Tale of Two Freshmen

Abigail Spanberger and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez both came to Washington with 2018 “Blue Wave” election, both were re-elected in 2020, but they each went public with very different takes on the 2020 election results. Who’s right? Both of them?

Leftist or Liberal?

Published October 26, 2019 in Warp & Woof Leftist or Liberal? Where Do You Fit? William Sundwick Modern liberalismgoes back a long way. Let’s start with John Locke in the 17thcentury. He came up with the idea that governments exist to serve the needs of the people. Obvious to us now, but directly opposed toContinue reading “Leftist or Liberal?”

Link from Vox

 This one fits both “The Future” and “The Past” … good piece from Vox.com, in their “The Big Idea” series. Neoliberalism defined and explained. In short: it’s the economic/political philosophy which replaced the New Deal-to-Great Society philosophy that many of us oldsters associate with the “traditional” Democratic Party. It values free markets and capitalism farContinue reading “Link from Vox”

Making of a Lefty

Published June 17, 2017 in Warp & Woof Making of a Lefty Populism Isn’t Only for the Right William Sundwick Things have changed in American politics over the last hundred years. In 1917, there was a Democratic Party that had embraced the soul of the Progressive Era (started by Republicans), seemingly dedicated to a “FairContinue reading “Making of a Lefty”

Link from The Hill

Bernie Sanders’ main strength has always been that “I” next to his name, that’s why he re-registered as Independent after the primary. Dem apparatchiks who think that hurts him as spiritual leader of party don’t understand American political dynamics … future belongs to left, get ppl off their sofas to vote, don’t waste time tryingContinue reading “Link from The Hill”