Paul Ryan: When a Republican does not look like a demon to progressives

Wouldn’t it be nice if all of our political stereotypes were affirmed with every individual? You know, for progressives it would be easy if every Republican was gun-toting, uneducated, war-mongering, angry and generally uncouth. Without naming names, there are plenty of such types to go around. And before we go any further, progressives must keep…

Teaching the reality of climate change, one classroom at a time

You wouldn’t think that it would be controversial for a journalism professor to come to high schools in the Midwest to discuss his reporting on current issues in science. And it wasn’t. Justin Catanoso, director of the journalism program at chair of the Wake Forest University, came to St. Louis the week of April 25.…

MO legislator wants names of women who’ve had an abortion

If you had an abortion in Missouri between 2010 and 2015, you’re on Missouri State Senator Kurt Schaefer’s hit list. Schaefer, a Republican, demanded that  Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region turn over the list. He made the same demand of a St. Louis-area pathologist. Schaefer’s excuse? He’s “investigating” those already-proven-bogus allegations that Planned…

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Trump’s rise: How “legitimate” people and institutions become enablers

Don’t kid yourself: With help from people and institutions viewed by the voting public as “legitimate,” Donald Trump could win. Many mistakes of omission have been made as Donald Trump has surged toward the Republican nomination: The Republican party didn’t take him seriously; Democrats laughed; the mainstream media treated him as an entertaining ratings booster;…

Donald Trump and the Evangelical Industrial Complex

Republicans tend to believe that the bulwark of their strength comes from those people who are very conservative, which includes the millions of Evangelical Christians in the United States. In order to appeal to these groups, Republicans do, used to take on the mantle of what linguist George Lakoff has called “the stern father image.”…

The case for the Sanders revolution

Bernie Sanders is calling for a political revolution. Is there evidence to demonstrate that his “revolution” is needed? And why is the Sanders revolution proving to be more attractive to some voters than Hillary Clinton’s focus on “improving what he have?” There is considerable evidence in the FY 2017 budget that President Obama just submitted…

Survey: Democrats and Republicans want different kinds of leaders

Which two of the following characteristics best describes the kind of leader that you would want for the country? [You must select two]: A warrior, fearless and strong An intellectual who is knowledgeable and who reasons well A person who is thoughtful and caring with who he or she is Someone who will not back…