Political Ideas

Aug
11

It Really Is a Democratic Congress

Tag: Political Ideas

By David Swanson

Should it go without saying that the current Congress is Democratic? The Democrats have the majority, control the agenda, and chair and hold a majority on every committee. But does that make the Congress Democratic?

Jul
28

Bush Fulfills His Grandfather's Dream

Tag: Political Ideas

By David Swanson

It's remarkably common for a grandson to take up his grandfather's major project. This occurred to me when I read recently of Thor Heyerdahl's grandson taking up his mission to cross the Pacific on a raft. But what really struck me was the BBC story aired on July 23rd documenting President George W. Bush's grandfather's involvement in a 1933 plot to overthrow the U.S. government and install a fascist dictatorship. I knew the story, but had not considered the possibility that the grandson was trying to accomplish what his grandfather had failed to achieve.

Jun
13

Rorty: The Best We've Ever Had

Tag: Philosophy, Political Ideas

By David Swanson

Whenever anyone asks me what author has had the greatest impact on me, I don't hesitate. There's no doubt that it's Richard Rorty. I consider him the most significant author of the past century, something I once told him, and which he had the humility to say and honestly believe was ludicrous. Richard Rorty died this week and took from this planet the most brilliant mind we've ever seen put to the kindest and most useful endeavors.

May
31

Iraq, Cowboys, and the Enormity of 18 Months

Tag: Elections, Impeachment, Peace and War, Political Ideas

By David Swanson

Eighteen months ago Congressman John Murtha and other pro-war Democrats had not yet developed even a muddled half-hearted opposition to the occupation of Iraq, Joe Lieberman had not lost a primary, MoveOn.org and the Center for American Progress were pretending there was no such thing as Iraq, and the Democratic Party had shoved its collective head so far up… well, let’s just say the pretense was alive and well that Iraq was not the central issue in American politics.

May
23

Of Congressional Surrenders

Tag: Impeachment, Political Ideas

Dick Cheney and Jim Wright Saved Reagan: What Can Cheney and Nancy Pelosi Do for Bush?

By David Swanson

For almost five months, Congress has gone out of its way to avoid impeachment in order to get things done, and has thereby managed to have signed into law all sorts of wonderful legislation. Er, well, actually not so much legislation that you would really call wonderful. Well, OK, actually not a single bill, if you want to be picky about it. And of course, any useful legislation sent to the President is likely to be vetoed or signing-statemented.

Apr
11

Say It Loud: Subpoena!

Tag: Political Ideas

By David Swanson

Subpoena is a beautiful word. Sub means Under, as in "The subservient subject submitted along with his subordinates to the rule of law." Poena means Penalty, as in "There's an opening at the penal colony." Subpoena means a nation under laws, not unitary executives. Three and a half months later than some of us had hoped, it is finally subpoena season, not to mention spring.

Mar
13

What if the FBI Hired Someone Honest to Look into 9-11?

Tag: Political Ideas

By David Swanson

It did. Her name was Sibel Edmonds. This is her story, as she told it to me. Edmonds discusses what she knows, whom it implicates, and what she's been through and what hope there is in the new Congress to start an investigation.

Mar
11

On David Sirota, David Obey, and "Idiot Liberals," Never Mind Ending the War

Tag: Peace and War, Political Ideas

By David Swanson

David Sirota has just published an article disagreeing with me, which is quite disturbing because I usually agree with and often admire Sirota's work. And yet, the claims he makes in this article don't persuade me. So, my inclination is not to pretend they do because Sirota has done good things in the past. Sirota, however, would like us to all pretend that what Congressman David Obey is currently doing is acceptable because he's done something good in the past.

Mar
08

Get a Backbone!

Tag: Political Ideas
Feb
28

Only Nonviolence Will End the War

Tag: Impeachment, Peace and War, Philosophy, Political Ideas

By David Swanson

On March 17, a huge mass of people will gather at the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D.C., and march from there to the Pentagon for the cause of impeachment and peace. http://www.impeach07.org

World Beyond War

RootsAction.org

War Is A Crime

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There Is No Way To Peace

Peace is the way.

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