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June 21, 2007

Impeachment update

Filed under: HI Politics,Impeach,National Politics — BobSchacht @ 9:33 pm

Common Cause is now advocating impeachment of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales.

Our petition calling for the impeachment of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales already has more than 12,000 signatures, thanks to activists like you. We need to keep up the momentum. Help us double the number of people calling for impeachment today!

They have a great new video up on youtube, and a new petition to sign.

Bob Fertik on Democrats.com also has a petition to impeach Gonzales.

And Democracy for America is also campaigning to impeach Gonzales:

If George Bush won’t fire him, impeaching Alberto Gonzales is the only way to restore integrity and accountability to the Justice Department. Ten dollars to DFA today keeps the momentum going.

On their website they also have an even better video about why Gonzales needs to be impeached.


June 15, 2007

the mythical conservative america

Filed under: General,National Politics — frosty @ 10:23 am

i imagine most of you are aware of the media matters for america organizational website, but if you’re not you should check it out because they do a good job shining the spotlight on major new media when they aren’t walking the straight and narrow, so to speak.

with all the sites i try to visit everyday, i admit i don’t go to this site very often, but i was browsing yesterday and came across a report that was put together by media matters regarding the progressive majority and the myth that america is by and large a conservative nation.

personally, i’ve felt this way for a while, though clearly didn’t have this kind of data to back up my ‘hunch’. a similar (maybe in a more playful way) approach to this subject is taken up by Thomas Frank in his book What’s the Matter with Kansas? How Conservatives Won the Heart of America. of course, it’s a great book that i recommend (if you ask nicely, i may let you borrow mine).

anyway, the report, titled The Progressive Majority: Why a Conservative American Is a Myth, is quite insightful (or at least i think so) and is full of statistics gathered over years by nonpartisan sources. while i’ve still got a bit to get through, i thought i’d share.

while, as they say, the devil is in the details, and while this report doesn’t (at least not yet) go into details regarding issues, the numbers don’t lie.  the majority of the people in this country are at least progressive leaning, even if they wouldn’t use the term ‘progressive.’  i think this report is just what progressive need to direct the conversation away from the conservative talking heads and even mainstream news media.  i think this is a report everyone should read, especially those who don’t already call themselves progressives (i call myself a liberal, but mostly to annoy people).

how can we begin framing the national debate in terms of what this report presents?  i’ve already started thinking about….

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