Daily Topics - Wednesday June 29th, 2011

Daily Topics - Wednesday June 29th, 2011

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Hour One: Did the Supreme Court just kill public financing of elections? Vic Berardelli, Republican Liberty Caucus

Hour Two: Why do conservatives paint all of Islam with the same extremist brush? AWR Hawkins

Hour Three: 9/11 was 10 years ago, Bin Laden is dead, isn't it time to end "The Longest War?" Peter Bergen

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mathboy's picture
mathboy 3 years 24 weeks ago
#1

The string of musicians asking Republican politicians to stop using their songs has begun again. Tom Petty has asked Michele Bachmann to stop usiing "American Girl".

Maxrot's picture
Maxrot 3 years 24 weeks ago
#2

How do we get money out of politics? Is that question all that important as compared to how do we get actual statesmen into politics. Don't get me wrong, I do feel their are a few statesmen in office, Bernie Sanders being one that stands out. But he's a rarity not a norm. If money is taken out of politics, well how does that keep an endless flood of self serving crack pots from getting elected (well a different set of self serving crack pots). The fact that our government is stated as for the people by the people, then I think its obvious that the citizens should be trained to be statesmen from as young an age as possible. This is not happening, in fact the opposite is happening, critical thinking is being marginalized. If you want to enable the average citizen to be able to run for office, I think the first thing to do is get the average citizen educated in critical thinking, political theory and in depth constitutional review.

We have more than the problem of money in politics, we also have the problem of lack of good political citizens. If you don't have good political citizens, how is the average citizen going to recognize a good statesman vs a charlatan. For that matter, if the average citizen was well educated in political theory, how would that effect the power of money in politics?

I'd also like to see regulations put in place on lobbyists becoming politicians and politicians becoming lobbyists, or ending up working in industry. It should be treated like insider trading on wall street.

I'd also like to put a perjury clause into the political system. A politician that demonstrably lies in a campaign to get elected, or while in office to gain support, should be disqualified for elected office and prevented or removed from office for violating the public trust. What is the point of uttering an oath of office, if there is no mechanism to enact justice for breaking that oath?

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Jeanie's picture
Jeanie 3 years 24 weeks ago
#3

When you're talking about domestic terrorism, are the Christian anti-abortionists who blow up women's health centers & abortion clinics included?

Jeanie's picture
Jeanie 3 years 24 weeks ago
#4

The guest talking about the Muslims said one reason the Muslims are so dangerous is that when one is eliminated, others take their place. And that's different from the anti-choice extremists how?

The Death of the Middle Class was by Design...

Even in the face of the so-called Recovery, poverty and inequality are getting worse in our country, and more wealth and power is flowing straight to the top. According to Paul Buchheit over at Alternet, this is the end result of winner-take-all capitalism, and this destruction of the working class has all been by design.

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Robert Greenwald, political activist and founder and president of Brave New Films
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"With the ever-growing influence of corporate CEOs and their right-wing allies in all aspects of American life, Hartmann’s work is more relevant than ever. Throughout his career, Hartmann has spoken compellingly about the value of people-centered democracy and the challenges that millions of ordinary Americans face today as a result of a dogma dedicated to putting profit above all else. This collection is a rousing call for Americans to work together and put people first again."
Richard Trumka, President, AFL-CIO
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"If we are going to live in a Democracy, we need to have a healthy middle class. Thom Hartmann shows us how the ‘cons’ have wronged this country, and tells us what needs to be done to reclaim what it is to be American."
Eric Utne, Founder, Utne magazine