Author: Andrew Figueiredo

G(ouging)O(ur)P(oor)

Many activists are upset with the GOPs moves on healthcare and the budget.
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The 1956 Republican Party platform calls for “reductions in taxes with particular consideration for low and middle income families,” brags about Eisenhower’s minimum wage increases, and calls for the strengthening of programs like social security. The 1950s and 1960s were…

Distract, Deceive, Repeat

Current Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, a longtime Trump backer, communicated with the Russian government despite his denials.
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Last Saturday, President Donald Trump sent out perhaps one of the strangest tweets of his presidency thus far. He alleged (somehow misspelling “tap” in the process) that former President Obama had tapped the phones at Trump Tower to gain campaign…

After the Vote-A Unified DNC

Tom Perez, now DNC chair, addresses a crowd.
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From Saturday’s Democratic National Committee leadership vote, my favourite chair candidate, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, emerged not as a victor in his race, but as a rising Democratic star with higher stock. The main two candidates, Tom Perez and Keith Ellison…

Mayor Pete for the DNC

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The much-heralded Democratic National Committee chairperson race comes to a close this weekend as national committee members vote for a new chair to replace Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who stepped down last year. A number of high-profile contenders are in the…

The Blue Tea Party

In 2009 and 2010, the right wing Tea Party movement quickly gained traction.
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In 2009, Rick Santelli’s epic CNBC rant on the floor of the Chicago stock exchange lambasting President Obama’s mortgage relief contained the legendary line “We’re thinking of having a Chicago tea party in July.” This single sentence precipitated a right-wing political…

How Not to Fight Trump

Protests turned violent at UC-Berkeley.
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A few days ago, I was scrolling through tweets and came across a number of references to this news story. Recently, a middle school student in St Louis was physically attacked on a bus by other students because he wore…

Arise, Anti-Trump Christians

Can faith make American democracy stronger?
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In February, Donald Trump posted on his Facebook page “Let me be clear—I am pro-life”. This looked to many like an effort to reach out to Christian voters, especially after displaying his ignorance about faith issues (2 Corinthians, anybody?). Partly…

Power to the Ignorant

Donald Trump promised to clean house, but is he endagering the US with his cabinet picks?
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Demos kratos – Greek for democracy, or rule by the people. Res publica – Latin for public affair, referring to a state that represents the people. The classical civilizations seemed optimistic enough in their structural experiments that they failed to come up…

Missing Joe Biden

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Outgoing (it pains me deeply to write that) Vice President Biden once stated, “Failure at some point in your life is inevitable, but giving up is unforgivable”. If anybody lived out that mantra, it was our vice president, and for…