• I was pleasantly surprised by this news, and I hope the State Supreme Court upholds this decision. The only problem is we have no candidate worth a damn with or without Rahm. Worse times ahead for Chicago.

  • I’m not surprised people aren’t talking about “the enormous class war” because it has been going on for over 45 years (if you take the long view it’s been over 130 years). The main problem is people have defined class warfare in this country as an attack against the wealthy instead of an attack by the wealthy against everyone else. Thus, a good chunk of the voters decide to protect the aggressors and the rest vote to fight back only to protect them anyway.

  • Oh I wasn’t even talking about media (which is a joke since they’re all owned by the corporations with direct ties to other industries screwing things up). My comment was considering the people I know who argue with me about my being unrealistic and too demanding. I consider these folks to be too holding on too tightly to this idea that change can really happen with the falling political participation of the left wing, the absence of any powerful left wingers on Capital Hill, and the ever rising troubles in our federal system. I consider myself a democratic socialist and so of course any conversation I have with my centrist friends eventually results in my views being dismissed with “well you’re talking about socialism, which isn’t what we’re talking about”. I really just wish that more people would talk about politics in a major way. No more squabbling over names and highly volatile but already decided issues like abortion. Just focus on what problems are occurring right now, why it’s happening, and what we can and should do to change it.

  • Yep, and the best part are the moderate liberals and the centrists who claim that the things that have “gone our way” are signs of incremental change. Things like the attempt at health care reform and the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell should not be viewed as incremental change. They should be viewed as minor concessions to prevent the entire liberal base from crucifying the administration in the next election. Of course because nobody gives honest left wing politicians a shot at the Presidency and the GOP seems to be riding the wave of angry anti-everything voters I doubt we will see anything approaching real positive changes in the next decade at least.

  • The problem here is that people actually thought Obama was going to deliver massive changes. When campaigning he seemed to be channeling Lincoln, FDR, JFK,and RFK. The moment I recognized that during the primaries I knew 2 things: first, that he would win the election and second, that there wasn’t a chance in hell he would deliver. Seems to me that if he was truly going to accomplish “change we can believe in” he wouldn’t have started by catering to the usual Washington way of doing business. He said there would be open hearings, no meetings behind closed doors, and that legislation would be available for public viewing to allow people to read and decide if they supported the laws. Instead we got backroom deals, an administration that is actively trying to silence a major whistleblower publisher as well as arresting whistleblowers, and record profits for the insurance and financial sectors. If this is “Change We Can Believe In” I’d hate to see the changes we can’t believe in.