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As our nation faces a scorching heatwave
in the midst of the hottest year on record,
climate change deniers simply blame "summer."
The weeks of wildfires blazing across Colorado
follow storms and droughts and tornadoes
yet right-wingers want to cut emergency relief,
hoping trickle-down economics squelch the flames.
Religious radicals believe a God will save us
from an eventual Armageddon --
yet refuse the role of steward of God's Earth
in the face of Apocalyptic weather patterns.
Sometimes we apologize for the weather,
saying "It's not the heat, it's the humidity."
This time, there's no apology:
It's not just the heat, it's the stupidity. Read more
From DL Minneapolis' Steve Timmer:
Congressman Ellison has some strong views about what is really afoot in the efforts around the country to adopt photo voter ID requirements, and he doesn’t like it. He explained why when he came to Drinking Liberally on Thursday July 5, 2012.
Romney declared the health mandate wasn't a tax,
fearful he'd seem a tax-increasing Governor;
then sided with the Court declaring it is a tax,
hopeful to make Obama a tax-increasing President.
After Obama's announcement on immigrant youth,
Romney took a few days before saying anything at all,
then delivered a speech that said nothing at all,
except that he disagreed, somehow, with the President.
He tries to point to his moderate Massachusetts record
while actively courting the right-wing billionaires
whose Super PACs flood our democracy with money. Read more
The Supreme Court used to respect precedent,
but in refusing Montana's Citizens United challenge,
a body of nine non-elected Justices ruled in favor
of major change to our election law of the last century.
The Court used to pride itself on apolitical impartiality,
but Scalia chose to rail against Obama immigration policy
with the fervor he usually reserves for retreats
with right-wing funders and ultraconservative activists.
Americans once respected the High Court
more than any branch of the US Government --
but a series of shocking, divisive judgements
have seen faith falter and approval decline. Read more
Romney forcefully disagrees with the President
over support of undocumented immigrant youth,
but then back pedals from clarifying
whether as President he'd repeal the policy.
Mitt says he's for Simpson Bowles recommendations,
which include a call for increased revenue
-- and that he stands by the Grover Norquist pledge
not to raise any taxes to increase government revenue.
He slams Obamacare over the individual mandate
then defends the mandate in Massachusetts.
His team leaks that Rubio won't be the VP pick,
after which Romney says Rubio's being vetted.
In physics, every action has an equal & opposite reaction.
In Mitt-ics, every action has an equal retraction. Read more
Florida plans a purge of its voter rolls,
disenfranchising many of its own citizens
...because the most secure democracy
is the one where the fewest participate.
Romney's ready to purge our country,
arguing against teachers, police & firefighters
because he'd like Bain-style capitalism to bring
austerity to the many & wealth to a few.
And The Tea Party was ready to purge Jeb Bush
after he said the GOP had moved too far right
...a statement he quickly retracted
as he realized who held the Republican reins.
Meanwhile, the CEO who lost billions?
No purge there -- he keeps his job.
Progressives need a stronger surge
to push back the right-wing urge to purge. Read more
When we don't remember it was organized labor
that brought us weekends, wages & work safety,
it becomes easier to vote for a Governor
who stands against unions' interests & our own.
When we forget to check whose money
bankrolls his bottomless campaign coffers,
unfettered, unaccountable infusions
can overwhelm voters & buy out democracy.
When our recollection fails, we overlook
unprecedented power grabs & divisive laws,
and a Tea Party hero holds his office.
Conservative cons convinced & connived,
and Wisconsin - and America - lost on Tuesday.
When we don't remember, we don't Recall.
Time to fix our memory & our democracy. Read more
At last, Romney won the race
by being the last one in the race.
He did outlast the outcast cast
but did he come in first, or hang out last?
And which Romney who'd run has won?
This "severely conservative" last Romney
-- or the pro-choice posturer, pro-gay poser
that composed the poise of the last-last Romney?
Will this last Romney who's won still run?
How long can this last Romney last?
When will the real Romney join at last?
Or first with a burst, and fast with a blast,
will the next Romney be first, or come in last?
Alas, alack, ahem, avast,
whether first or next, passed or past,
suffice to say that Romney's last. Read more
Every Memorial Day, we remember our war dead, we pray to end wars & promise to lessen such loss -- while we leave a force in Afghanistan, threaten Iran and accept the the casualties caused by drone strikes.
More Dems, & even GOP, come out for marriage equality, criticizing those who don't stand for civil liberties -- except both parties accept "security" over liberty via surveillance & tactics criminalizing our population.
Candidates all blast money in politics & negative ads -- spreading that critique through expensive campaigns, elaborate fundraising & the help of their Super PACs.
They oppose wars, invasions of privacy & political money except when it's their wars, invasions & money.
It's hip to be critical, but they wind up hypocritical, and it ends up being a lot more hype than hope.
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Every Memorial Day, we remember our war dead,
we pray to end wars & promise to lessen such loss
-- while we leave a force in Afghanistan, threaten Iran
and accept the the casualties caused by drone strikes.
More Dems, & even GOP, come out for marriage equality,
criticizing those who don't stand for civil liberties
-- except both parties accept "security" over liberty
via surveillance & tactics criminalizing our population.
Candidates all blast money in politics & negative ads
-- spreading that critique through expensive campaigns,
elaborate fundraising & the help of their Super PACs.
They oppose wars, invasions of privacy & political money
except when it's their wars, invasions & money. Read more
As students celebrate graduation around the country,
they learn you can become a Presidential candidate
if you showed leadership bullying a peer in high school.
Graduates learn that the business world is forgiving:
you can push the economy to the brink of collapse,
and still be given another chance to lose $2 billion.
The Class of 2012 learns that corporations are people
except they have ways to escape their losses
unlike people who carry student loans forever...
& this year's class has the most debt in history. Read more
Was President Obama still "evolving" on equality,
was it just his strategy that was metamorphosing,
-- or did the Vice President's off-the-cuff comments
jumpstart a sudden survival-of-the-fittest sprint?
Was Biden a trial balloon or a useful buffoon,
the Prez a shrewd strategist or crude pragmatist,
or was it just time that leaders started to follow
the direction their party & populace were moving?
Some argue the announcement's too early politically,
some contend that it's long overdue morally,
some wonder if the President will even act on it
and many think he felt this way all along.
Maybe Obama was biding time or acting on Biden Time
-- either way: welcome to the right side of history. Read more
Every week is big for Living Liberally. With 250+ chapters, no week goes by without guest speakers, candidates and advocates, without special events and new promotions.
But this is a particularly big week -- not only because of what we're doing but who we're doing it with.
This Thursday is the Living Liberally Annual Celebration: a gathering of the tribe, a critical fundraiser, a big old party. This raises most of the funds that support our shoe-string budget for our national programming -- and it does it with an open bar, sustainable food shindig that's a staple of the progressive calendar. Read more
Workers rallied & picketed & marched
to celebrate & defend their rights
while the man who opposed child labor laws
ended his own job hunt for the White House.
While Occupiers took to the streets together
to call for a more just & fair economy,
the 1% candidate of vulture capitalism defended
tax cuts for the rich & loan hikes for everyone else.
As Americans call for help from their leaders,
the GOP seeks help from Rumsfeld & Ted Nugent,
showing they are just as desperate
as the Americans they are ignoring.
Will Americans shouting "May Day!" in solidarity
push our leaders to march with us,
or will conservatives push back so hard
we all call "May Day! May Day! before long? Read more
All Romney had to do was take stands against
women seeking healthcare, Hispanics seeking respect,
African-Americans seeking justice & gays seeking equality
...and it worked: he finally beat Newt Gingrich.
The Republican Party has already targeted
seniors, homeowners, working families, immigrants,
Muslims, women in the workforce & low-income earners
…so they've decided it's time to beat up on students.
The right-wing has screamed that Obama is
soft on China, North Korea, Russia & Mexico,
passive on Iran, Egypt & the whole Middle East,
& now wants to fear-monger about France.
Romney's polls show that everyone dislikes him.
So he & the GOP decided to dislike everyone. Read more