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The Power of Thinking Small

The Power of Thinking Small

  Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has. – Margaret Mead This quote is often repeated in order to remind us that, in the midst of an apathetic majority, a small minority of people can make big changes. Even major […]

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 […]

Voting and the Battle for White Cultural Dominance

Since the beginning of 2011, conservatives have rolled out a broad wave of voter suppression efforts ranging from imposing voter ID requirements and blocking early voting, to the intimidation tactics of groups like True the Vote. Not surprisingly, these efforts to place road blocks, including what amount to poll taxes, between eligible voters and the […]

The Party Of Lincoln

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The Republican Convention played like conventions past, perhaps enriched by an unusual number of outright lies, but otherwise, pretty much par for the course. Planks of the platform controversial among undecided voters were avoided, attacks were launched, and the rest was pablum for the base. So why watch? It’s a habit. I’ve been watching since […]

The Trouble With Nazis, White Nationalists, and Other Assorted Extremists

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Today’s Huff Post story about KKK Grand Wizard and Bonner County, Idaho sheriff candidate Shaun Winkler hosting a cross burning got me on a rant today. Clearly, we’ve got a problem with populism of the right wing variety in America. According to a 2011 report by the Southern Poverty Law Center, the number of hate […]