72% of Americans Disapprove of Republican Party…but it’s Set to Take Control of Both Houses of Congress Anyway posted on The Christian Left, Facebook, September 13, 2014 from AllGov.com
…Amid the jumble of timely issues, a funny thing actually happened: Almost all of them became less important to Americans. A new poll from CNN/Opinion Research, in fact, shows not one issue is seen as “extremely important” by a majority of Americans — the first time that’s happened since before the recession. Just three years ago, three different issues were seen as extremely important by a majority of Americans: the economy, the deficit and health care…. And that makes messaging in the 2014 election — as well as predicting what happens — particularly difficult. 2014: The election about nothing? By Aaron Blake , Washington Post, July 25
The 2014 election is about saving democracy
The only way back toward a democracy and economy that work for the majority is for most of us to get politically active once again, becoming organized and mobilized. We have to establish a new countervailing power. The monied interests are doing what they do best – making money. The rest of us need to do what we can do best – use our voices, our vigor, and our votes. The Disease of American Democracy by Robert Reich, Common Dreams, August 20, 2014
A shattering new study by two political science professors has found that ordinary Americans have virtually no impact whatsoever on the making of national policy in our country. The analysts found that rich individuals and business-controlled interest groups largely shape policy outcomes in the United States. This study should be a loud wake-up call to the vast majority of Americans who are bypassed by their government. To reclaim the promise of American democracy, ordinary citizens must act positively to change the relationship between the people and our government…Ordinary citizens are themselves partly to blame, however, because they do not choose to vote…If only they vote and organize, ordinary Americans can reclaim American democracy and challenge the politicians who still echo the view of old Vanderbilt that the public should be damned. Who rules America? By Allan J. Lichtman, The Hill, August 12, 2014
Election 2014 – Anything can happen
Will Americans Set a New Record for Political Apathy in 2014? by Joshua Holland, BillMoyers.com, July 23, 2014
Republicans’ Senate Chances Rise Slightly to 60 Percent, Data Show By Amanda Cox and Josh Katz, New York Times, JULY 27, 2014
… you still have to give the edge to the GOP. But it is a surprisingly narrow and tenuous advantage in a year when some analysts were predicting a wave election in favor of Republicans…Democrats have an uphill fight, even if it’s not nearly as steep as the GOP hoped. To hold the Senate, segments of the Democratic coalition who often skip midterm elections — African Americans, Latinos, younger voters — will have to turn out. And polls show that Republicans maintain an edge in enthusiasm…The wave has failed to materialize By Eugene Robinson Opinion writer, Washington Post, September 1, 2014
Kansas Democrat Withdraws From U.S. Senate Race, Upending Contest By Janet Hook and Mark Peters, Wall Street Journal, Sept. 3, 2014 – Move Could Boost Independent Challenger Vying for Incumbent GOP Sen. Pat Roberts’ Seat
Eric Cantor’s Opponent Beat Him By Calling Out GOP Corruption by Lee Fang, Republic Report posted on billmoyers.com, June 11, 2014
Culture wars – Race
The Spirit That Drove Us to Civil War Is Back by Andy Schmookler, Huffington Post, 09/02/2014 …the force that drove us to Civil War more than a century and a half ago, and the force that has taken over the Republican Party in our times…In both cases, we see an elite insisting on their “liberty,” by which they mean the freedom to dominate… the use of the structures of American democracy was combined with a contempt for the democratic values that inspired our founders… the idea of compromise became a dirty word, as the inflamed insistence on getting everything one’s own way took hold of the inflamed side…the powerful elite in the grip of that destructive force refused to accept that in a democracy sometimes you win and sometimes you lose, and sometimes you have to accept being governed by a duly-elected president you don’t like. Today’s Republicans have done everything they could to nullify the presidency of Barack Obama, whom the American people duly elected twice. Like no other opposition party in American history, they have refused to accept the temporary minority status to which American voters have consigned them. Blocking the president from performing the function for which the people hired him has been their top priority.
The New American Segregation by Mark Sandlin, co-founder of The Christian Left, Patheos, July 22, 2014 …fat cats convince people who understand themselves to be Christian to support the politicians and policies that will ensure the rich get richer…We need to learn to see it for what it really is…There are “Two Americas”: the Plutocrat Overlords and The Rest of Us. It’s time to focus our genuine and understandable disdain solely on the real enemy — the wealthy Plutocrats and their political henchmen — and stop taking it out on each other…we must vote and when we vote, there must be only one issue that influences our vote: what the candidate’s voting record is on supporting the continued wealth grab by those who already have plenty of it. It is time to take a stand — to do otherwise is to concede defeat, — and that’s what they are counting on.
The Poisonous Racism Driving Violence in Ferguson and the Rest of America By Joe Conason, AlterNet, August 20, 2014
Economic justice – class wars
The class war in American politics is over. The rich won. By Nick Carnes, September 3, 2014 1) Our political institutions are packed with rich people 2) Yes, the big problems do divide America by class 3) Rich politicians tend to support policies that rich people like 4) It’s getting harder for lower-income and working-class people to influence our political institutions from the outside 5) Money and power is good at protecting money and power …reforms ask politicians who are succeeding in the current political system to change that system so they’re less likely to succeed in it. That’s the reality of the political “class war”: the only people left to fight it are from the class that already won it.
How the New Monopoly Capitalism Will Crush You to Smithereens By Lynn Stuart Parramore, AlterNet, August 14, 2014
What Has President Obama Done? Here’s a List of 253 Accomplishments, with Citations It’s 2014, and once again, we have a very important election ahead of us. Yet, there are a lot of very loud progressives who have done nothing but complain since President Obama was inaugurated five and a half years ago. No, he’s not perfect. Adults don’t expect perfection. Bu when they claim that he’s no progressive, well, that’s just an outright lie….one reason Republicans took back the House was because Obama was a “disappointment,” and Democrats were “spineless.” Four years later, we progressives have a chance to reverse our incredible screw-up, and still; many progressives prefer to complain about the imperfection of Democrats than to work to get rid of the right wing GOP.
Real Christianity vs. Whatever The Heck It Is Conservatives Actually Follow By Allen Clifton, forwardprogressives.com, August 31, 2014
Right wing extremism
In Leaked Tape Mitch McConnell Admits The Koch Brothers Are Running The Republican Party By Jason Easley, PoliticusUSA, August, 27, 2014
Why Today’s Right-Wingers Surpass Wingers of the Past By Bill Moyers, Bill Moyers.com, July 26, 2014
New Study: Republicans Lie More Than Democrats by: Dan Arel, The Center for Media and Public Affairs, August 5, 2014
None Dare Call It Treason By Richard Reeves, Truthdig.com, Aug 6, 2014
Failure of the mainstream media – right wing media
False facts and the conservative distortion machine: It’s much more than just Fox News Paul Rosenberg, Salon.Com, Aug 18, 2014
Fox News is Tearing Us Apart: Race Baiting and Divisiveness Hits a Disgusting New Low By Paul Rosenberg, Salon, posted on Alternet.org, August 29, 2014 …today’s conservative media were unlike anything in existence in 1992…white victimization — and thus rallying around victim/heroes — is the cornerstone of Fox News’ programming, even as it’s embraced the ideology that racism has been eradicated (never mind the actual facts, and concluded that the real racists are those who still talk about race…There has been a clear strategic calculation here among Republican elites. Better to leverage or at least accept the racism of much of the Republican base than try to clean it up…almost 50 years after Nixon first launched his “Southern Strategy,” …
Right-Wing Militias Are Thriving — and the Media Won’t Talk About It by Paul Rosenberg, Salon, posted on Alternet.org, July 22, 2014