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A Farewell Toast to 2010 - It's About Time!

It began with Scott Brown winning Kennedy's seat.
& ended with Speaker Pelosi ceding to Speaker Boehner

The year gave us Senators Rand Paul, Pat Toomey, Marco Rubio
an emboldened Michele Bachmann, empowered Darrel Issa,
& Sarah Palin's televised trips in the wilds of Alaska
in between audience cameos at Dancing With The Stars.

The year saw more Wall Street bonuses, more foreclosures,
more state budget cuts, more long-term unemployment,
& ended with more wealth in the hands of the wealthiest.

The year delivered a distressing extension of Bush policies
from drone attacks overseas to tax cuts for the rich,
and made no movement on energy independence,
climate change and comprehensive immigration reform.

All told, it's about time we toast farewell to 2010.

Here's to 2011 -- a year in which,
The Tea Party will combust as it's forced to govern,
the GOP will implode over a bloody primary
& progressives get off the mat & into the ring.

Come toast to the final gathering of a tough year
with liberal comrades who are there through good & bad
at your local progressive social club.

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And have a happy new year!

Do Ask, Do Tell -- At Least it's a START

The President passed a needed nuke treaty
as a few GOP crossed the aisle & acted as adults.
With so much yet to do to make the world safer,
START is only a start, not an end, of this work.

Congress, at last, mustered the momentum
to move historic legislation for equal rights.
Now, let's Ask & Tell DC that equality in the military
needs to extend to the office & the altar.

The Senate did right by 9/11 responders
when the public pushed the Right not to be so wrong,
proving that with press & pressure, there's potential
to compel the Party of No to say yes.

So progress is possible! But why did we wait
'til a shellacking, Speaker Boehner & sell-out on taxes
to see any semblance of strength & success?

The Prez delivered Americans a few gifts this Xmas,
but let's make a New Year's resolution:
Do Ask him to do more & Do Tell him when he doesn't...
because all this progress is great, but it's only a START.

Now come raise a pint to progress
& share holiday cheer over a political beer
at your local progressive social club.

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Happy Holidays & Happy New Year!

A Pox on Both Their Parties, a Tax from Neither One

The GOP said they sought to slash spending,
the Dems argued to invest in America...
in the end they bargained for a bunch of tax breaks
that see us spending more with less to invest.

The campaign season claimed again & again
that the deficit would do dire damage to us all...
then DC declared there was a greater threat:
the wealthiest Americans paying their fair share.

Republicans can't collaborate to reduce nuclear weapons,
ensure equality in the military or support immigrants
but bipartisanship blossoms this holiday season
to give the rich more loot for their Christmas stockings.

Except for a few proud independent voices,
both parties gave millionaires another reason to party,
so a pox on both their parties:
on the Dems for sacrificing their principles
& on the GOP for standing by theirs.

Talk taxes, rant about Repubs, drink over the dems
and share liberal points plus liberal pints
at your local progressive social club.

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Taking The Promise Out Of Compromise

President Obama made a campaign promise
to end the costly, unnecessary tax cuts for the richest.
As he now negotiates himself into a corner,
he breaks that promise to strike a conciliatory deal.

His candidacy promised to bring "change" to DC
but as GOP rhetoric dominates the debate
& backroom trades determine policy,
it feels like "change" has been bargained away.

And ultimately the promise of Barack Obama
was that of a leader who'd fight for our ideals,
a leader who embodied our hopes for a better America
...not just our hopes for political horse-trades.

He's taken the promise & turned it to compromise.

And while we need to extend unemployment benefits,
pass a nuclear treaty, DREAM Act & repeal of DADT,
we also need a promise, not just a compromise, to believe in

We don't have it right now. We "hope" that will "change."

One promise we'll keep: lively talk & lovely folks
sharing liberal libations, lessons & laughter
at your local progressive social club.

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At Least the GOP is Pandering to its Base...

Republicans pledge to obstruct all Senate work
until they get to extend costly tax cuts
for the wealthiest Americans.

Action to support 9/11 responders. Delayed.
Efforts to help the unemployed. Stalled.
Discussion of new jobs bills. Blockaded.
Not until we help the super-rich.

Giving active-duty soldiers a path to citizenship. Halted.
Taking military advice on Don't Ask, Don't Tell. Stopped.
Working on the Reagan-era nuclear treaty. Frozen.
The millionaires come first.

The GOP sacrifices economic security
& compromises military readiness...
but at least they're supporting their base.

Democrats could learn from that:
do something for your base -- govern!
Acting on your principles is what your base
-- the majority of Americans -- really wants.

Will the lame ducks get less lame?
Will our representative government represent & govern?
Will we discuss all this over a drink?
That last one, at least, we can guarantee
at your local progressive social club.

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Thanksgiving Turkeys, Lame Ducks & Politics for the Birds

We wish DC was offering reason to give thanks
but the Democrats have had to much tryptophan
& are sleeping through their opportunities.

Instead of serving up jobs & relief,
Congress is carving up its chance for impact
& passing around heaping tax cuts for the rich.

On immigration, DADT, nuclear treaties,
economic stimulus, energy & climate change,
the holiday season has already begun
& DC is taking a holiday from taking action.

Maybe our representatives will surprise us
& still deliver something to be thankful for...
but as of now, this Thanksgiving holiday,
these lame ducks are being a bunch of turkeys.

Which is why so many Americans think
that politics is for the birds...

At least we still have each other --
for that, we'll give thanks & a toast,
as we share very liberal drinks
at our local progressive social club.

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Happy Thanksgiving.

Lawyer. Liberal. Our Very Own Katrina Baker.

Katrina Baker, one of the National Directors of Living Liberally, is a superhero. We knew that already -- but it's good to hear that the wider media world is picking up on it.

The Daily Brink has featured Katrina as one of their up-and-coming mover-and-shakers. The interview begins by exposing the secret identity of this local favorite: "Katrina Baker is a superhero of sorts: by day, she's a lawyer. By night, a liberal out to change the political conversation."

Of course, those of us who drink with her at Rudy's on Thursday nights already knew that she was a die-hard politico, dynamic leader and dutiful drinker. Some of our regulars may not have realized she was a lawyer too...

A fun interview and great photo montage as Rudy's shares her thoughts -- and a few sips -- inside Rudy's.

Thanks, Daily Brink -- come by for a drink.

Republican Senators Do Have Values - They Just Don't Value You

Republicans are supposed to be the party of security
-- and they're making us safer by blocking a treaty
that would reduce nuclear arms around the world.

The GOP is supposed to be the party of family values
-- and they're helping families in these tough times
by opposing the extension of unemployment benefits.

The Tea Party supposedly honors September 11th
-- and they memorialize it by denying support
to the responders who acted with courage & commitment.

Meanwhile, conservatives are doing a great job
ensuring that millionaires get tax cuts.

We could claim that "Republican Values" is an oxymoron
worthy of the morons in the GOP congressional leadership
-- except that Senate Republicans DO have values
...it's just that helping you isn't one of them.

If you need a drink, don't drink alone --
join like-minded lefties for liberal libations
at your local progressive social club.

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Our Veterans Deserve More Than No Jobs and Endless War

The President wavers in his plans to draw down
the no-end-in-sight conflict in Afghanistan,
sentencing our troops to a mission so forgotten
that candidates didn't discuss it this election.

We open our national coffers to endless war
then claim we have nothing to invest
in jobs, new technology & infrastructure
so badly needed to boost our economy at home.

Europe cuts military budgets, while ours grows,
which goes unchallenged even by "deficit hawks"
who are otherwise quick to say we can't afford
education, job stimulus & social safety nets.

We should honor our men and women in uniform
by deploying them only when necessary,
then bringing them home quickly and safely
to an America with opportunities & jobs for them.

Instead their tours are extended overseas,
& at home they'd find no jobs and limited support.

Bring them home, to a home ready to welcome them --
that's our message this Veterans Day.

Come out to share your thoughts & a few drinks
with like-minded lefties & anyone else at the bar
at your local progressive social club.

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A special notice:

Tonight at 9pm, HBO is premiering WARTORN:1861-2010, a film exploring combat and post-traumatic stress from the Civil War up until today. One of the filmmakers, Matt O'Neill,
is also a founder of Drinking Liberally.

Check out this important documentary:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MvIrpyzpcR4

More about the film:
http://www.hbo.com/documentaries#/documentaries/wartorn-1861-2010/index....

And a few reviews/features:
Variety - http://www.variety.com/review/VE1117944028/

LA Times - http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/news/la-et-tvhighlights11-20101111,...

NYTimes - http://tv.nytimes.com/2010/11/11/arts/television/11wartorn.html?_r=1&ref...

USA Today - http://www.usatoday.com/life/television/news/2010-11-11-wartorn11_ST_N.h...

Drinking Liberally Keeps On Chugging

Yes, it was a rough election night,
as Rand Paul & Marco Rubio toasted The Tea Party --
but Sharron Angle, Christine O'Donnell, Carl Paladino
& other extreme rightwingers fell with a thud.

Disappointing to see Sarah Palin as power-broker
but she also broke the GOP chance for Senate power
as she endorsed fringe candidates as pet projects.

We lost progressives like Feingold & Grayson
but lost far more conservative Blue Dogs
who'd been opponents to real progressive policy.

As scary as Speaker Boehner may be, things can change
...just as election results changed from 2 years ago.
That's not the Change we were looking for
but maybe it gives us a glimmer of Hope.

As we watch the Tea Party learn to help govern,
and GOP hopefuls start a divisive pricey primary,
we've got to stay in the game & order another round.

Drinking Liberally will keep on chugging.

Pull up to the bar at your local pub
for public discussion, no holds barred
as you share a drink & a few opinions
at your local progressive social club.

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