Lessons from the 2021 elections, part two

Posted on November 17, 2021

We should use election results to understand the political moment. Like opinion polls, elections are a snapshot of how voters feel at a given time. The questions, then, are why did voters feel that...


Three lessons from the Virginia elections

Posted on November 3, 2021

The 2021 election results must be seen as a wake-up call for progressives. At this point, we have the most information about Virginia. While there’s a lot to say about the respective campaigns, here...


The education tragedy you haven’t heard about

Posted on October 20, 2021

Last week, an agency of the Department of Education reported that, for the first time since testing began in the 1970s, nationwide scores dropped for all categories on the National Assessment of Educational Progress...


The conservative excuses for selfishness

Posted on October 6, 2021

What are conservatives thinking when they say, with colossal irony, “my body, my choice”? How do they justify going unvaccinated and maskless when vaccines and masks are extremely protective and practically free? The answer...


Vaccine mandates represent winning politics

Posted on September 22, 2021

More than 73 percent of adults, including 86 percent of Democrats and 60 percent of Republicans, have taken at least one shot of the COVID vaccine. Only about 40 percent of children over 11...


How to talk about abortion rights

Posted on September 8, 2021

According to the latest polling (Sept. 4-7 by YouGov – see page 101), by a margin of 50 to 28 percent, Americans want the Supreme Court to uphold Roe v. Wade. Gallup, which asks...


How to talk to vaccine skeptics

Posted on August 25, 2021

Updated December 1, 2021 Lies and deliberate misinformation about COVID vaccines have killed thousands of Americans. Those of us who are vaccinated understandably feel like yelling at the unvaccinated to wise up. But, of...


What we stand for in twelve words

Posted on August 11, 2021

Being “conservative” remains popular. The latest Gallup Polls show that 41 percent of Americans say they are conservative on economic issues compared to only 25 percent who say they are liberal on economics. This...


Five really stupid laws enacted in 2021

Posted on July 28, 2021

This year, right wingers have been busy in conservative controlled legislatures, enacting an agenda that is so extreme that it often sidetracks to pure stupidity. It’s at least partly a reaction to Donald Trump’s...


Don’t say nationalist, populist or authoritarian

Posted on July 14, 2021

Political labels tell a story about politicians or constituent groups. Unfortunately, the media and even progressive activists often use the wrong label. The audience, as a result, gets the story wrong. Let’s focus on...