Michele Alexander’s The new Jim Crow: mass incarceration in the age of colorblindness is one of the most important books I have read in a long time. Alexander demonstrates in revolting clarity how America has used the facially-neutral war on drugs as the current way of controlling and punishing black people, especially black men.
Our long national nightmare is over. Thankfully, we now know, as if there was any doubt, Beto is running! What we don’t know, other than his ego, is why Beto is running. America doesn’t need an empty suit with little experience, a moderate record, and an unwillingness to take many stands. In honoring Beto’s announcement, I’m going to make a second donation to Bernie Sander’s campaign. A commitment to progressive ideals and a willingness to fight for universal health care, at least a 15-dollar minimum wage, and more is what matters.
I’m tired of Republicans justifying Trump’s bad ideas and cruel policies by constantly trying to create false equivalencies with things done by Barack Obama or the Clinton’s. If something was wrong when a Democrat was president that something should be wrong today. If something is worse than anything done during a Democratic administration, it should be wrong today.
Sorry to all of you wanting to believe Betto O’Rourke is a progressive–he’s not. I will use Betto’s record, website, and words to demonstrate he doesn’t support Medicare for all.
I need to make one thing clear: no one’s health insurance is in immediate jeopardy. Still, the Affordable Care Act is now facing its biggest threat. The possibility that 20 million insured Americans will lose their coverage is now real. There is a chance those with preexisting conditions will no longer have the opportunity to purchase coverage. Children under the age of 26 currently getting insurance from their parents’s policy could soon be uninsured.
Today, Barack Obama gave an impassioned speech focussed on the commonalities shared by Americans and need for us to move forward together.
Today, Donald Trump was talking about an Op-Ed written by a member of his administration accusing him of incompetence.
All of the dirty tricks and breaks from tradition being perpetrated by the GOP to make sure Brett Kavanaugh is confirmed are happening for one reason: Republicans are aware they are likely to lose the House in November. In 2020, they are likely to lose the Senate and the presidency. The only way they can continue running America is to make sure the judicial branch is staunchly conservative. That way, judges can rule efforts to make the country more progressive and tolerant unconstitutional.
Since John McCain’s passing on Saturday the tributes have been nearly constant from the right and the center. On the true left, the message has been mixed. McCain’s terrible foreign policy decisions (the war in Iraq) to name one have been criticized. Both groups are missing the point.
The verdict for this episode is: Flynn’s guilty plea proves the so-called fake news is right a lot of the time.