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Thank God for big, faceless corporations

North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory is scrambling to rescue his career. In an election year he should have known better than to sign a mindbogglingly stupid bill aimed at intimidating gays and lesbians. Republican Governors in such progressive strongholds as

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Posted in Neo-Confederate, Religious Right, Uncategorized

Remembering the GOP before the Neo-Confederates

We have largely come to accept that our political parties are ideologically driven and geographically aligned. Yet, only a short time ago these stark divisions did not exist. The 1994 wave election marked the beginning of a Neo-Confederate renaissance that

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Posted in Election 2016, Neo-Confederate

Did Ted Cruz just lock up the nomination?

Ted Cruz is officially the most hated man in Washington. His effort to hijack the budget deal was doomed from the start, but that didn’t deter him from engineering a high-profile political stunt to obstruct the process and gain a

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Posted in Election 2016, Neo-Confederate, Republican Party

How Protestant Evangelicals shifted their abortion stance

Jamelle Bouie had a great piece at Slate last week explaining the long strange journey of Protestant Evangelicals from pressing for the expansion of abortion rights to vehement opposition to nearly every aspect of women’s reproductive choices. Bouie correctly identifies

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Posted in Civil Rights, Neo-Confederate, Race, Religious Right, Reproductive Rights, Republican Party

How Fundamentalists and Libertarians Buried the Hatchet

Rand Paul is an unlikely fundamentalist hero.  He was a rebel in his days at deeply religious Baylor University, apparently forming some sort of half-sarcastic, anti-religious student group.  He’s a libertarian who quotes Ayn Rand and hasn’t denied his past

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Posted in Libertarian, Neo-Confederate, Political Theory, Religious Right, Republican Party, Tea Party

The Very First Tea Party Speech

The Tea Party movement plainly has roots in earlier political trends, but it’s tough to pinpoint a seminal moment, a spark out of which this ideology of tribal rage took its modern form.  By accident over the weekend I think

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Posted in Neo-Confederate, Race, Tea Party

Hamilton vs. Jefferson

When General Lee handed Ulysses S. Grant his surrender and my ancestors went home in defeat, there was reason to believe that one of the great unresolved conflicts over the meaning of the American experiment had been laid to a bloody

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Posted in Neo-Confederate, Political Theory

The Republican Dilemma on a Map

The Republican Party’s most electable candidate starts this race trailing Obama by only a few points in national polls.  That seems like a promising development until you look at the map.  At this point the most likely outcome of the

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Posted in Election 2012, Neo-Confederate, Republican Party, Tea Party

Libertarian until Graduation

See that line there moving through the station? I told you, I told you, I told you – I was one of those Leonard Cohen, First We Take Manhattan The images of college students thronging to Ron Paul campaign events

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Posted in Economics, Libertarian, Neo-Confederate
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