Lakoff’s Lightning Bolt: WE are the Moral Majority

Cognitive linguist George Lakoff was right in highlighting the importance of language in political discourse. His 1996 groundbreaking book, Moral Politics, rings as true today as it did in the swirl surrounding Bill Clinton’s scandals twenty years ago. Language matters. Lakoff, in a nutshell, drew distinctions between how Conservatives and … Continue reading

The Times Tries Our Souls

For those who suffer from the delusion that Donald Trump is unusual among Republicans in his disregard for the truth, The New York Times did a public service to all Americans Sunday morning. As part of its Sunday Review, it published a commentary on the Obama administration by a Republican. … Continue reading

No Clowning Around for Schumer

As Los Angelenos rioted after the acquittal of policemen caught on camera beating him, Rodney King asked, “Can we all get along?” When it comes to working with the incoming Trump administration, the answer for Democrats is a stark and obvious no—unless you’re a clown. As Charles Schumer, the new … Continue reading

Lobbying the Louts in Congress

We’ve recovered, somewhat, from the shock of last November’s election, and now we’ve turned to talk of resisting President (shudder) Trump. Resisting Trump won’t be easy, or fast, or done in one day. Here’s some tips from Rachel Maddow today, and I offer more below. Progressives are great at protests; … Continue reading

Celebrities Urge Congress to Obstruct Trump

A group of Hollywood celebrities who banded together before the election in support of Hillary Clinton, have re-grouped for the purpose of being Against Trump… From Variety: Humanity for Progress, the successor to the group Humanity for Hillary, unveiled a video directed by Liz Garbus and featuring Sally Field, Jeffrey … Continue reading

California Dems Hire Eric Holder to Fight Trump Administration

The California Legislature’s Democratic Leaders announced today that they have hired former Attorney General Eric Holder to represent them against the Trump administration. California Governor Jerry Brown and other prominent California Democrats have made in very clear in recent weeks that they stand against Trump’s draconian proposals and laws. The … Continue reading

Margin Narrows Between Conservatives and Liberals

A new Gallup Poll released today shows that more Americans identify as conservatives than liberals for with the margin narrowing since the 1990’s. Lydia Saad notes in Gallup’s piece about the recent poll, that Gallup began “routinely measuring Americans’ political ideology in 1992,” and since that time, “conservative identification has varied … Continue reading

The First Longest Day

The new Congress is in session, and House Republicans already have backed down on their plan to gut the power of the Office of Congressional Ethics. What have we learned so far? While it remains indispensable for understanding whatever is going on in the world, The New York Times already … Continue reading

Obama’s Top 50 Accomplishments vs The Snap Chat Presidency

Paul Glastris and Nancy LeTourneau have compiled an extensive list of President Barack Obama’s top 50 accomplishments in The Washington Monthly. It is one of those pieces that you want to bookmark, so when you are debating with right wingers who make false claims about Obama, you can pull facts quickly. … Continue reading

Republicans Worry That Obama Will Appoint Garland to Supreme Court Bench

President Obama is known for playing his hand very close to the vest. We’ve seen a lot of the that in recent weeks as he finishes out his final days as president with a few stunning moves to protect the environment and in retaliation against the Russians for their hacking … Continue reading