Who Gets To Vote?

Two hundred thirty-eight years ago today America was born. Under the shadow of the American Revolution a nation of promise and hope was created. Then it happened: the Second Continental Congress restricted the right to vote to white, free, male landowners, over the age of 21. That was the start of our nation’s still bumpy [...]

More Farm Bill Follies: Boehner & Company

This just in from The Rural Blog: House leaders look for ways to help farm-district members after blocking floor vote on Farm Bill “Having blocked the pending five-year Farm Bill, House Republican leaders now appear to be racing ahead of their own Agriculture Committee to come up with some alternative to protect the party’s farm [...]

Romancing Rural Votes…

The race is on for rural America’s support come November. Both campaigns have just about four months to woo voters in America’s non-metro areas. And both sides have specific campaign messages to induce small town and rural constituents to cast a ballot their way. Former Massachusetts Governor Romney has been making the rounds, flipping flapjacks [...]

Palin the Beauty Pageant Contestant

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson Jimmy Zuma bases his blog, Smart v. Stupid on the premise that Today’s battle for power is between smart and stupid. His political commentary, he says, is “aimed at elevating smart ideas and debunking dumb ones.”  This much I got from an e-mail newsletter that came my way. I don’t agree [...]

The Real Reagan Legacy

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson I know it’s bad form to say anything negative about the dead, but I’m going to forget that while I draw a line from Ronald Reagan to today’s Republican party. Follow me and you’ll see how Reagan’s legacy is the permission assumed by present-era Republican officials and would-be officials to mangle [...]

Delicious Satire

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson Are you up for a delicious bite of satire?  Try this, from Slate. Field of Greens The dreaded broccoli uprising and other freaky GOP nightmares. by Dahlia Lithwick When the socialist revolution comes, the first shot will not come from filthy peasants bearing flaming torches or angry, poorly dressed workers demanding [...]

Barack Obama as Charlie Brown

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson One of the recurring themes in “Peanuts,” Charles Schultz’s deliciously amusing cartoon, involved Lucy persuading Charlie Brown over and over again to kick a football she’d hold for him.  The hapless little boy would come at a run, give it his all, and at the last minute Lucy would pull the [...]

What They Say / What They Mean

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson Let it be known at the outset that here I will be talking about radical Republicans and their enablers and not everyone who is registered to vote or self-identified as a Republican. It’s easy to stick labels on people, especially when stress trumps nuance, as it does in these times. But [...]

Really Trying

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson These days I’m finding it unusually hard to stay in touch with one of my core beliefs — that there is something sacred within every living creature. I always have that problem with mosquitoes and black flies — and ants, but only when they get into my kitchen. Outside, I admire [...]