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A Big Week for Living Liberally

May 8, 2012 by Living Liberally

Every week is big for Living Liberally. With 250+ chapters, no week goes by without guest speakers, candidates and advocates, without special events and new promotions.

But this is a particularly big week -- not only because of what we're doing but who we're doing it with.

This Thursday is the Living Liberally Annual Celebration: a gathering of the tribe, a critical fundraiser, a big old party. This raises most of the funds that support our shoe-string budget for our national programming -- and it does it with an open bar, sustainable food shindig that's a staple of the progressive calendar.    Read more

Mitt's Way vs May Day. Newt's Day? No Way...

May 3, 2012 by Living Liberally

Workers rallied & picketed & marched
to celebrate & defend their rights
while the man who opposed child labor laws
ended his own job hunt for the White House.

While Occupiers took to the streets together
to call for a more just & fair economy,
the 1% candidate of vulture capitalism defended
tax cuts for the rich & loan hikes for everyone else.

As Americans call for help from their leaders,
the GOP seeks help from Rumsfeld & Ted Nugent,
showing they are just as desperate
as the Americans they are ignoring.

Will Americans shouting "May Day!" in solidarity
push our leaders to march with us,
or will conservatives push back so hard
we all call "May Day! May Day! before long?    Read more

The Romney Rule: Dislike Unto Others As They Dislike Unto You

April 26, 2012 by Living Liberally

All Romney had to do was take stands against
women seeking healthcare, Hispanics seeking respect,
African-Americans seeking justice & gays seeking equality
...and it worked: he finally beat Newt Gingrich.

The Republican Party has already targeted
seniors, homeowners, working families, immigrants,
Muslims, women in the workforce & low-income earners
…so they've decided it's time to beat up on students.

The right-wing has screamed that Obama is
soft on China, North Korea, Russia & Mexico,
passive on Iran, Egypt & the whole Middle East,
& now wants to fear-monger about France.

Romney's polls show that everyone dislikes him.
So he & the GOP decided to dislike everyone.    Read more

The Romney Rule: Dislike Unto Others As They Dislike Unto You

April 26, 2012 by Living Liberally

All Romney had to do was take stands against
women seeking healthcare, Hispanics seeking respect,
African-Americans seeking justice & gays seeking equality
...and it worked: he finally beat Newt Gingrich.

The Republican Party has already targeted
seniors, homeowners, working families, immigrants,
Muslims, women in the workforce & low-income earners
…so they've decided it's time to beat up on students.

The right-wing has screamed that Obama is
soft on China, North Korea, Russia & Mexico,
passive on Iran, Egypt & the whole Middle East,
& now wants to fear-monger about France.

Romney's polls show that everyone dislikes him.
So he & the GOP decided to dislike everyone.    Read more

The Romney Rule: Dislike Unto Others As They Dislike Unto You

April 26, 2012 by Living Liberally

All Romney had to do was take stands against
women seeking healthcare, Hispanics seeking respect,
African-Americans seeking justice & gays seeking equality
...and it worked: he finally beat Newt Gingrich.

The Republican Party has already targeted
seniors, homeowners, working families, immigrants,
Muslims, women in the workforce & low-income earners
…so they've decided it's time to beat up on students.

The right-wing has screamed that Obama is
soft on China, North Korea, Russia & Mexico,
passive on Iran, Egypt & the whole Middle East,
& now wants to fear-monger about France.

Romney's polls show that everyone dislikes him.
So he & the GOP decided to dislike everyone.    Read more

Reflecting before the #LL12 Living Liberally Celebration

April 25, 2012 by Living Liberally

by Harry Waisbren
Originally published at The Job Party

This year's Living Liberally celebration is coming up on May 10th, and it has me reflecting on what my favorite Living Liberally moment was from 2012.

Although there are many of them, I have to say that my experiences at the OWS Drinking Liberally chapter at Zuccotti Park easily take the cake. Moreover, I found OWS Drinking Liberally on the whole to be indicative of both what is best about Living Liberally, and Occupy Wall Street itself.    Read more

The Living Liberally Annual Celebration - May 10th in NYC

April 24, 2012 by Living Liberally

Support the work of Living Liberally, honor our great progressive allies The New Organizing Institute and Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, and join a great party at the Living Liberally Annual Celebration on Thursday, May 10th in New York.

Learn more and get your tickets now.

Maybe Government Should Be A Little LESS Like Big Business

April 19, 2012 by Living Liberally

We chide corporate execs for their excesses,
then confront a GSA that rocked too hard & learned
what happens in Vegas doesn't always stay in Vegas.

We blast Big Business for not playing by the rules,
then our esteemed Secret Service is caught
casually cavorting & corrupting their cause in Colombia.

We demand more respect from vulture capitalists,
but contend with the disrespect our military has shown
in incendiary, outrageous acts in Afghanistan.

People say government should behave like Big Business:
selfish behavior, greedy excesses & poor judgment --
maybe we've got too much corporate culture already.

Let's be a little LESS like Big Business for awhile.    Read more

War On Budget vs Warrenn Buffett

April 12, 2012 by Living Liberally

With Santorum out, the presumptive GOP nominee
pledges to bring Bain's vulture capitalism to DC,
while more Americans would just like to see
offshore corporate accounts brought back to the US.

Paul Ryan's ranks line up behind a radical plan
to slash investment in a stronger American system,
while President Obama backs an equally radical notion
that the wealthiest 1% should pay their fair share.

And as deficit hawks shout, "Cut, cut, cut,"
Americans agree: cut corporate tax loopholes,
cut excessive bonuses & cut the bull.

Conservatives want to wage a war on the budget.
Obama just wants to wager on Warren Buffett.

When the going gets tough, O gets Buff…    Read more

Would You Strip-Search Moses? Stop-and-Frisk Jesus?

April 5, 2012 by Living Liberally

At Passover, we celebrate the Israelites' Exodus, as they marched without a permit across the Red Sea… today Occupy marchers without permits are faced with police netting, pepper spray and mass arrests.

At Easter, we remember a man wrongfully judged & crucified, while today we make indefinite detention a national policy & conservatives defend "stand your ground" laws which are excessive, unjust and extremely dangerous.

This weekend, we'll be honoring dissidents & protesters, yet today our police go undercover to infiltrate peaceful protest groups and student organizations.

Moses would have been strip searched. Jesus would have been stopped and frisked. The NYPD definitely would've had them under surveillance.    Read more

ObamaCare...the Others Don't

March 29, 2012 by Living Liberally

Conservatives go to the High Court with the low goal of making it harder for Americans to get healthcare, yet while they threaten to undo Obama's achievement, the President's own national poll numbers rise.

Republicans realize that Romney's the one & start to close ranks if not exactly rally -- yet amid talk of car elevators & jokes about lay-offs, his own approval ratings continue to sink.

The Tea Party Congress does what it promised: attack benefits, defend the rich, obstruct progress -- yet as they succeed in stalling all legislation, those who elected them are having buyer's remorse.

Whatever your opinion of ObamaCare Americans are relieved at least Obama cares because Mitt & the Tea Party don't care at all.

If you care, come share -- you know where -- a pint, a point, liberal thinking & a little drinking at your local progressive social club.

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ObamaCare...the Others Don't

March 29, 2012 by Living Liberally

Conservatives go to the High Court with the low goal
of making it harder for Americans to get healthcare,
yet while they threaten to undo Obama's achievement,
the President's own national poll numbers rise.

Republicans realize that Romney's the one
& start to close ranks if not exactly rally --
yet amid talk of car elevators & jokes about lay-offs,
his own approval ratings continue to sink.

The Tea Party Congress does what it promised:
attack benefits, defend the rich, obstruct progress
-- yet as they succeed in stalling all legislation,
those who elected them are having buyer's remorse.    Read more

Etch-a-Sketch Mitt vs. Ever-Sketchy Rick

March 22, 2012 by Living Liberally

For once, Romney keeps his own mouth shut about Cadillacs, NASCAR owners & $10,000 bets, yet his aide's mistake messes Mitt's momentum as "etch-a-sketch" becomes the new "flip-flop."

Santorum refuses to shake anything up, digging deeper in his anti-sex devotion, doubling-down with radical right diatribes and drawing the race directly into the doldrums.

Meanwhile Ron Paul & Newt Gingrich continue to hold their own…and not much more.

Faced with these choices, even Republicans turn down Paul the kvetcher & Newt the lecher, choosing Etch-a-Sketch Mitt over ever-sketchy Rick.

But who knows? It could all shake up again.

Shake out your thoughts & stake out a seat as we share a drink over what we think at your local progressive social club.

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Etch-a-Sketch Mitt vs. Ever-Sketchy Rick

March 22, 2012 by Living Liberally

For once, Romney keeps his own mouth shut
about Cadillacs, NASCAR owners & $10,000 bets,
yet his aide's mistake messes Mitt's momentum
as "etch-a-sketch" becomes the new "flip-flop."

Santorum refuses to shake anything up,
digging deeper in his anti-sex devotion,
doubling-down with radical right diatribes
and drawing the race directly into the doldrums.

Meanwhile Ron Paul & Newt Gingrich
continue to hold their own…and not much more.

Faced with these choices, even Republicans
turn down Paul the kvetcher & Newt the lecher,
choosing Etch-a-Sketch Mitt over ever-sketchy Rick.

But who knows? It could all shake up again.    Read more

With Friends Like These, Who Needs Unstable Global Actors?

March 15, 2012 by Living Liberally

As we resist domestic saber-rattling on Iran, Israel issues threats making it as hard to navigate our closest ally in the region as it is to determine our next steps with our rival, As we seek to provide humanitarian aid in Syria, dealing with fellow Security Council nations is proving just as difficult as the Assad regime. And as we try to calm & exit Afghanistan, our own senseless actions lead to chaos as dangerous as acts of insurgents. Global action doesn't become easier when the folks on your side make it tougher. Or as the old saying goes, with friends like these, who needs unstable global actors and regimes? Or maybe that's a new saying for new times…    Read more
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