On April 4th, Americans for Democratic Action held a rally at Rep. John Carney’s Office in Georgetown, DE, to ask him to vote no on Fast Track and TPP. The rally was mentioned in the News Journal. A video tape of my talk is posted on the Claire for Delaware Facebook site. This is what I said:
This column was published in the News Journal (1/24/15):
As a political theorist, writer-activist, [past] party chair and former candidate, I have been thinking a lot about what needs to happen to get our country back on the right track. Here are seven things progressives should remember as we move forward. Continue reading
Last night on the Rachel Maddow Show, I was gratified to learn of majority support for President Obama’s policy proposals, as laid out in the State of the Union. When I checked the polling data this morning, however, I discovered that pollsters only queried people who actually watched the SOTU, which included 39% Democrats, 20% Republicans, and 41% Independents. Consequently, the poll does not give us a valid snapshot of public opinion overall.
Nevertheless, for what it’s worth, the CNN poll found that 72% of those who watched the speech believe that the Presidents policy proposals will move the country in the right direction. 71% approve of Obama’s policies on the economy, 64% on taxes, 78% on free community college, 74% on race relations, and 60% on immigration.
It should be no surprise that so many Americans approve of President Obama’s policies. Indeed, he did win two elections — as he noted!
And I must say, although I disagree with Obama on some significant issues, I am happy with his latest focus on rebuilding the middle class.
After the stunning defeat the Democratic Party experienced in the 2014 election, I have been thinking a lot about what needs to happen to get our country back on the right track. Here are seven mistakes I think we should avoid.
1. We should not mistake Congress and the media for the voice of the People.
Believe it or not, there is a progressive majority in America. We are not a center-right country. Public opinion polls reveal that truth, even though our gerrymandered politicians and corporate-owned media don’t want us to see it. Continue reading
In this week’s Nation John Nichols asks, in “Incoherent Democrats,” how it is possible that voters could support progressive policies on refereda and then vote for Republicans who, in most cases, will stand opposed to those agenda items — as happened in Arkansas, Alaska, Nebraska, South Dakota, Massachusetts, Texas, and Wisconsin. Continue reading
This morning’s column by Chris Cillizza included the following comment:
62. That’s the percentage of the vote for Democrats among those who said they “never” attend any sort of religious services; Republicans won just 36 percent among that group. Compare that with the 18-point edge Republicans enjoyed over Democrats among those who go to some sort of religious service weekly and you see that one’s religiosity continues to be among the most reliable predictors of how they will vote. Consider yourself a religious person, or, at least, someone who attends religious services regularly? There’s a strong likelihood you are voting Republican. Not a churchgoer? You are voting Democratic.
This really makes no sense. What is the connection between Christian teachings and the Republican Party’s agenda? Not much.
I’m just going to say this. The anti-immigrant vitriol that has been unleashed in opposition to the President’s executive order makes me sick. The things I have seen posted on Facebook are mind boggling. We are talking about human beings for God’s sake! I am grateful that I cannot even begin to get into the mindset of people who could be so hateful and so heartless towards other human beings.
Laws that criminalize human nature are wrong, and it is human nature to take care of your family, which is what unauthorized immigrants are trying to do. Any decent person does whatever he has to do to provide for his family. If you lived in an impoverished country, ravaged by drug warlords, with no hope of a better life, and there was another country right over the border that provides jobs and endless opportunities, wouldn’t you do anything you could to get there, so you could get a job and provide for your family? I hope your answer is yes, so let’s not treat undocumented people like they are criminals for doing what any of us would do in their shoes. Continue reading
In What’s the Matter with Kansas? (2004), Thomas Frank asked why so many Americans continue to vote against their own interests. I find myself asking that same question today, in light of the Republican tsunami that swept across the country on November 4th.
Election Day 2014 was a bad night for Democrats. It was disappointing for me personally, since I lost my bid for the Delaware State Senate, despite having a large base of energized supporters, having spent almost two years tirelessly pursuing the latest in campaign “best practices,” and having raised more money than anyone else in the county. But I take solace in the fact that it wasn’t just me. Every single Democrat who had an opponent lost in my county. Continue reading