Tag Archives: Liberalism

For the ‘plus ça change” file

As easily as it is to list the differences between a liberal and a conservative in 2014 — it’s easier than ever — channeling the energy into the matrix of party politics is no problem for the GOP and, as … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged | Leave a comment

Democratic polling: income inequality does not register with the American public and risks accusations of class warfare.

Great. With this approach the Democrats will keep the White House in 2016: After making fighting income inequality an early focus of his second term, President Obama has largely abandoned talk of the subject this election year in a move … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , | Leave a comment

“These elite pundits practice their own sort of intransigent ideology”

David Brooks and Ron Fournier, two Deeply Serious pundits, have problems with democracy because Barack Husein Obama can’t get legislation passed. It’s the same moderate gruel, and it fools no voters. The more you’re like your oppostion, the more likely … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Liberals: if you aren’t trying to gay-marry, keep your case away from the justices

Give up, says Ian Millhiser: Here are the issues where Justice Anthony Kennedy—the ostensible “swing vote” on the Supreme Court—fairly consistently votes with his more liberal colleagues: gay rights, the death penalty, Guantanamo Bay. Now here are just a few … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , | Leave a comment

“Voting blocs critical to Democrats in recent elections are not yet feeling the benefits” of recovery

Cynicism requires Democrats to stress inequality to keep dissatisfied voting blocs together. But this is ridiculous: Though broad measures of the economy are showing signs of improvement, a closer look at important indicators among individual groups reveals that voting blocs … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

The purpose of national standards: “to build a national marketplace for entrepreneurs”

In the decade-plus since Florida started taking standardized tests like the FCAT seriously, I’ve seen its effects on college students. They aren’t dumber; they’re brighter and as open to new experiences as ever. But they are docile. Years of indoctrination … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Midterms: “Raise the dollars and secure the volunteer commitments”

Goodness me – the millennials are sick of politics (thanks, Ron Fournier; you just earned yourself a slot on “This Week with George Stephanopoulos”). A long articleby Sasha Issenberg is getting attention, detailing the ways in which midterm elections have … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , | Leave a comment

On the Human Rights Campaign

The Human Rights Campaign sends young volunteers to collect signatures at my university at least once a semester. When I reject the request, the volunteer looks sad, as if I’d reminded her of her bigoted dad; when I explain I’m … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , | Leave a comment

“My students invented ‘too big to fail’ sitting in a classroom. Because it’s not that hard.”

According to Elizabeth Warren, senior senator from Massachusetts, the Harvard students whom she taught in 2008 figured out how the government was going to protect financial institutions after the collapse of the world as they knew it: “Now, here was … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , | Leave a comment

The evolution of Barack Obama

One of the more amusing bits about political journalism in the last five years since the world went mad over the election of a black centrist as president is watching reporters do all they can to avoid winking and elbowing … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

“Liberals think Democrats shot themselves in the foot on Social Security”

Speculation, as they say, but worth considering: Democrats used a familiar playbook, accusing Republican David Jolly of wanting to privatize the program. House Majority PAC, an outside group that supports Democratic candidates, dropped almost $750,000 on an ad warning that … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Reubin Askew – RIP

We’re not taught enough about our home state’s histories. With the death of Reubin Askew, we learn about a devotion to open government, a fair society, and civil rights that would not find a home in any party. He appointed … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment