On his new web site, Stop Hoping, Swanson has been holding an online poll to see just who liberals would like to see challenge Barack Obama from the Left in 2012. The top 5 results are… [...]
It is a time of fear in the face of freedom, a time of an emptying country and swelling cities, a time for the widening of previous roads and the opening of new paths, yet a time when these paths are mined by knowing algorithms of the all-seeing eye. It is the time of the warrior's peace and the miser's charity, when the planting of a seed is an act of conscientious objection. These are the times when maps fade, old landmarks crumble and direction is lost. Forwards is backwards now, so we glance sideways at the strange lands through which we are all passing, knowing for certain only that our destination has disappeared. We are unready to meet these times, but we proceed nonetheless, adapting as we wander, reshaping the Earth with every tread. Behind us we have left the old times, the standard times, the high times. Welcome to the irregular times.
That’s what Tom said and asked last night. He’s right: government is corrupt. So would I have people do?
I would have people strain and stretch and TRY, and not just through voting, but through organized social movement activity. Politics is no more and no less than people deciding what is to be done. Sometimes [...]
Obama says it was a change of the guard, but that’s not the change I was hoping for. I wanted a change in what was being guarded. [...]
Last week the New York Times shared Diana Serafin’s justification for banning a mosque in Tennessee:
As a mother and a grandmother, I worry. I learned that in 20 years with the rate of the birth population, we will be overtaken by Islam, and their goal is to get people in Congress and the Supreme [...]
Barack Obama has shifted from grand promises of change to speeches in which he tries to get us excited about the interests of insurance companies. [...]
Those same illegal immigrants that right wingers love to complain about seem to be slowing down the erosion of religion in California. I wonder if the Religious Right will adjust its rhetoric, and shift toward support of liberalized immigration. [...]
A crisis may change things, through necessity after big social institutions we’ve relied upon have been destroyed, but aspiration to beautiful new modes of being isn’t what’s on people’s minds right now. Folks are hunkering down, and moving to protect what they can of what they’ve already got. [...]
This is easily the most brazen Barack Obama inauguration commercial tie-in I’ve seen:
Change Your Hair, Change The World. Just remember that Change comes from the bottom up.
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