Tag Archives: Liberalism

Responses to violence

Julia Azari reviews the history of presidential responses to acts of violence on black citizens: In 1906, for example, a group of African-American soldiers in Brownsville, Texas, was accused of shooting multiple people. They were acquitted by a court and … Continue reading

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On circular firing squads

While House and Senate Republicans voted on a millionaires tax cut called health care reform, many noticed that not a single Democrat in Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer’s respective caucuses broke rank — not Heidi Heitkamp, not Joe Manchin. With … Continue reading

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The power of an alarmed citizenry

“Yes, Mr. Soto?” the woman on the phone says, in the manner of a restaurant hostess acknowledging a demanding regular. She also sounds like one of my great aunts. Three mornings a week since late January I will call the … Continue reading

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Animals in their death throes

The GOP in two hundred-fifty characters or less. Posting has been light this July as I go on vacation and finish a more hectic than usual summer semester (I teach all summer). But I couldn’t resist commenting on that missive … Continue reading

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Overreacting to loss aka the Democratic way

Take care, Jon Ossoff! Patrick Murphy, Jason Carter, and Michelle Nunn are waiting in the bar. When I posted about the Georgia Sixth race yesterday morning, I didn’t make a call — whatever for? For Ossoff to win a district … Continue reading

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Ossoff v. Handel

Although a local poll shows a tied race between Jon Ossoff and Karen Handle in the Georgia Sixth election, a win for the Republican Handel wouldn’t surprise me. If Ossoff loses, I hope its effect is exfoliating: it should demoralize … Continue reading

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‘Social issues’ ARE economic

An election battle over the mayoral race in Omaha has given the New York Times the excuse to run yet another story pitting “economic justice” versus “social issues”: Not every liberal sees the issue as so clear-cut. Ms. Weingarten, who … Continue reading

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Liberal activism – continued signs of life

As a new week dawns and pundits crow about the rain of rockets on Syrian airbases that will return to full operating capacity, let’s focus on good news: Democratic activism isn’t waning. n California’s 49th District, where Representative Darrell E. … Continue reading

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The meat of an argument

A Mississippian of Cuban descent, I cast a cold eye on sauces of any sort. Marinate or rub chickens and meats, therefore sauce are unnecessary. I allow mustard because at least one can make it. Ketchup, though — what is … Continue reading

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‘Viewpoint tolerance is not and cannot possibly be some sort of absolute value’

Because the First Amendment affects public universities differently, I won’t compare my place of employment with Middlebury College, a private Vermont college whose website is benefiting from self-righteous examples of click bait written by conservative writers and self-identified liberal Frank … Continue reading

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‘They were making me want to support him more with how irrational they were being’

The voters whom the Democratic Party has to court, according to the New York Times, fresh from the meth lab junglelands or something: Mrs. O’Connell is a registered Democrat. She voted for Bill Clinton twice. But she has drifted away … Continue reading

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A return to the fog of despair

To a Democratic leader, defeatism is poetry. Failure leads to lethargy. It allows legislators to shrug sadly and mumble to voters, “We tried,” for policy or bills these legislators didn’t want anyway. The latest Charie Brown is the usually reliable … Continue reading

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