The only way to handle a fascist uprising is to crush them so thoroughly they cannot rise again.

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“A good plan executed right now is far better than a perfect plan executed next week.” -Gen. George S. Patton

This week we watched as, bearing tarnished and altered versions of the American flag and the flag of their king Trump, rioters and insurrectionists assaulted the seat of American power at the U.S. Capitol. …


The Christian case for Progressive Government

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Growing up in the Church can leave many scarred and traumatized by the enactment of the Word of God. It can also cause deep conflicts within our own faith, and how that faith intersects with other parts of our lives. As the progressive, openly bisexual son of a pastor, I understand that conflict in a very real and meaningful way. As I write this, my more progressive readers and those within the LGBTQ community will find some things in here that may bring some of those feelings and traumas back to the surface. It…


How I became a Progressive after being a Tea Party Conservative

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We’ve all been there. You were sitting at your computer, looking at your pay stub, and you got angry about taxes. You wondered what your money could possibly be doing in Washington. Maybe you turned on the news that night and saw the latest campaign finance violation, or the bill written by lobbyists that could generously be described as lining the pockets of those who never even had to look at their paychecks. Maybe it was the healthcare debate in 2008 and 2009, in the midst of the TARP…


The President has one in the chamber, and he’s pointing it at Democracy.

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As the walls close in on President Trump, his behavior becomes more and more unhinged.

The President of the United States went back to the White House on Monday.

Five years ago, you’d have read that sentence and you might have thought it was a silly thing to note. Of course the President went back to the White House on Monday, that’s his home. But in the age of Trump, it was a full news event. Why? Because the President tacitly admitted by his actions that he cannot protect the American public any more than he can protect himself. The President caught…


The incompatibility of the evangelical political movement and democratic society

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“Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” -Hebrews 11:1

I’m not a religious man. I don’t go to church on Sundays anymore, and I don’t pray to a Christian god, but I grew up in the teachings of the church. I was baptized in evangelicalism and confirmed in a fervent Christian faith which developed ultra-conservative politics for the first 23 years of my life. I was an evangelical conservative. I was staunchly against gay marriage, despite wrestling with my own sexuality. I was…


When they go low, we punch them in the mouth.

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I learned of the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg as I sat down to the table with my parents and wife to celebrate my wife’s birthday. My parents, staunch conservatives, did not react to the news of Justice Ginsburg’s death at all. Shockingly, neither did my wife, who idolized the liberal lioness of the Supreme Court from the time before I knew her. Like many, I believe it was shock that led to the lack of a reaction.

I was not shocked, I was immediately panicked. I had to…


How are we supposed to civilly debate those who threaten basic rights and freedoms?

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This is a rebuke of this Op/Ed from FluenceMedia CEO Blois Olson, a Minneapolis entrepreneur, posted by the Minneapolis Star-Tribune on August 19th, 2020.

I want to begin by saying that the cries for civility are often well-intentioned pleas from the middle, begging for peace. …


What’s next for progressives?

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Joe Biden has a lot on his hands. He’s taking on a wannabe-dictator leading an army of sycophants whose strategies are not only anti-democratic, but they are also totalitarian in nature. His strategy to this point has been to try and reunite the country, promising broad changes that make government focused on the middle class and average Americans more than on corporate donors and lobbyists with endless piles of money. His vision for the country has ties to every wing of the Party, and some to what many believed the other party used to stand for…


To beat Republicans, Democrats must not show any mercy or grace in victory.

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If Joe Biden wins on November 3rd, if he becomes the 46th President of the United States, there are 20 years of work to do in order to undo the damage done to our nation by its 45th President’s maladministration. It will take focus, determination, and a roadmap plan for a time beyond the remainder of Biden’s time in office, and perhaps beyond the remainder of his life. It will need leaders groomed and built to remember this time and to remind us why they were brought…


Schools being reopened is not only a question of disease, but logistics.

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Rightfully, the coronavirus is dominating the conversation around schools reopening this fall. The questions of the things outside of “normal” that need to be done to make them safe are being asked, and answers are being attempted. Everyone has their hand raised with a different solution. “Distance learning” is often floated, but its ineffectiveness with large numbers of students was demonstrated earlier this year. Parents with full-time jobs returning to work as the economy sputters open and shut are also concerned with the ramifications of distance learning, especially…

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