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Confirmed: “States Rights” = “Fuck Those Niggers!” – The Use of Coded Racism in the Modern GOP.

Little over a decade ago, the Republican establishment finally admitted to their definition of “States Rights”. It was doozy! Lee Atwater, one of the leading GOP strategists of the 1980s. He ran George H.W. Bush’s successful campaign in ’88 and later served as chair of the RNC. This is a clip from an interview that … Continue reading

Confirmed: Voting Restrictions Key to Republican Electoral Success

Let’s talk about voting in the U.S.. Back in 1980, Paul Weyrich said on video the following words: “Now many of our Christians have what I call the ‘goo-goo syndrome.’ Good government. They want everybody to vote. I don’t want everybody to vote. Elections are not won by a majority of people. They never have … Continue reading

Three Idiots and a Video – A Facebook Experience

I recently had one of the most interesting experiences on Facebook. There were so many elements to this exchange that I felt compelled to share it with the world. Let’s start with the post itself. A “friend” shared a video of some guy ranting against the #americawasnevergreat hashtag. The first thing to note is that … Continue reading

Confirmed: War on Drugs Targets Black America

Deep down inside, we’ve always known that the “War on Drugs” was political speak for something much more sinister. One of Richard Nixon’s top advisers and a key figure in the Watergate scandal said the war on drugs was created as a political tool to fight blacks and hippies. “The Nixon campaign in 1968, and … Continue reading

Marco Rubio: Welfare for me and my people, not for you!

Recently, Political magazine did a profile story on Marco Rubio. Immediately after, friends asked me to weight in and give my opinion of the article and Rubio himself. What I thought was going to be a a simple response turned into something much more lengthily and insightful. I think it turned out pretty well, so … Continue reading

Gun Control: Three Unorthodox Arguments in Support of a Better World

It’s time to throw my hat into the gun-control debate. Truthfully, I’m not keen on the arguments from either side of the debate. The pro-gun reform advocates have some very good and  logical points; however, they usually land on deaf ears or are defeated by the experience of the opposing camp. I’d like to present … Continue reading

Pope Francis: Don’t Believe the Hype!

The hype surrounding the new Pope has to stop. There’s nothing progressive about Pope Francis. Whatever the TV or your friends are repeating is false or completely out of context. Let me walk you through some of the most talked-about points: Homosexuality We all heard the now famous line from the Pope when asked about … Continue reading

The Case for Reparations

The Case for Reparations by Ta-Nehisi Coates – The Atlantic: Two hundred fifty years of slavery. Ninety years of Jim Crow. Sixty years of separate but equal. Thirty-five years of racist housing policy. Until we reckon with our compounding moral debts, America will never be whole. Clyde Ross was born in 1923, the seventh of … Continue reading

Who Owns the World?

Noam Chomsky – Delivered at University of Massachusetts at Amherst, September 2012 When I was thinking about these remarks, I had two topics in mind, couldn’t decide between them — actually pretty obvious ones. One topic is, what are the most important issues that we face? The second topic is, what issues are not being … Continue reading

On Heroism: Forced Troop Worship & Compulsory Patriotism

Hi, The day before the 2014 Veteran’s Day, Salon published an articled titled “You don’t protect my freedom: Our childish insistence on calling soldiers heroes deadens real democracy”. Below are some key takeaways: Put a man in uniform, preferably a white man, give him a gun, and Americans will worship him. It is a particularly … Continue reading