US Domestic Politics

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Going On The Offensive: What Should Be The Core Liberal/Progressive Message?

This topic was originally started by a Danielle... who I believe filled in for Thom a few weeks back. This topic has gone nowhere since the 19th. Here's what I posted:

Warren Beatty's 2005 advice to Gov. Schwarzenegger — some advice on power

The year was 2005 and it is just a fresh and pertinent for today.

http://www.berkeley.edu/news/media/releases/2005/05/21_beatty.shtml

Warren Beatty Academy Award-winning director Warren Beatty gave the keynote address at the graduation ceremony for UC Berkeley's Goldman School of Public Policy. (Photos by Bart Nagel)

Actor Warren Beatty gives public-policy graduates —
and Gov. Schwarzenegger — some advice on power

Public Affairs | 21 May 2005

Insane Science

watch/teslas-insane-mode- The driver chooses insane over and over and expects the same result.

I'm here. How many of you are on non-progressive political forums

I'm on a progressive political forum engaging in debate. How many of you go to libertarian political fora and engage in debate?

Harry Browne's 1996 Libertarian Party Nomination Acceptance Speech

If you really want to know what libertarians think, watch. It's about 40 minutes.

http://www.c-span.org/video/?c4464091/harry-browne

The Pollution Solution Part 1, by Dr. Mary Ruwart

The Pollution Solution (Part I)

Question: Isn't government the best protector of the environment and our national parks? What steps would libertarians take in this arena?

Who's the greatest polluter of all? The oil companies? The chemical companies? The nuclear power plants?

If you guessed "none of the above" you'd be correct. Our government, at the federal, state, and local levels, is the single greatest polluter in the land. In addition, our government doesn't even clean up its own garbage!

Bye Bye Mitt: Romney Out Of 2016 Race

After a few weeks of floating trial balloons... Mitt announced today that he's not going to run in 2016.

http://www.cnn.com/2015/01/30/politics/romney-2016-call/

Are Progressives The New Counter Revolutionaries?

I'm borrowing this from another thread

Quote Bush_Wacker:

Progressives are the gas pedal of the car and conservatives are the brakes. It's self defining. In order to move forward you have to hit the gas. Leaning on the gas full time without hitting the breaks once in a while is like a run away train. However leaning on the break all the time will get you nowhere.

What's progressive and what's conservative can be considered less absolutes and more relativistic positions depending on the historical starting point.

Bizarre CA Supreme Court Ruling

I'm scratching my head over this one. Let's see-Kiss a minor's hoo-hoo-get registered as a sex offender. Penetrate a minor's hoo-hoo-no registration as a sex offender.

http://www.latimes.com/local/crime/la-me-court-sex-offenders-20150130-st...

"California Supreme Court sex-crime ruling criticized as unfair to gays

engaging in unforced oral sex with minors must register as sex offenders — while those guilty of sexual intercourse with minors may not have to.

"Democide": Death By Government

I think this topic deserves its own thread:

[quote=LysanderSpooner]Death by government, Democide. That's 262,000,000 human beings. How many people did entrepeneurs and the worst corporations kill?

Political Correctness

Jonathan Chait presents his view of PC and the "Left":

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2015/01/not-a-very-pc-thing-to-say.html

Excerpts:

The Ultra-Partisanship of the GOP, The Most Destructive Force In the Modern World, bar none

Regardless of its ultimate source, I think we can all agree that the GOP in the last 30 or more years has become rabidly partisan and, at the same time, positively Machiavellian in its methods.

Similarly, we can all see several clear examples where this hyper-partisanship and extreme political ruthelessness from the GOP have materially harmed the United States.

Here are just a few:

Being a sniper is all about shame

Highly recommended reading:

Being a sniper is all about shame ...By Gordon Duff, Senior Editor VT Veterans Today

Exerpts ( Direct quotes ) from: http://www.veteranstoday.com/2015/01/21/sniper-mythology-and-other-tales-of-horror/ )

Did the oil/gas companies suddenly become less greedy?

Is the amount of greed in the world suddenly less? How is it possible for gas prices to be half of what they were at their high? Why are prices down? Do prices have anything to do with greed at all?

snow apocalypse

A snow storm is predicted for New York but instead of acting like rational adults and telling people to use caution when going outside. The mayor of new York City and the governor of new York state locked down the city/state for 4 inches of snow.

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Why the House of Representatives Doesn’t Represent Americans

One of the really weird ironies of politics these days is the huge divergence between what the American people actually want and what the radical right-wingers in Washington actually do. You won’t hear this on Fox So-Called News, but right now the American people are as progressive as they ever have been.

Don’t believe me? Just check the polls.

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