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The Right-Wing Bill of Wrongs

Christine O'Donnell challenges the understanding
that the First Amendment establishes
a separation between church and state.

Sharron Angle agrees on the 1st Amendment
& also wants to see us undo the 14th Amendment
which protects the citizenship rights
of people born in America.

Rand Paul thinks everything is unconstitutional
from Social Security to the minimum wage...
there are a half-dozen Amendments he'd undo
& some scarier ones he'd add on in.

That's who the conservatives are running:
a roster of radical reactionaries,
array of archly anti-democratic attack dogs
...a bullheaded, bullyish Bill of Wrongs.

It's time we set our country right...and left.

Come on out to toast our rights
& discuss how to right these wrongs
with a welcoming circle of liberal drinkers
at your local progressive social club.

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We Toast American Values - Time for Our Candidates to Do the Same

The incredible rescue of Chilean miners is a testament to
international collaboration & mass investment of public resources
...which the right derides as "big government liberalism" in the US
but we liberals know are hallmarks of a stronger society.

As Carl Paladino & other GOPpers attack gay Americans,
while Dem leaders halted & hesitated on "Don't Ask, Don't Tell,"
a judge bravely issued a decision for equality & justice --
in a ruling that's closer to the maturing mores of the American people
than are the half-measures in DC and the hatred from the right.

While banks foreclose on hard-working homeowners,
the Administration wavers, conservatives blame the victims,
but Americans fundamentally believe that it is better
to find a way for families to stay in their homes.

Investment in the public good, equal rights, fairness,
standing up for the regular American against the moneyed powers
...you can call these liberal values -- or call them American values
-- but candidates: start calling them "your values."

With only a handful of weeks until the midterms,
come refuel, re-engage and ready yourself for the campaign trail
as you share politics, values & a few beers
at your local progressive social club.

Tonight - and every Thursday
7:30pm onward
Rudy's - 9th Ave btw 44th & 45th
[back booths by the DL banner]
Questions: nyc@drinkingliberally.org

The Right-Wing War on Working Americans -- They Don't Only Bully the Poor Anymore

Turns out the banks who aided in mortgage fraud
now participate in wholesale foreclosure fraud
unjustifiably kicking people out of their homes.

Republican candidates from Connecticut to Alaska
are calling to end or reduce the minimum wage.

"Deficit hawks" spread fear about Social Security
to bully the deficit commission into restructuring
the most successful social safety net in American history.

Conservatives used to just bully the poor & unemployed.
Now they're waging war against the working middle class.

Yet Democrats have trouble with working class voters?

Maybe if they came out hard against foreclosures,
for the minimum wage & for Social Security
they'd give regular Americans someone to vote for.

With less than 4 weeks until the election,
take a few hours off the trail & at the bar
to share your thoughts as your share a few drinks
with your local progressive social club.

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Time For Midterms: Some Cram, Some Just Scam

While Dems make Hail Mary passes
on job stimulus they had all term to pass,
the GOP digs in, says No, opposes all ideas
& blames everything on someone else.

While Dems race frantically around the issue
of Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans,
the GOP just lies & says that Dems
want to raise YOUR taxes, whoever you are.

And while Dem candidates suddenly talk issues
they never acted on -- like energy independence
-- the right-wing candidates fear-monger
about mosques, immigrants & Amendments.

As always happens when Midterms come around --
some students cram & some just scam.

I guess I'd prefer the crammers to the scammers
but I also just have to wonder why nobody
was keeping up with their work all semester long...

Share your hopes & fears for the upcoming races
as you have a liberal think with your liberal drink
at your local progressive social club.

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Don't Ask, Don't Tell, Don't Think, Don't Try, Don't Vote

On the effort to repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell,"
the GOP goes with, "Don't Try, Don't Vote"
as they don't heed commanders & voters,
& don't let a vote even come to the floor.

In DC, they've gone with "Don't Act, Don't Solve"
-- don't work together, don't share ideas,
don't do anything except say No, No, No.

And this has become their midterm strategy:
don't repeal tax cuts on the wealthiest,
don't let healthcare take effect,
don't work, don't help, don't solve.

DADT isn't just their military policy --
"Don't Ask, Don't Tell" is their core mantra:
don't ask what relief voters really need,
don't tell us ideas to solve our challenges.

The Party of No is the Party of Don't.
It's up to us: don't let them get away with it
...and don't send them back to Washington.

While you're at it don't miss the chance
to share your ideas as you share a few drinks.
Yes, ask us our thoughts; Yes, tell us yours --
at your local political drinking club.

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Remember, Remember That Day in September

Fear-mongering right-wingers whip up a storm
over a building several blocks from Ground Zero
-- but where's the concern about lack of progress
in rebuilding & memorializing the site itself?

Congressional GOP dictate how to honor the dead
while they block aid to the living,
fighting against funds for 9/11 rescue workers.

We claim that terrorists attacked our freedom
so in response we attack our own freedom:
extraordinary rendition & security state steps
that change the fundamental American Way of Life.

Politicians claim September 11th is on their minds
but it's Election Day that really consumes them.

They might do better to check their calendar
& really remember that day in September.

DL remembers those we lossed on September 11th,
toasts those who came to the rescue
& on this Rosh Hashannah, the Jewish New Year,
we wish for a year of peace and healing.

Come share your wishes for the year
at your local political social club.

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Mission More Accomplished?

President Obama declared combat in Iraq over
even while tens of thousands of troops remain
in a fractured, tumultuous, uncertain country.

He declared it was time to turn the page
though we still turn to military contractors
and still pour wealth out our national coffers.

He didn't say "stay the course" --
rather, he insisted we completed it,
even as we sink deeper into the quagmire
of the uncompletable Afghanistan.

The Prez basically said "Mission Accomplished."
We've heard that before...
Let's hope the Mission's now More Accomplished
...for his sake, for ours and for Iraq's.

Share your thoughts, doubts & ideas
as you share pitchers, shots and beers
at your local progressive social club.

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The Dream Deferred...but Not Deterred

On August 28th, 1963 , Martin Luther King had a dream.
Now, in a country still haunted by racial division,
Glenn Beck's taking the steps of the Lincoln Memorial
to fuel fear, suspicion and dishonor the "dream."

A hurricane devastated an American city 5 years ago.
Areas of New Orleans are still abandoned
& its residents still scattered & struggling
as the city now suffers again with the BP spill.

Two years ago, Barack Obama accepted the nomination.
He's pushed reforms & reached out to the world,
but also continued wars & presidential secrecy.
And Americans increasingly think he's Muslim.

The dream 47 years ago was a powerful vision
& the hopes of 2 years ago were a great step
but while we've made strides, we're not there yet.

The dream has been deferred...
but we cannot be deterred.

Come out to share a vision, not sow division,
and share what you're thinking & drinking
at your local progressive social club.

Tonight - and every Thursday
7:30pm onward
Rudy's - 9th Ave btw 44th & 45th
[back booths beneath the DL banner]
Questions: nyc@drinkingliberally.org

They're Called the "Right" but are Constitutionally Wrong

A judge delivered news the right-wing has most feared:
that their stance against marriage equality is wrong --
not just morally, not religiously...but Constitutionally.

Conservatives switched fear mongering from gays to Muslims
attacking the right to build an Islamic Cultural Center
though free practice of religion is old as the Constitution itself.

And because the right-wing loves to hate immigrants,
the GOP has started an attack on the 14th Amendment
-- a direct assault on out Constitution & its principles.

These guys on the "Right" are just plain wrong.
Being wrong is in their constitution.
But let's keep their hands off of ours.

Whether you want to wash the taste of the Right away
or toast to a Constitution that is stronger than they are,
come out to drink a little & think a little
at your local progressive social club.

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President Obama Needs a New Pair of Shoes

President Obama followed in President Bush's footsteps
when, he declared our mission in Iraq accomplished
-- while planning to leave over 50,000 troops behind.

The President also walked his predecessor's walk
by declaring the economic recovery underway --
while the unemployed & underemployed feel no relief.

Then with Afghanistan, where the military urges the Prez
to revise any drawdown & plan a longer stay,
the Presidential path he's following is that of LBJ.

President Obama needs to choose a new pair of shoes.

Maybe f he walked a day in the life of the millions
of Americans who just want to go back to work
he'd find the resolve to invest less in war & more in jobs.

Come out tonight to share your views over some booze,
as we vent & rant, debate & drink, toast & roast
at your local, progressive social club.

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