government and moral authority: “Of, By, and For”

The rhetoric of the past 30 years of the Conservative Era has led to a profound cynicism about the role of Government as an entity for the common good. The very concept of "Of the People, By the People, For the People" has been replaced with "get off my lawn". The irony is that this modern conservative mantra of hatred against "big" government (even though government is the smallest it has ever been, and Democrat Administration preside over larger cuts to the size of Government than do … [Read more...]

Wisconsin recall aftermath: democracy wins

We get knocked down, but we get up again. They're never gonna keep us down

The recall is over, and Scott Walker won. 2.4 million people voted, which was a historic, record turnout, far exceeding 2010 numbers (2.1m) though still short of the turnout for the presidential election in 2008 (2.8m).One of the enduring chants heard by the Wisconsin protesters was, "This what democracy looks like." That was always true, irrespective of the outcome of the recall election. Had Tom Barrett prevailed last night, there would have been well-deserved triumphalism on the part of … [Read more...]

On, Wisconsin!

june 5

Today is a historic day for Wisconsin, and the country: the first recall election in the post-Citizens United world. I will have commentary about the significance of the election itself tomorrow, but for today I just want to say: GET OUT AND VOTE! Participate in this amazing exercise of democracy, no matter what side of the fence you are on.If you're liberal like myself, and prefer a Governor who isn't under criminal investigation for corruption, please vote for Tom Barrett for Governor … [Read more...]