Topic | Presidential election

That Was Then, This Is Now: No on 9, No on Trump

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Way back in the way back, in 1992, an evangelical right wing group called the Oregon Citizens’ Alliance (OCA)¬†circulated a petition called the Abnormal Behaviors Initiative. That initiative proposed to amend the Oregon constitution to ban civil rights protections for LGBTQ people while also labeling us “abnormal, wrong, unnatural, and perverse.” The initiative language¬†lumped LGBTQ […]

The Obama Paradox

The Obama Paradox

I’ve gotten some grief lately over critical comments I’ve made about President Obama. Folks reference a piece I wrote a while back about why I was a supporter of Obama’s candidacy in the last election, calling on other racial justice advocates who were critical of his first term to join me. Why, folks now ask, […]

Politics is a Battle for Position: More Thoughts on the Election

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As relieved as I am about the outcome of the national elections, I can’t get the thought of how much we’ve lost in order to “win” out of out my mind. Something an old colleague of mine told me in the 1980s keeps popping into my head: politics is a battle for position. What he […]

The Right, The Election, And What’s Next

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A while back I wrote a post called “The Party of Lincoln.” In it, I said that the GOP, [has] become the instrument of power of a right wing movement bent on resetting the social, political, and economic clock in America to a time when women were marginalized, the rich were beyond accountability, and overt […]

Why “Redistribution” is a Dirty Word to Republicans

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Sorry, I couldn’t resist this bit of right wing propaganda. I wish this was an indication that they’re totally out of touch, but, alas, no. In fact, they’re just about in touch with control of the presidency and both houses of Congress. “Redistributionist,” according to Merriam-Webster, is a term coined in 1961 specifically to refer […]