The GOP Is Now Bragging About Voter Suppression

(Photo: Beanbag Amerika; Edited: LW / TO) Voting, Thomas Paine once said, “is the beating heart of democracy.” It’s what makes our democracy possible. Without it, Paine said, “man would be reduced to slavery.” It’s for this very reason, of course, that conservatives have worked since the founding of our republic to make it harder or downright impossible for people who are not part of the political and economic elite to vote. This conservative war on voting has taken on a number of different forms, Jim Crow being just the most obvious example, but it has always been based on one simple idea: conservatives lose elections when more people vote, and win elections when fewer people vote. As American Legislative Exchange Council founder and Reagan advisor Paul Weyrich put it back in 1980, “our leverage in the elections… goes up as the voting populace goes down.” This has been […] Read More

The FBI Just Gave Hillary The Worst News Of Her Campaign!

The Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) just made a huge announcement about former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton… and it’s bad news for her presidential campaign! The FBI is now officially expanding their investigations into Hillary’s illegal use of a home email server to transmit classified intelligence. Expanding beyond breaking laws against “gross negligence” with national defense information, she is now being investigated for violating a federal law due to providing “materially false” information. The law is U.S. Code 18, Section 1001. Violations, which included pressuring a 3rd party to conspire in a cover-up, each come with a 5-year prison sentence! This is a game changer! As an unidentified intelligence source told a reporter, “The Agents involved are under a lot of pressure and are busting ass.” They are hot on Hillary Clinton’s trail, and even her supporters in the mainstream media can’t stop them. This is clearly a […] Read More

Big money — if not the GOP establishment — has been with Ted Cruz from the start

Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) is the first choice of three of this cycle’s top five contributors to outside groups so far. (AP Photo/Morry Gash) This piece was cross-posted with Moyers & Company.  Sen. Ted Cruz, effectively anointed by Jeb Bush this week as the Republican party’s last best hope to stop Donald Trump from becoming its presidential nominee, was emphatically not the standard bearer the GOP establishment had in mind at the beginning of this campaign. The brash Texas senator’s anti-Washington rhetoric – often aimed at leaders of his own party – made him a tea party favorite and has won him an impressive network of small donors. Contributors of $200 or less made up nearly 42 percent of the $66.2 million in individual contributions that Cruz has raised so far for his presidential campaign committee. These grassroots donors are the kind who have the committment to […] Read More

Insidious Path to Oligarchy

Evidence has mounted that the presidential election of 2000 was probably stolen by George W. Bush in the days leading up to and following voting on November 7, 2000. Now fifteen years later, there are three, whose fingerprints were all over the effort, now standing in positions of power – one has already been instrumental in changing the way elections are held, a process now more chaotic and less democratic. The other two are running for president as Republicans. Chief Justice John Roberts was in the thick of the contested election in Florida in 2000. He was a known and treasured legal mind for conservatives. He had served in Reagan’s Justice Department, and as Counsel to the President in the 1980s. He was a nominee of George H.W. Bush to the US Court of Appeals. When an automatic recount began on election night, kicked off by the closeness of […] Read More

Ted Cruz Isn’t an Idiot — He’s Delusional and That’s Far More Dangerous

For those who think like Cruz, there is virtually no amount of data, reality checks or facts that can persuade them to give up their false ideas. Since Ted Cruz first announced his candidacy, much has been made of his chances of winning, his arrogance and his extreme conservative views. But most of the controversy over his candidacy centers on his lying. It is no surprise to any of us that politicians lie. We generally assume they stretch the truth to get elected, to denigrate their political foes, and to bolster their images. But Cruz may just represent one of the biggest liars in recent history. In fact, he may be a whole new form of political liar. The Daily Beast reports that, “Cruz’s Politifact track record for publicly asserted falsehoods is the second-highest among front-runners, totaling 56 percent of all statements they’ve looked at.” And Matthew Rozsa tell us that “Googling ‘Ted Cruz lies’ pulls back an astonishing 7,890,000 results, and […] Read More

The GOP’s Coming Horror Show: Why the New Congress May Be Worse than You Think

>My advice: Get the popcorn ready! If there is one thing on which I wish I’d laid a bet over the past few years it’s that despite their successful strategy to make the economic recovery as weak as possible, the minute it started to substantially improve, the conservatives would be standing at the head of the line taking credit for it. It was as predictable as the sun coming up tomorrow that they would claim their obstructive tactics resulted in Morning in America. After all, it just rewarded them with a Republican majority in the Senate and enlarged their majority in the House so they must be on the right track, right? Still, the Beltway wags insist that the new class of Republicans are the grown-ups who are coming to town determined to prove they can “govern.” What they mean by governance is a little vague but is generally assumed to […] Read More

10 Reasons Why the Tea Party is So Unpopular

One-quarter of Republicans don’t think like them, Pew finds. Now that the federal government has reopened and its debt limit raised, the Tea Party is more unpopular with Americans than ever—including among moderate Republicans—polls are finding, with analysts asking if the Tea Party is part of the GOP at all. “The Tea Party is less popular than ever, with even many Republicans now viewing the movement negatively. Overall, nearly half of the public (49 percent) has an unfavorable opinion of the Tea Party, while 30 percent have a favorable opinion,” the Pew Research Center For People And The Press said in its latest poll and report. “For Republicans, the decline is steepest among those who describe themselves as moderate or liberal. Today, only about a quarter (27 percent) of moderate and liberal Republicans have a favorable opinion of the Tea Party movement, down 19 points from June,” Pew said, […] Read More