Category Archives: Democray

We Didn’t Run Out of Stones

We didn’t leave the Stone Age because we ran out of stones. We found a “better way” to do things. We can find better ways but it will take all of us committing to DO SOMETHING to shake off the paralysis that currently grips us. Continue reading

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A Time To Remember The Origins Of Bernie 2016

Jim Hightower once referred to Bernie Sanders as “Tim Carpenter with a Brooklyn accent and a Senate seat.” As Bernie 2016 rightfully gains in popularity and poll numbers, now is a good time to remember the origins of all of this. Without Tim Carpenter and Progressive Democrats of America (PDA) starting the idea of “Run Bernie Run” there wouldn’t be this wonderful political revolution happening. Things of this nature don’t “just happen.” There are people who had the wisdom to see the future and believe in the possibilities. Tim Carpenter was such a man. Continue reading

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July 4, 2015: We Are Once Again Called To Reclaim Our Democracy

A great Jesuit once asked, “Where is it we think our dead have gone? Do we think they remain buried in the ground, or is their spirit alive with us today?” There can be little argument that Bernie Sanders’ stop in Madison, Wisconsin on July 1, 2015 reverberates with the message of “Fighting Bob” La Follette and his speech from July 4, 1897. Continue reading

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Bernie’s Strength & Appeal: He Really Listens To Us

Bernie Sanders “official” announcement yesterday in front of approximately 5,000 enthusiastic supporters in Vermont that he is running for President of the United States has been analyzed from dozens of political directions. Yet, there was one thing that struck me … Continue reading

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Bernie Buzz: Sanders Will Re-Frame Our Political Conversations

Sen. Bernie Sanders’ announcement that he is seeking the Democratic Party’s 2016 Presidential nomination means that We The People now have a voice working to reframe the issues of our day and to remind us that democracy belongs to all of us not just the billionaire class. Continue reading

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Paul Tsongas: A Journey of Purpose

“I will die someday. All of us will die someday. And we will be judged by those whom we have left behind. Much of that judgment will not be kind. That is a prospect each of us must confront separately. But as a nation, as a society, as a political culture, we face that judgment together. And we, more than any generation in American history, will fail that test if we do not mend our ways.” That from former Senator Paul Tsongas in 1995. A look back at the all too shortened life of a man who learned to create a life of purpose in the time given to him. Continue reading

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Will It Take A Constitutional Amendment To Stop Voter Suppression?

Congressman Keith Ellison (DFL-MN) and his colleague Mark Pocan (D-WI) have introduced a bill which would amend the U.S. Constitution to explicitly guarantee the right to vote for American citizens. Read more how these two are fighting back against voter suppression in this, the 50th anniversary of the passing of the Voting Rights Act. Continue reading

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Henry A. Wallace: The ‘What Ifs’ Are Inescapable

Find out more about Henry A. Wallace, a wisdom voice lost to history. He came within an eyelash of being president, but lost out to political bickering to retain his spot as vice president on FDR’s 1944 re-election ticket. Wallace envisioned a post-war world built on peace as well as economic and social justice. Of course, these views made him too “controversial” for those already in power. Continue reading

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Forgetting Our Land Grant Colleges History: Government Does Make Education Work For All Its People

We have forgotten that our Founding Fathers and Abraham Lincoln knew that federal and state supported public education was the lifeblood of the nation. We look back on the founding of the time-honored tradition of the land grant colleges. We ask those who think the world began with them, who do you think educated those who educated those who educated you? Continue reading

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‘The Boundaries Of The University Shall Be The Boundaries Of The State’: A Lesson Wisconsin and Scott Walker Forgot

Most people knew that Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker would attack public education after his re-election in 2014, but his $300M cuts to one of the premier research institution is stunning by any measure. The privatization of public education is happening at record speed. How and why did we lose sight of the fact that PUBLIC education benefits all of us. Our heart bleeds for the University of Wisconsin and others facing the same fate. Continue reading

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