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Four More Years - Many More Beers

November 8, 2012 by Living Liberally

A historical, exhausting and costly campaign led to victory for a President who spent 4 years not tackling global warming, taxing billionaires, jailing bankers or reforming immigration. As a dozen toss-up races were decided, the new Senate bolsters the same majority that's been hostage to a filibustering minority, stymied by lethargy, protocol and conservatism.

And after volunteers pounded the pavement to determine scores of tight House races, we still have Speaker John Boehner. The most expensive election in history just maintained the status quo. But with the extreme right-wing alternative, the status quo doesn't look so bad.

Plus with a record number of women in the Senate, our first gay Senator, first Buddhist Senator, our first Hindu member of Congress, votes for marriage equality across the country, as well as for marijuana reform and union rights & names like Sherrod Brown, Elizabeth Warren, Tammy Baldwin & Alan Grayson, the status quo just got a little better.    Read more

The World We Fear, The Society We Want

November 1, 2012 by Living Liberally

Politicians who campaigned against each other have become elected officials who work together. After years of seeking Obama's Waterloo, the GOP now praises his leadership. We're not hearing rants against union thugs, but applause for first responders & relief workers. Instead of diatribes against Big Government, we're grateful for public emergency services.

Bad corporate citizens are showing generosity. For-profit companies are aiding the public good. Citizens aren't asking if you're red or blue, but if you need a hand or can offer one. We don't want a world of escalating disasters and need action on climate change to prevent it.

We do want a society that acts for the common good and need to take action to preserve it: the civil society we've seen in Sandy's aftermath that we rarely see in a Presidential campaign. This hurricane shows us how much we have to fear. It also shows how much reason we also have to hope.    Read more

When Getting Lumped Beats Being Trumped

October 25, 2012 by Living Liberally

With "horses and bayonets" Mitt started a weak week, spending half the final debate getting trounced and half agreeing with the man doing the trouncing.

Then Murdouck made Mitt's week much worse, saying pregnancy from rape is what God's intended forcing Romney to decide if he defended the man he told Indiana to send to the Senate.

But $5 million brought the week to its worst -- offered by Mitt's own supporter, Donald Trump, who trumped Romney by mugging the media in a bigoted, foolish crusade to steal the spotlight.

Compared to what fellow GOPers have said, being mocked by the Prez was this week's high point

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Bidding Biden to be Rid of Ryan

October 11, 2012 by Living Liberally

After Romney came out swingin' and fightin', and Obama seemed to be duckin' and hidin' the Dems turn the next round to Joe Biden. The GOP's high-flyin' on Romney's lyin' and Obama's shy 'n tirin' sighin' but can they keep Dems fryin' with Paul Ryan?

While the polls may tighten, it's no landslidin' so will the right-wing mite continue to frighten or will Obama's VP to the rescue ride in, and the mood he'll lighten spirits heighten?

The Right's rooting to keep Dems cryin' but the left's bidding Biden to be rid of Ryan. Watch the debate and join the discussion with left-leaning friends and liberal libations at your local progressive social club.

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Liar, Denier and Big Bird Fire-er

October 4, 2012 by Living Liberally

Mitt continued his big lie about Medicare -- and while Obama didn't take it lying down, he didn't stand up strongly enough, letting the lie live another day. Romney denied his own tax plan to reduce taxes for the richest 1%, but the President demurred his own chance to bring up 47% and rally for the 99%.

Mitt said he'd fire Big Bird --he likes firing people…and Muppets too. But even this didn't inflame Barack, who seemed lacking his own fire-power. Don't lie down in front of lies, don't power down, get fired up, because now we see the Real Romney: a liar, denier and Big Bird Fire-er.

Come debate the debate, cheer & jeer, as you share your thoughts & toast a beer at your local progressive social club.

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An Evening of Firsts: An Intern's Look at Laughing Liberally's "Stand Up For Freedom!"

September 27, 2012 by Living Liberally

by Ben Lust

This past Wednesday, I went to my first event as an intern for Living Liberally. "Stand Up for Freedom!" presented by the PEN American Center and featuring Laughing Liberally, was a huge hit. In a quick summation before I begin, the night was highlighted by many wonderful first-time experiences.     Read more

The GOP Is Banking on Replacement Refs

September 27, 2012 by Living Liberally

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

Mathematics vs. Mitt-Thematics

September 20, 2012 by Living Liberally

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

Campaigns Bounce, Then Reality Bites

September 13, 2012 by Living Liberally

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

Speech Us, Preach Us, But Will He Reach Us?

September 6, 2012 by Living Liberally

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.

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Drinking Liberally During the DNC

September 4, 2012 by Living Liberally

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

The Unconventionally Conventional GOP Convention

August 30, 2012 by Living Liberally

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 Is Akin All Over

August 23, 2012 by Living Liberally

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

Paul Ryan: Making Romney Look Like The Moderate

August 16, 2012 by Living Liberally

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.

Romney looked more moderate before he ran for President. Now, compared to Paul Ryan, he looks more moderate again.

...yet tapping Ryan to be a heartbeat from the Oval Office shows just how "severely conservative" Romney has become.

Talk Liberally about the new GOP ticket, Anticipate Liberally what the Conventions will hold and Share Liberally -- a drink, a thought, an evening at your local progressive social club.

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Political Summer Reruns, With No New Programs In Sight

August 9, 2012 by Living Liberally

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

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