Muslims and guns

In the wake of Orlando, let's talk about guns, rights, and social policy.Rights are not given or guaranteed by the Constitution.We like to pretend that they are, or that rights exist and must be protected and asserted to stop others from taking them away. But rights don't exist - they are given, by society. Society decides if you have rights or do not. Alternatively, rights only exist when they are imposed with the power of the State - for example, civil rights were only finally … [Read more...]

The media should boycott Trump

Trump has cancelled the press credentials of the Washington Post:Donald Trump said Monday that he is "revoking" the Washington Post's press access at his campaign events, calling the newspaper "phony and dishonest." In a Facebook post, the presumptive GOP nominee attributed the decision to the newspaper's "incredibly inaccurate coverage" of him.https://www.facebook.com/DonaldTrump/posts/10157164046265725That headline was the result of an interview Trump gave to Fox News on Monday … [Read more...]

I’m with her, I suppose

and here's the car magnet I made to say so.Want one? Only $4.99 from Cafepress - Show your lukewarm support today! … [Read more...]

Thoughts on Bernie fighting on

What an amazing speech by Bernie Sanders. What struck me the most was that he focused on Trump - to such an extent that I thought he was going to concede the race to Clinton!Our campaign from Day 1 has understood some very basic points, and that is first, we will not allow right-wing Republicans to control our government. And that is especially true with Donald Trump as the Republican candidate. The American people in my view will never support a candidate whose major theme is bigotry. Who … [Read more...]

No, Hillary Clinton did not clinch the Democratic nomination today

The news media is filling with stories about how Hillary has officially clinched the nomination as of June 6th 2016, but this assumes that the superdelegate votes are locked in. Of course, it is unlikely that most of the supers will change their vote, but they have not voted yet. The twitter group People4Bernie sent out the following graphic just moments ago that beautifully summarizes the issue:The short version is, that Hillary has 1809 delegates to Bernie's 1528, and they need to … [Read more...]

Muhammad Ali’s jihad

I have seen so many amazing photos, videos, and quotes from Muhammad Ali in the past 12 hours that it's impossible to curate even a fraction of them, but this quote is perhaps the one I personally feel is most relevant to the political sphere today:Why should they ask me to put on a uniform and go 10,000 miles from home and drop bombs and bullets on Brown people in Vietnam while so-called Negro people in Louisville are treated like dogs and denied simple human rights? No I'm not going 10,000 … [Read more...]

Marco Rubio: compares moderate Muslims to Nazis

How is Trump any worse than the "establishment" Republicans? Consider Rubio's interview on This Week ABC, past November: STEPHANOPOULOS: You saw Secretary Clinton there did not want to use the words "radical Islam."Your response?RUBIO: I think that's -- I don't understand it. That would be like saying we weren't at war with the Nazis, because we were afraid to offend some Germans who may have been members of the Nazi Party, but weren't violent themselves. Rubio's analogy here … [Read more...]

Sorry, Mummy and Abba. I’m feelin’ the Bern.

This is a guest post by Fatema Biviji.Sorry, Mummy and Abba, I know I promised that I would support Hillary after Obama had his shot. I know that the Clinton era brought us the best of times, and I can't forget the joy on your face, Abba, when President Bill Clinton replied to your letter.But with Bernie comes a unique opportunity for America to return to a fairer way of doing politics. He's the statement we need to make for Washington to know that we have truly had it with big … [Read more...]

the long game

Muslima Jedi and Brass Crescent Award winner Linda Sarsour has sage advice about the long game for voting strategy, especially as it applies to the Muslim American community: Yes, I understand that there are some who have dedicated their lives to Palestinian liberation or healthcare reform, or ending mass incarceration or cancer research or reproductive rights. These are all important issues but it is dangerous to vote single-issue or not vote because none of the candidates have a comprehensive … [Read more...]

The GOP’s epistemic implosion

Nancy LeTourneau at Political Animal illustrates the impotence of the RNC, in no small part because of the Citizens' United ruling, which allowed the proliferation of Super PACs and enabled candidates like Cruz and Trump to dominate establishment picks like Rubio and Jeb. Of course, the GOP blames Obama/Hillary. However,at some point, this ‚Äúparty of personal responsibility‚ÄĚ really needs to look at themselves and realize that it was the embrace of post-policy obstruction based on fear mon … [Read more...]