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Submitted by Justin Krebs on Fri, 04/24/2009 - 1:25pm.
We're familiar with the repeated metaphors pundits use to describe America. The tide is turning," "the tables have turned, "America is turning a new page." It's enough turning to make one dizzy.
As a kindle-phobic book-hugger, I love "turning pages" as much as anyone...but I am going to offer another metaphor: America is changing the channel.
No, we shouldn't replace book imagery with TV imagery...but this metaphor is more than rhetoric -- more and more Americans are changing our country by changing one particular channel...and tuning out Fox "News."
From Norman in Florida, Living Liberally recently received this request:
Jennifer and I are sick of going to our FOX channel Dentist. Each exam room has a TV set to FOX. I would like to know how to find a progressive Dentist in south Tampa. Can you help. I would rather spend my health dollars supporting a progressive Dentist!
Norman, you're not alone. More people are recognizing that Fox is far from a new outlet; it's a propaganda arm for the right-wing (as its recent "tea party" obsession confirmed). There are great groups like Brave New Films that have documented Fox's role as an attack dog. There have been successful campaigns to pressure Democratic leaders to deny Fox the legitimacy of hosting. presidential debates.
But you don't need to launch campaigns or cancel programs to make a difference...you can just pick up the remote.
Change the channel.
We'll try to help you find your liberal dentist; but in the meantime, just ask them to switch to a real news outlet. Fox's bright and fast graphics often make them the most visually appealing (which is why it's often on in senior centers), but the power to change that is a click away.
We've asked our local bar to change the channel. It's worked. Now when we're drinking liberally, we're no longer watching conservatively.
That's change we can believe in.
Submitted by Justin Krebs on Fri, 04/24/2009 - 1:09pm.
by Matt Filipovicz, Chicago Laughing and Drinking Liberally
What would you do if you had the chance to meet an all-star line up of liberals including Robert Redford, Amy Goodman, Howard Zinn, Naomi Klein, Russ Feingold, Tammy Baldwin, Dennis Kucinich, Cindy Sheehan, Jim Hightower, Rev. Jesse Jackson, Katrina vanden Heuvel and many, many more?
What if you had the chance to meet them all in one place and all in one weekend?
And what if that weekend also happened to be celebrating the 100 year anniversary of one of the finest liberal publications in the country, the Progressive?
Well, if you're anything like me, you'd head to Madison, Wisconsin May 1st and 2nd for the Progressive Magazine Conference.
If you're like Rush Limbaugh, however, you'd probably advise your ditto-heads to avoid Madison at all costs.
Submitted by Justin Krebs on Thu, 04/23/2009 - 7:31am.
Though initial interrogators thought Abu Zubaydah
Bush admin officials approved the torture methods
And now that the Obama admin has released this info,
We always knew how much the right-wing tortured logic
And it's not the American way.
Share your horror & your ideas for what we do next
Submitted by Justin Krebs on Thu, 04/16/2009 - 8:08am.
The Prez speaks honestly to America about the economy.
Speaker Pelosi calls to investigate Wall Street.
Senate and House Dems get busy on new approaches
Will someone just pour them some goddamn tea already?
Then stick them at the kids table
If you're sick of tea, come share a stiffer drink
Submitted by Justin Krebs on Wed, 04/15/2009 - 10:58am.
A Thinking Liberally Left-Minded Meditation
"Taxes are what we pay for a civilized society." - US Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes.
"Stop Whining and Pay Your Taxes" - Bumper sticker my Dad wanted to print up about 18 years ago.
Congratulations, America. It's April 15th, a day we mark honorably; an annual tradition we've together reached once again. Let's trade some high-fives and puff our chests out in patriotic pride because today is Invest-in-America Day!
You don't hear many people applauding April 15th. Instead you see news stories about long lines at the post office, and businesses try to capitalize on your tax frustration (Dunkin' Donuts offered free donuts as "tax relief" last year). Because it's Tax Day in America...and thanks to an enduring Benjamin Franklin aphorism, many of our fellow citizens are more likely to associate taxes with "death" than with good schools, clean air, a strong military, innovations in health and science and all the other benefits are taxes bring us.
Just try to say "Happy Tax Day" to anyone and see what reactions you get. If you end up in the wrong place, you might even get a teabag thrown at you.
Why teabags? Conservatives (or "cons" as they would be accurately dubbed) have settled on a series of mixed metaphors and mangled messaging to express their frustration with...what exactly? Some combination of opposition to taxes, the stimulus, and the President in general has Republicans waving Earl Grey at any camera that will watch.
And they claim, amusingly, that this is in the tradition of our Founders' Boston Tea Party. But once again, the right-wing misses the point. The Founders weren't opposed to taxation -- they were opposed to "taxation without representation." They were fine with taxes...as long as those funded a government in which they fully participated.
Where is the "pro-representation" outcry that would truly be in the spirit of our Founders? Not coming from the Cons. We have a President who has bent over backwards (and frustrated his own base) to ensure that all sides have been "represented" in every negotiation so far.
If the teabaggers are too busy to participate, that's their business.
Just as the Cons' tea parties get it wrong, their entire opposition to taxes is misplaced. Should we watch where the government spends our money? Of course -- and greater transparency (a good-government goal) will help with that. Should we ensure that taxes don't burden those who struggle? Without question -- which is why a progressive tax structure is so critical.
Should we oppose taxes? Only if we want private security to replace our police, corporations to monitor their own pollution and banks to regulate themselves (and we've seen how well that worked).
I'm proud to pay. As Vice President Biden has said, it's our duty. I love this country, and I'm honored to invest in it.
Shouldn't all Americans say the same? And if not, then they can stop drinking my clean water...it's for Patriotic Investors only.
Submitted by Justin Krebs on Thu, 04/09/2009 - 12:24pm.
A Gaming Liberally Special by Justin Krebs
It wasn't easy. AIG and Blackwater were a first-round match-up, as were Grover and Newt. Choosing between Rush and FOX wasn't simple.
But the votes have been tallied, the rounds are over, and the Champion of Evil is...
Now join CREDO and call for a special prosecutor to investigate him.
Submitted by Justin Krebs on Thu, 04/09/2009 - 7:07am.
When Bush went to Europe,
When Bush met foreign leaders,
When Bush went to Iraq,
After 8 years of distance, distaste & disrespect,
Hey, it's a start.
Toast to a new world, & debate how we'll get there
Submitted by Justin Krebs on Wed, 04/01/2009 - 8:01pm.
While the GOP was willing to let the Big Three fail,
Despite coddling contractors cronies & business buddies
Now that the President of the USA has urged aside
President Obama may have a heavy-hand in this case,
And after years of the car driving our country,
We can only hope the banks will be next.
Come toast, roast & debate the most
Submitted by Justin Krebs on Thu, 03/26/2009 - 9:01am.
Conservatives don't want us to take control of banks
"Let the market do it's job," they shout --
Deregulation led to a massive meltdown,
Seems like the free market is getting costlier every day.
Then again, these guys run an economy into the ground,
There may be no free market, and no free lunch,
Submitted by Justin Krebs on Thu, 03/19/2009 - 7:38am.
American workers lose jobs & savings
Those whose companies collapsed
And while we belatedly caught Bernie Madoff,
America's laid off, they're getting paid off
Who still thinks we should run America "like a business"?
Come where the drinks are cheap & talk is rich,
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