Moments of Clarity

Thoughts on the Anniversary of my Father’s Death

Lee Snyder 3Labor Day weekend will probably always be a bittersweet time for me. I was packed into the Ale House listening to Viki Dee with friends and hundreds of tourists on the Sunday of Labor Day weekend in 2012, when I got the call. My brother and mother were on the way to the emergency room with my father, who had been quickly deteriorating from Alzheimer’s, ever since he broke his hip in April, after falling out of bed. I was very involved in local politics at the time. I had resigned from Mitch Crane’s campaign because my dad was so sick, but Mikki was still heavily involved in Marie Mayor’s campaign, leading the get out the vote effort for her primary.Read More »Thoughts on the Anniversary of my Father’s Death

Why DE Needs a More Progressive Income Tax

This talk was given on behalf of Delaware Americans for Democratic Action at its Rally and Vigil for Long-Term Budget Solutions (June 30, 2015).

I think we can all agree that the budget situation in DE is a mess! And it’s only going to get worse.

We are to the point where we don’t have enough money to fund essential services, and we can’t cut our way to a balanced budget. The current proposal is to make cuts. People think they are cutting the fat, but instead they are cutting into the flesh, into our lifeblood.Read More »Why DE Needs a More Progressive Income Tax

Recent op/ed columns (May and June 2015)

When we moved to Rehoboth in 2011, I planned to write full-time. Then my dad broke his hip and died. Then I ran for the Delaware State Senate. Then I started a new job with Common Cause. It’s been a whirlwind!

Luckily the Common Cause job provides plenty of opportunities to write. I’ve recently had two  op/ed columns published. Click if you want to read them:Read More »Recent op/ed columns (May and June 2015)

Seven Mistakes Progressives Should Avoid

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.Read More »Seven Mistakes Progressives Should Avoid

Were “Incoherent Democrats” Sending a Message?

002In 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.Read More »Were “Incoherent Democrats” Sending a Message?