Tag Archives: Sean Hannity

The One Party State vs. The Emerging Democratic Majority, Ctd

I agree that both the left and right threaten to take freedom hostage—but in different ways—and that’s why America works: the left generally holds the right in check and the right generally holds the left in check. To my mind, this is … Continue reading

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Are Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, and Sean Hannity Religious Phonies?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         . Some people think that Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, and Sean Hannity are sincere believers in God, and they take them at their word when they call themselves Christians. I don’t. I think that all three of them, in their religious … Continue reading

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Dream Team?: Half-term Governor Sarah Palin and Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann in 2012?

Yes, they might. And it’s what the Republican crowd appears to want.

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Target Democrats

When is a metaphor not a metaphor?                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            . The double entendre accompanied by (im)plausible deniability. Republicans have been escalating this sick game for over a year.

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Reality Check: Gallup Poll finds public approval of Barack Obama’s health care victory

No wonder the president has been smiling all day. As you might expect, now that the health care reform bill has actually passed, the public’s approval of it has markedly improved. This is what the Democrats were banking on all along, … Continue reading

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Health Care Reform: What this means for President Obama’s place in the history books

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      . More than a few thoughtful political observers think Barack Obama’s health care reform success secures the place of his presidency in history. Here are three: Matthew Yglesias: Now that it’s done, Barack Obama will go down in history as … Continue reading

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Health Care Reform: Yes We Did

I’m so proud to have supported and worked for this man’s election to the presidency. Barack Obama is proving to be an even better president than I had dared hope for when I voted for him in November of 2008. And on Sunday … Continue reading

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Kill Obama = Kill Health Care Reform?

The latest lovely image of Barack Obama, stepping into a coffin, the word “KILL” in large red letters alongside a caricature of his face, courtesy of some sick racist at a “Code Red” Tea Party protest in Washington, March 16, 2010:

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Health care reform and Barack Obama: Howard Fineman thinks Barack Obama’s stock is destined to rise big time, especially if health care reform passes

Apparently based on health care reform’s revived prospects, Howard Fineman says this: If I were a broker and Barack Obama were a stock, I’d have a one-word piece of advice today: buy. Republicans should be scared. Very scared. Democrats are … Continue reading

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Jonathan Rauch on the Contemporary GOP: “Barry Goldwater and Nelson Rockefeller got into an argument and George Wallace won”

Jonathan Rauch today posted a seminal analysis of the GOP in the light of George Wallace. A taste: Goldwater served for 30 years as a respected insider in Washington’s most exclusive club, the U.S. Senate; he was never interested in cultural and social … Continue reading

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Tea Terrorism: Joe Stack (1956-2010) Draws Tea Party Populism into a New Round of Violence and Celebrations of Violence

And as Jonathan Capehart reminds us, it’s not the first time that the so-called “Constitution patriots” have moved down this road: In the 1990s, there was lots of talk about the excesses of government power, a U.N.-run New World Order … Continue reading

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IRS Tea Bomber Joe Stack (1956-2010) Played Bass, the Accordion, and Sang in a Band. He was also “Easygoing”

Then he wrote a suicide web letter and flew a plane into a building. This today at CNN: Thursday’s incident left those who knew Stack scratching their heads. “I can’t believe it’s the same person,” said Ric Furley, an Austin musician … Continue reading

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Understanding the Tea-Partiers Underlying Psychological Motivation

I think it’s the Exodus-Joshua narrative—perhaps the most persistent narrative in the American psyche. As a liberal, I think it’s something very potent, and needs to be respected and worked with somehow. Over the past year, conservatives, by being dropped from the Bush-Cheney … Continue reading

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Glenn Beck, Secret Atheist?

Is Glenn Beck sending out coded messages to his atheist compadres, or shall we simply ask the Heavenly Father to forgive him, for he knoweth not what he quoteth from? I ask because Glenn Beck, at the start of his show, … Continue reading

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Why I Oppose the American Tea Party Movement

I cannot offer anything but resistance to so reactionary and ridiculous a movement. I know that there are some people in a thrall to its libertarian elements, and if that was all that was going on with the Tea Party … Continue reading

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Rush Limbaugh on Haiti

The titular “head” of the “conservative” (read “authoritarian”) movement in this country, Rush Limbaugh, seems to lack even the most basic sense of decency. This today at ThinkProgress.com: Yesterday, hate radio host Rush Limbaugh controversially said that President Obama was … Continue reading

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Scott Lively’s Role in Fomenting Anti-Gay Hysteria in Uganda

If you don’t think that there is any real danger in the rise of 21st century American religious authoritarianism, watch this: Oh, and how many times have you heard Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, or Sean Hannity speak out against the “anti-sodomy” … Continue reading

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Dr. Jekyll, Meet Mr. Hyde: What Can Happen To a Gentle Person Under the Spell of Nationalism, Ideology, or Religion?

Andrew Sprung, at the Daily Dish today, has written what I would regard as an exceptionally important—and even seminal—little blog post reflecting on the Iranian Revolution (“Gentle mullahs transformed”). In it, he simply offers two quotes and a bit of commentary that concisely lay out … Continue reading

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A Truly Great Speech

Extraordinary, and worth watching in its entirety:

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The Full Text of Barack Obama’s Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech (December 10, 2009)

Your Majesties, Your Royal Highnesses, Distinguished Members of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, citizens of America, and citizens of the world: I receive this honor with deep gratitude and great humility. It is an award that speaks to our highest aspirations … Continue reading

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