The GOP’s War on America: From the Reagan Revolution to the Hijacking of American Government
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The GOP’s War on America: From the Reagan Revolution to the Hijacking of American Government

The GOP’s War on America: From the Reagan Revolution to the Hijacking of American Government The election of Ronald Reagan in 1980 was a turning point in our history and brought into government a phalanx of ideological conservatives. Reagan’s foot soldiers would be the Generals in the Gingrich Revolution a decade later, as Republicans took … Continue reading

Choosing the Republic Over the Republican Party: A Challenge to Rep. Katko and Sen. Toomey
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Choosing the Republic Over the Republican Party: A Challenge to Rep. Katko and Sen. Toomey

Choosing the Republic Over the Republican Party: A Challenge to Rep. Katko and Sen. Toomey While I am a lifelong Democrat, I consider myself fortunate to know two Republican members of Congress. I was a high school classmate of Senator Pat Toomey and shared a secretary with Congressman John Katko when we were young lawyers … Continue reading

GOP Form Letter to Victims of Mass Shootings
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GOP Form Letter to Victims of Mass Shootings

GOP Form Letter to Victims of Mass Shootings December 5, 2015 Dear Distraught Citizens of [blank], I was deeply saddened to learn of the mass shooting in your fine community. I want you to know that the victims, their families, the brave first responders and, indeed, your entire community are in my thoughts and prayers … Continue reading

Responding to the Tea Party’s Secession By Other Means
Barack Obama / Congressional Republicans / Fiscal Cliff / Global Warming / Government Shutdown / Radicalism / Republican Congress / Republican Party / Unions

Responding to the Tea Party’s Secession By Other Means

Responding to the Tea Party’s Secession By Other Means October 13, 2013 DU Link In considering the root of the current divide that has led to the government shut down, I am reminded of a 1994 visit I made to a German refugee center where immigrants from the former Soviet bloc with some minimal German … Continue reading

Republicans Are Losing the Post Election
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Republicans Are Losing the Post Election

Republicans Are Losing The Post Election February 17, 2013 For a political party, there is nothing good about losing an election. At the same time, there is little utility in the second kick of a mule, so how a party responds to a loss can be as important as how it waged the election in … Continue reading

Return of the Kamikaze Congress (HuffPost)
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Return of the Kamikaze Congress (HuffPost)

Return of the Kamikaze Congress Dec. 29, 2012 Comment on Site http://www.huffingtonpost.com/bennet-kelley/return-of-the-kamikaze-co_b_2374656.html The Miami Herald responded to House Republicans’ intransigence by noting “[p]artisanship and precipice met in the U.S. House of Representatives yesterday, and the Republican majority leapt into the abyss.” Similarly, the Detroit Free Press explained that the vote was a victory only for … Continue reading

Romney and the Calamitous Republicans
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Romney and the Calamitous Republicans

Romney and the Calamitous Republicans Democratic Underground September 24, 2012 The media is abuzz over what appears to be the implosion of the Romney campaign, with leading Republicans offering scathing “pre-eulogies” such as Peggy Noonan’s statement that the Romney campaign is a “rolling calamity”. Such a focus on the individual candidate’s tactical ineptitude obscures the … Continue reading

Debt Ceiling 101: Five Things You Should Know
Barack Obama / Budget Cuts / Bush Tax Cuts / Reagan Deification / Republican Congress / Supply-Side Economics

Debt Ceiling 101: Five Things You Should Know

Debt Ceiling 101:  Five Things You Should Know By Bennet Kelley July 9, 2011 While Los Angeles braces for the upcoming Carmageddon, the sense of horror felt over not being able to use 10 miles of freeway for a weekend is amplified by the fact that those who somehow manage to survive will face yet … Continue reading

Year of Living Dangerously Part II
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Year of Living Dangerously Part II

Year of Living Dangerously Part II: Responding to Tucson’s Day of Terror January 11, 2011 Last March I posted a column “Amercia’s Year of Living Dangerously” in reaction to the deterioration of our political debate “from rancorous to poisonous” and the acts of political violence against Democrats such as Gabrielle Giffords following passage of Health … Continue reading

2010 Elections / Republican Congress / Republican Obstructionism / Supply-Side Economics / Tax Cut Dogma

Stonewall Shelby and the Party of “NO”

Stonewall Shelby and the Party of “NO” February 7, 2010 As Washington is paralyzed by the “snowpocalypse,” images of the city’s majestic monuments in a sea of white snow bring back fond memories of my years there. Eventually Mother Nature or the D.C. government will clear away the snow, but even then Washington will remain … Continue reading