The GOP: Contortionists and Extortionists

Ted Cruz's exhortation against Obamacare and the House GOP's explosion of democratic process turn out to be part of a long-term right-wing plan for the exploitation of a government shut-down.

 

Shut Down A Little Less, Shut Up A Little More

The right-wing shuts down the government slamming our social services as superfluous at the same time that millions of Americans are seeking new government healthcare service.

 

Green Eggs and Sham

Ted Cruz did cram all the words he could ram as he tried to slam and sought to damn a health program to hep your fam, invoking Sam from Green Eggs and Ham.

 

When History Is Repeated, We Are Defeated

Another gunman, another senseless massacre. A reprise of calls not to politicize the tragedy. Will we find the fortitude for sensible solutions or fall to the familiar fate of silent stagnation?

 

We Now Interrupt Your Previously Scheduled War

The Obama Team wanted to start bombing Syria with an international force and global mandate, until our allies around the world said, No Thanks.

So the President pushed for America to act alone, creating a rare moment of bipartisan unity as Congress said, Slow Down…Not Yet.

 

Where's A Washington Stalemate When You Need One?

Obama seeks Congressional approval to strike Syria, a mission lacking clear reason, aims and scope. He wants swift action but maybe Congress will move as quickly as it did to consider the American Jobs Act.

 

Syriasly?

Now that we're finally untangling ourselves from quagmires in Iraq and Afghanistan, "serious people" on both sides of the aisle call for a new open-ended Middle East military incursion.

 

A Secret Democracy Doesn't Secrete Democracy

A secret court rebuked the NSA's secret program which collected secrets of countless Americans -- yet this report was, until now, secret.

 

Summer Hopes, Some Are Hopeless

From Egypt's Arab Spring to Morsi's sudden fall, peaceful possibility turned to clash & confrontation as democratic dreams are dashed by death & devastation.

 

Putin on the Fritz

Putin granted Snowden asylum so Obama's canceling his Russia trip. The Cold War's over, but the Big Chill is on. Russia's fierce & frightening anti-gay laws spark global outcry against the Olympics. Instead of "From Russia With Love," the world's feeling "From Russia, No Love."

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A Quick, Liberal Survey

I'm Justin Krebs, one of the founders of Drinking Liberally, and I'm writing a book about what we liberals want for our communities, our country and our future. Your answers to the questions below may help shape certain parts of book.

 

Of Mice and Manning

As we learn that the NSA domestic surveillance is far more widespread and invasive than we knew, the Senate talks tough but flees from action, timidly agreeing to sacrifice our privacy.

 

We've Seen "Stand Your Ground" - Now, Let's Stand Ours

When the justice system awards no justice after an innocent 17-year-old boy is killed, it's time to stand our ground to change the laws, and challenge the racial codes in our culture.

 

Democratic Defiance Between Violence and Silence

We're scared of the rise of religious radicals in Egypt but our own states are passing sweeping new laws to control women's bodies, health and choices.

 

In So Many Matters, Democracy Matters

One day the Supreme Court can undercut one of our nation's strongest voter protection. The next day, the Court makes history again promoting equality for all our citizens.

Courts matter.

 

Mr. Obama, Tear Down This Wall

JFK spoke at the Brandenburg Gate 50 years ago when East Germans lived in fear of the Soviet State. Now, the German Chancellor lectures the US President about the ethics and limits of state-based surveillance.

 

Outrage Outage

Are Republicans too weary from witch hunts from turning Benghazi from sorrow to scandal and the IRS affair from insensible to impeachable, to be outraged at the news from the NSA?

 

If You Can Hear Us Now, Then Why Won't You Listen?

The Obama NSA has been secretly collecting millions of phone records of American citizens. For all this intelligence-gathering, they haven't found the intelligence to realize how wrong this is.

 

Our Ten-Year vs Their Tenure

In the past ten years, Republicans have revolted against their own cap-and-trade & healthcare plans, against science, common sense & decency, purging the few moderates from their ranks.

 

When A Tornado Isn't The Only Destructive Force

We grieve for those lost in Oklahoma's tragedy, as we did for victims of recent hurricanes and tornadoes, but denial of science keeps us from addressing climate change's role in these unnatural disasters.