Are Republicans Abandoning Democracy?

December 10, 2018

In case after case, Republicans have demonstrated an eagerness to undercut democracy and tilt the rules of the game if doing so serves their ideological interests. We all used to agree to rules that apply uniformly whether those we favor win or lose. Now, many Republicans are abandoning that guardrail of democracy.

Via: Washington Post

America’s New Religions

December 9, 2018

Evangelical leaders have turned Christianity into a political and social identity, not a lived faith, and much of their flock – a staggering 81 percent voted for Trump – have signed on. And because their faith is unmoored but their religious impulse is strong, they seek a replacement for religion. This is why they could suddenly rally to a cult called Trump.

Via: New York Magazine

‘Damaged goods’: Alleged Fraud Has GOP Bracing For Loss Of N.C. Seat

December 8, 2018

With a special election in response to alleged voter fraud looking increasingly likely, ex-Marine Dan McCready is scrambling to reassemble his campaign. And McCready, who’s currently trailing Republican victor Mark Harris by 905 votes, would have the inside track, political operatives from both parties say.

Via: Politico

The GOP Election Plan Is Simple: Even When You Don’t Win, Disenfranchise Voters

December 6, 2018

Voter suppression is not merely about gerrymandering, closing polling places and requiring IDs to shape an electorate. It is a declaration that only Republicans, including lame duck ones, are allowed to run things, even when the voters say otherwise, and that any challenges to their power are invalid.

Via: Rolling Stone

Mourning Not Just George Bush’s Death, But The World Order He Helped Build

December 5, 2018

In addition to winding down the Cold War, historians credit Mr. Bush with helping facilitate the reunification of Germany and Europe, as well as the peaceful dissolution of the Soviet Union. And he was an apostle for free trade, negotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement and laying the groundwork for the World Trade Organization.

Via: New York Times

Democrats Hope To Train An Army Of Operatives For 2020 Election

December 3, 2018

“The struggle now that the campaign is over is: What do they do?” said Kelly Dietrich, who founded the National Democratic Training Committee to tackle the issue of how to keep new political workers involved. “The Democrats do not have a good structural answer for how to retain all of these talented new people.

Via: HuffPost

A European Goes To Washington

December 2, 2018

“For a European, visiting the United States these days is a bit like going to the dentist: Your mouth is agape, you smell trouble, and you leave with a lingering bad taste..” – Ivan Krastev

Via: New York Times

George H.W. Bush, Public Servant

December 1, 2018

Mr. Bush’s death on Friday is a moment to recall a less quarrelsome political order, when relations with traditional allies were more cordial than combative, when government attracted people of talent and integrity for whom public service offered a purpose higher than self-enrichment, when the Republican Party still offered room for people with pragmatic policies and sensible dispositions.

Via: New York Times

The “Detrumpification” Of America

November 29, 2018

As we ponder myriad ways to detrumpify America, some of the obvious opportunities include re-educating Americans on the difference between propaganda and facts, offering classes in critical thinking, jobs training programs, free community college tuition and a thorough investigation of anyone who pushes hate for profit.

Via: Millennial Politics