Political Ideas

2007
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.

2007
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.

2007
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.

2007
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.

2007
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.

2007
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.

2007
Mar
08

Get a Backbone!

Tag: Political Ideas
2007
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

2007
Jan
27

Bush's Four Anti-Terror Successes All Fictional

Tag: Political Ideas

By David Swanson

HELP EXPOSE THESE AND OTHER LIES AT http://www.afterdowningstreet.org

and

http://www.impeachbush.tv

President Bush claimed in his State of the Union speech to have prevented four terrorist plots. Phew! It's a good thing to know that we tossed out our Bill of Rights for some actual REASON – I mean other than turning Iraq into a training ground for terrorism.

2007
Jan
04

Democrats' Open-Mic Press Conferences

Tag: Impeachment, Political Ideas

By David Swanson

Unlike the previous majority party in Congress, the Democrats who take power today know their weaknesses. They know they're not very good at the whole press conference thing where you're supposed to stand there and say something people care about. So they've announced an open-mic policy.

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