inspiring addresses, it's ultimately Barack Obama on the ballot. The President & VP will take the stage to stand by their first term and seek a second, yet it's not just if the past four were good, but convincing us the next four can be better. We know the President's orations can inspire but also that his actions at times inspire less. Can tonight's words renew our hope for change, as well as prove these are more than just words?
Mr. President, you'll preach us and teach us, but in the end, will your speech truly reach us? And set your bar higher than Mitt's speech. In the competition for best address, it's the First Lady who is your main rival. Your convention of neighborhood liberals awaits you so come out for a night of good company at your local progressive social club.
Find a local convention watch party
or start a chapter near your.
Many of our chapters will be hosting watch parties this week for the Democratic Convention. Check out your local chapter's page to see what they are up to. Don't have a local chapter? Now could be a great time to start one.
If you are in Charlotte for the Convention, there are special Drinking Liberally events each night.
Tuesday night from 9:30 on, DL will be at Dandelion Market at 118 West 5th Street.
Wednesday night, the local DL chapter will move its regular meeting to a special place uptown. Tune in for details. Read more
Chris Christie announced he'd speak blunt truths! ...then repeated common conservative canards, tired baseless attacks & predictable outright lies.
Paul Ryan promised fresh ideas for America! ...then recycled reworded trickle-down rhetoric and found fresh ways to choose fiction over fact.
Next, Mitt Romney will think outside the box! ...but really will speak out both sides of his mouth while remaining trapped in a right-wing corner.
This management consultant candidate promised his party would bring an unconventional approach, but with misleading myths & feisty falsehoods, this GOP Convention's been, well, conventional.
Share an unconventional perspective an inclusive night & enjoyable company as you raise a glass and raise your voice at your local progressive social club. Read more
The GOP thought they'd be flyin' high on the boost of Paul Ryan, but instead they find themselves brakin' to avoid the disaster that's Akin. Just when they thought we'd get misty at the excitement of keynote Chris Christie, their convention plans all started quakin' as they try to shake free of Todd Akin. Republicans are assailin' and wailin' from Scott Brown to old Sarah Palin, but they're failin' to drive the last stake in to the heart of their candidate Akin. Read more
Mitt Romney used to be moderate on abortion
until he spent the primary attacking choice.
Now he picks a running mate who co-sponsored
a bill to declare personhood for fertilized eggs.
Romney once ran on a bipartisan path on healthcare
until he ran from Romneycare to please the Tea Party.
He now runs with a man who has led the House GOP
on symbolic votes to overturn the Affordable Care Act.
Romney used to be a centrist on social programs
until he had to please a "let them die" right-wing base.
He now shares a ticket with a rep who'll cut-and-gut
Medicare, Social Security, food stamps & Headstart. Read more
Another devastating, fatal, senseless shooting.
Another self-deceiving reply: "Who could have predicted?!"
Another set of excuses not to talk about sensible gun laws.
Another scandal as banks behave badly in brand new ways.
Another series of surprised reactions: "How could they?!"
Another round of ignoring repeated, systemic problems.
Another month of record heat and widespread drought.
Another set of climate change denials.
Another decision to wait and see what happens next
before fighting for real climate and energy policy.
Another quarter of a sluggish economy.
Another half-hearted effort for the American Jobs Act
…and another GOP House vote to repeal healthcare. Read more
Some competitors are caught doping, some are expelled for throwing matches, but at least none are going after each other with drone attacks or car bombs. Some of the players forget to have fun, some seem more like machines than athletes, yet they showcase the desire of all nations to be seen with and respected by one another.
The expense of it all may be excessive, the commercialism at times repulsive, however this global pageant envisions a world where everyone has food, health & a team. As we groan at what's worst about the Olympics, we can still dream a world that embodies what's best about the Olympics.
After all, we're used to cheating & commercialism. It's the hope, peace & prosperity we'd like more of. Though we all know real world divisions -- can we be inspired by Olympic-sized visions? Share your stories, Olympic-sized or otherwise, as you share a few drinks & a summer night at your local political social club.
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Politicians avoid talking gun control
and get away with it when it's not an issue.
Then a terrible act occurs, guns are an issue,
and pols say it's the wrong time to talk about it.
The Aurora killer used an assault weapon
that used to be banned and is now legal.
Yet the people running to represent us
talk about anything except changing laws.
"Guns don't kill people; people kill people"
is the common defense we hear from the right.
Guns did kill people; yet people let guns live.
Candidates speechify with nothing to say.
They feel, they "heal" but won't act for real.
When guns attack, we don't fight back --
time to face violence with more than silence. Read more
In the movies, a military contractor turns to peace and Iron Man ends up leading the Avengers. In the real world, military contractors stick to war and end up funding the conservative agenda. When his uncle was killed by gun violence, Peter Parker fought for justice as Spiderman. When a young boy was killed by gun violence, right-wingers fought for "Stand Your Ground."
And when Gotham needs a Dark Knight, a wealthy hero crusades for the least among us. When the Republicans sought their savior, a wealthy candidate crusades for the super-rich. In the Dark Knight Rises, Batman battles Bane. As the GOP collapses, it's led by the man from Bain. Comic book movies vs. the conservative movement: more fun, more popular and much better policies. Read more
As our nation faces a scorching heatwave
in the midst of the hottest year on record,
climate change deniers simply blame "summer."
The weeks of wildfires blazing across Colorado
follow storms and droughts and tornadoes
yet right-wingers want to cut emergency relief,
hoping trickle-down economics squelch the flames.
Religious radicals believe a God will save us
from an eventual Armageddon --
yet refuse the role of steward of God's Earth
in the face of Apocalyptic weather patterns.
Sometimes we apologize for the weather,
saying "It's not the heat, it's the humidity."
This time, there's no apology:
It's not just the heat, it's the stupidity. Read more
From DL Minneapolis' Steve Timmer:
Congressman Ellison has some strong views about what is really afoot in the efforts around the country to adopt photo voter ID requirements, and he doesn’t like it. He explained why when he came to Drinking Liberally on Thursday July 5, 2012.
Romney declared the health mandate wasn't a tax,
fearful he'd seem a tax-increasing Governor;
then sided with the Court declaring it is a tax,
hopeful to make Obama a tax-increasing President.
After Obama's announcement on immigrant youth,
Romney took a few days before saying anything at all,
then delivered a speech that said nothing at all,
except that he disagreed, somehow, with the President.
He tries to point to his moderate Massachusetts record
while actively courting the right-wing billionaires
whose Super PACs flood our democracy with money. Read more