The new secessionists: The GOP secedes from history and progress instead of the union

Sam Smith - The current Republican Party is the most reactionary and destructive major political organization in American history since the secession by the South. In fact, a major portion of its power comes from the South. For example, almost 60% of Romney’s electoral votes came from states that seceded from the US. Harpers Magazine … Continue reading The new secessionists: The GOP secedes from history and progress instead of the union

What NSA can teach us about dealing with right wingers

Sam Smith News that NSA staffers are suffering in morale was both cheering and instructive. Cheering because it’s nice to see a bunch that has been running America’s most prolific crime operation (at least in terms of victims per capita) lose some speed. Instructive because it suggests a better way of dealing with pathological narcissists … Continue reading What NSA can teach us about dealing with right wingers

How to tell radical Muslims from radical Republicans

Sam Smith Radical Muslims use bombs, planes and small arms to kill and injure Americans; radical Republicans use the budget process. Radical Muslims oppose Christianity; radical Republicans give it a bad reputation. Radical Muslims practice Sharia law; radical Republicans don’t care about laws. Radical Muslims would like to overthrow Western democracy; radical Republicans show them … Continue reading How to tell radical Muslims from radical Republicans

The GOP’s uncivil war

Sam Smith The GOP’s attack against an extraordinary range of once broadly accepted government principles and activities may represent the greatest rebellion against our political system since the Civil War. If this seems exaggerated, consider a bit of history. Since World War II, for example, there have been only two instances when Congress went truly … Continue reading The GOP’s uncivil war

Tea Party can’t even get its name right

Sam Smith, 2010 - Like the historical event it claims to honor, the present day Tea Bag Party seeks superficial change even while remaining hostage to the very system it claims to challenge. The original Boston Tea Party superficially challenged British power over the colonies but, along with other protests of the time, ultimately sought … Continue reading Tea Party can’t even get its name right