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As someone who eats and breathes politics, I’m usually pretty quick to offer my take on a story, whether it’s solicited or not. Saying what’s on my mind has never been a problem for me. So as the story of children being detained in cages at the U.S. – Mexico border first broke, I assumed I would sit down at my computer after my kids had gone to bed for the night. The plan was to write a post blasting Trump and his administration for pursuing such a craven policy and then brazenly lying about it. Then I heard the audio of the children, and I realized this was different. The impact of those voices transcends politics as we know it, at least for me. My default emotional state when…

In the days leading up to the 2018 California Primary Election, media outlets became obsessed with the unique “jungle primary” format in regards to determining whether Democrats could successfully pick up enough seats to retake the House of Representatives. After doing a little research, I am convinced that moving to a jungle primary would go a long way towards fixing many systemic institutional problems in Pennsylvania state government. So What Exactly is a Jungle Primary? The most straightforward definition of a jungle primary, technically referred to as a nonpartisan blanket primary, is a primary election open to all voters, but instead of picking a nominee from each of the two major parties, the two candidates with the highest vote totals win. The result is the real possibility (and in some…

Democrats, it’s time to stop apologizing. Apologizing for what? Everything. Actually, it’s well past time, but we have to start somewhere so here we are. Every day of the Trump Administration is a new chapter in this bizarre politically-motivated nightmare of a culture war dominating America. I know many people don’t like the term “culture war,” but the analogies to war fit our current situation so well that it seems just a good a description as any. The problem is the Democrats are fighting as though the Rules of War still apply when they clearly don’t. Donald Trump has declared his own set of Rules: he can say and do anything without the reasonable expectation of any consequences whatsoever. (This Rule applies to his political friends and family as well,…

The phrase “culture wars” gets thrown around frequently in political discussions, but what does that mean to the people actually fighting these “wars”? This horrifying piece by Kieryn Darkwater at Autostraddle.com answers that question with eye-popping specificity. Here’s a brief excerpt of his post, titled “I Was Trained for the Culture Wars in Home School, Awaiting Someone Like Mike Pence as a Messiah”: [The Culture Wars is] a loose and ambiguous term that basically means anything or anyone that doesn’t align with this very specific view of Christianity must not be allowed to continue. How do you do that? Well, you overturn Roe v. Wade, Griswold v. Connecticut, Brown v. Board of Education and Bob Jones v. The United States. Each of these decisions currently protects reproductive rights or non-discrimination based on race. As retribution, you amend…

Like the rest of the country, I watched in shock and shame as Nazis marched through an American city, inciting violence that claimed an innocent life. I watched in disgust as the President of the United States stopped just short of congratulating the White Supremacists with his half-assed, dog-whistle response that virtually guarantees things are going to get much worse before they get better. (But hey, at least nobody’s talking about Russia anymore, am I right?) But let’s forget Trump for a minute. What I want to know is where the hell are all the people who’ve been warning us all along that we may need to stand up to our own government someday? The ones who cite the need to be ever-vigilant in the fight against tyranny? The ones…

American Exceptionalism, a phrase coined by Alexis de Tocqueville nearly two centuries ago, refers to independence, strength, and superiority of the American experiment. Well, at least that’s what it used to mean. These days, American Exceptionalism means you get to be a dick whenever you want because… ‘Murica. Not only do you get to be a dick, but you’re also pretty much required to be a dick if you want to earn respect and adoration of a large swath of an electorate so oblivious to their self-destruction it’s almost impossible to believe. Not All Heros Wear Capes, But Most of Them Are Dicks And hey, not that we’re keeping score or anything, but if you’re a white guy, you get to be an even bigger dick. Oh, you’re a rich…

The floundering presidency of Donald Trump gives the Democratic Party a golden opportunity to take back a significant number of seats in Congress and State Legislatures, but as the recent special election ass-kicking in Georgia’s 6th District demonstrated, victory doesn’t happen on its own. The Democratic Party is searching for an identity and a winning message, but what the party needs to do is acknowledge just how badly they’ve done in recent cycles. But who are we kidding? That would make way too much sense. Here are ten tactics the Democrats must change to retake Congress in the 2018 midterm elections: 1. Progressives Should Adopt the Tactics Used by the Tea Party or Shut Up Already In 2010, the Tea Party arose seemingly out of nowhere and effectively took control of…