motherjones:

Republicans are advancing on gay rights. Just not very quickly. 

Given how intransigent Republicans are on pretty much every progressive issue, this is a surprisingly positive vote percentage.  It just goes to show that for all the bluster and bullshit coming out of the religious right, social issues like gay rights are far more acceptable to our political establishment than, say, economic justice or environmental regulation.  At the end of the day, social issues aren’t costing the 1% any serious amount of money, and that’s the ultimate test of what gets done in America these days.

motherjones:

Republicans are advancing on gay rights. Just not very quickly. 

Given how intransigent Republicans are on pretty much every progressive issue, this is a surprisingly positive vote percentage.  It just goes to show that for all the bluster and bullshit coming out of the religious right, social issues like gay rights are far more acceptable to our political establishment than, say, economic justice or environmental regulation.  At the end of the day, social issues aren’t costing the 1% any serious amount of money, and that’s the ultimate test of what gets done in America these days.

It is when people not only distrusted power but also grasped that they were justified in doing so that liberation began its slow progress, and zones of personal freedom began to be carved out. — Sheldon Richman, from this excellent article.

It’s amazing how many liberals, blinded by their celebrity fascination with our governing class, have forgotten that so many of our ideals are rooted in reflexive suspicion of those in power.  It’s not paranoia; it’s a democratic duty.

Hi there New Democrats!

If you’re a fiscally conservative but socially liberal Democrat, I won’t support you.  Period.  Your social liberalism means nothing.  It’s trite, pandering pap.  Jumping on the gay marriage bandwagon now that other peoples activism has made it a safe issue doesn’t impress me at all.  Soaring rhetoric about equal opportunity and our post-racial society doesn’t inspire me.  It nauseates me.  That kind of shallow, manipulative bullshit isn’t any more convincing than the crap Republicans tell their base about abortion and prayer in schools. 

You know what’s really inspiring?  A livable minimum wage.  You know what really gets me fired up?  Robust, effective unions.  You know what makes me passionate?  Aggressive banking reform.  And boy oh boy do I get excited about progressive taxation and a strong social safety net.

If you think you can get my vote by mewling about social issues while selling every scrap of my sorry hide to the human maggots on Wall Street, you’ve got another thing coming.  I don’t care how articulate you are or how inspiring your story is.  You side with big business and big money?  You can go jump off a cliff.

About Gitmo

People talk about closing Gitmo like the prison itself is the problem, and everything will be okay if we just move the prisoners to nice little facility here on the mainland.  You see a lot of liberals making this argument because it lets them crow about how “Obama wanted to close Gitmo, but those nasty old Republicans wouldn’t let him!”  In other words, nothing is ever Obama’s fault, yet again.  Never mind that his “closure” involved shipping the detainees wholesale to a new facility in Illinois, where the indefinite imprisonment and torture could quietly continue.

Once more for the cheap seats: Gitmo is not the problem.  Indefinite detention is the problem.  Moving the prisoners from Gitmo to the U.S solves nothing.

The only solution is to let them go.

The White House Correspondent’s Dinner

That special night when our vile political class and craven, fawning media get to stop pretending that they’re actually doing their jobs.

OR…

A roll call of everybody in Washington who ought to be marched right to the guillotine.

OR…

The hottest porn you’ll ever see on cable TV.

McCain the Prophet?

Remember when the McCain campaign ran those ads about Obama being a “vain celebrity” in August 2008?  They got a little traction as I recall, but at the time I thought they were ridiculous and desperate.

Looking at this budget fracas, maybe McCain was onto something.  It seems like Obama, on some level, really believes his own press.  He really bought into all that messianic crap the left slathered on him in the election.  The comparisons to Kennedy, the Christ imagery, the (let’s be honest) cult of personality…I really think he buys it.  I think he’s started thinking of himself as the great Postpartisan Politician, the grand Compromiser, the lord high Uniter who can make everyone see his shining vision of a perfectly centrist, utterly technocratic America.  It’s one of the only ways to explain the utter insanity of his budget decisions, and his apparently genuine surprise that someone might object to them.

Who knows, maybe McCain saw it first.