Political Ideas

2007
Oct
10

TWO GREAT EVENTS IN DC AREA

Tag: Peace and War, Political Ideas

Look forward to seeing you at both of these:

1. WEDNESDAY NIGHT

PDA at new Busboys and Poets in Shirlington, Va.

Busboys & Poets & Progressive Politics October 10, 2007, Arlington, VA

2007
Oct
04

Senate Intel Committee Reverses, Nobody Notices

Tag: Impeachment, Peace and War, Political Ideas

By David Swanson

When Republican Senator Pat Roberts chaired the Senate Intelligence Committee, he refused to conduct an investigation into how Bush and Cheney misled the Congress about the case for invading Iraq. The investigation, part of what was known as Phase II, had been agreed to, but Roberts refused to do it prior to the November 2004 elections on the grounds that it could impact the elections. After the elections he refused to do it on the grounds that it didn't matter, what with the elections already being over.

2007
Oct
03

Is Marie Cocco Coocoo?

Tag: Peace and War, Political Ideas

By David Swanson

Liberal columnist Marie Cocco maintains her progressive positions right up to the point where she might diverge in the slightest from the Democratic leadership in Congress. Last spring she wasn't so noticeable. Most progressive pundits back in March and May were playing right along with the pretense that the Democrats in Congress didn't have the power to end the occupation of Iraq. This was and is simply not true.

2007
Sep
24

We The People, Concert for the Constitution

Tag: Political Ideas

By Andrea Miller, Inform Progressive Virginia

David Swanson, Laura Flanders, Norman Solomon

It has been a very bizarre week for the American government (and a pretty terrible one for the American people). The Senate refused to pass legislation that would give the troops as much time at home as they spent in combat, and officially condemned an organization that supports free speech for pointing out an obvious lie. I found it interesting that they didn't exactly deny the charges, the Senate Republicans were upset about the language. I think it's time to seriously revisit the United States Constitution.

2007
Sep
23

We Have Nothing But Fear Itself

Tag: Political Ideas

By David Swanson

A Roseland, Indiana, city council member orders police to remove a fellow city council member. The police escort him out, shove him down on his face and pound his head. Onlookers either cheer, do nothing, joke, behave as if all were normal, or yell at others to let the police do their jobs. Not a single person protests. Only the one victim is hauled off in the police car. No one jumps in and shouts "Before this becomes Nazi Germany, arrest me too!"

2007
Sep
01

Peace, Injustice, and Ron Paul

Tag: Elections, Peace and War, Political Ideas

By David Swanson

If Ron Paul had been president for the past 6 years, a million more Iraqis would be alive, and another 4 million would not be refugees. The world would be a safer place, and Americans would have lost fewer freedoms.

2007
Aug
26

The 18 Percent Congress

Tag: Political Ideas

By David Swanson

If you were a member of Congress, wouldn't you behave completely differently from how most members of Congress behave? I mean, if you had not gone through the process required to become a congress member, but just suddenly became one tomorrow, wouldn't you behave as though you had an ounce of decency? Wouldn't you take your responsibility at least as seriously as your power and your ego? Wouldn't you at a bare minimum seek to represent the wishes of the majority of your constituents, the way you were taught in elementary school a representative is supposed to represent? I have to assume you would, as I assume I would, as I assume a majority of Americans would.

2007
Aug
11

Family Tradition

Tag: Political Ideas

By David Swanson

With thanks and a toast to Hank Williams Jr.

Compassionate conservatives have been a real close family, But lately some of my kinfolks have disowned a few others and me. I guess it's because I kind of changed my direction.

2007
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?

2007
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.

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