An Open Letter to Bill Clinton, from a Former Neighbor and Bernie Sanders Supporter

Dear President Clinton: We used to be neighbors, though I doubt you would remember me.  I used to live just down the street from you on F & 19th.  I often took evening strolls by your government housing quarters on Pennsylvania Avenue, and waved.  Every once in a while, a sniper atop the White House […]

Ready for Warren Is Now Ready To Fight And Has Endorsed Bernie Sanders

For the longest time, a lot of people who were not thrilled about a Hillary Clinton candidacy were pleading with Senator Elizabeth Warren to run for president in 2016. Some went so far as to start the Ready for Warren super PAC in order to try to convince her to get into the race, something […]

Bernie Sanders Is The Truly Progressive Candidate, Not Hillary Clinton

A lot of people, myself included, didn’t expect Senator Bernie Sanders to run for president in 2016. While I certainly welcomed the possibility that he would challenge Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination, I figured that he would do little more than push her to the left and force her to talk about issues many […]

Texas Tea Party Lawmaker Wants To Legalize Pot Because Of God (UPDATE)

It’s not every day that you’re going to hear me praise Republicans for anything. Lately, there’s been an absolute flurry of bills filed at the state and federal levels by GOP lawmakers that would take us backwards, not forward. Whether it is allowing people without a proper license to drive buses in Mississippi under a […]

Why I’ve Decided to Stop Calling Myself a Liberal

I’ve been meaning to write this for a while but just hadn’t gotten around to it. Heck, odds are most people won’t even read it anyway. But I felt the need to “vent” a little and explain myself going forward for those who often read things that I write, follow me on Twitter or have […]

“God and the Gay Christian” by Matthew Vines: A Review

As one of fifty online writers chosen to review “God and the Gay Christian” by Matthew Vines prior to publication, I admit, I had some preconceptions. I thought I would be reading a book by a “progressive Christian,” that would agree with my own beliefs. Matthew Vines has not written that book. “God and the […]

The Caterpillar that did not Die in Vain: A Progressive Parable

When I picked up my daughter Katherine from school the other afternoon, her class was on the playground. From a distance, I noticed that she and a number of her preschool classmates were huddled around something. There was so much shrieking and hullabaloo that at first I wondered whether the throb band One Direction was […]

Progressivism vs. The Universe: A Redwood in a Thunderstorm

Even a casual student of history understands that the world—hell, the universe—has not changed much with respect to violence over time. Maybe a better way to frame this is to say that the Big Bang is more a fan of the Fourth Crusade than of Christ and Gandhi. One of the most common water cooler […]

35 Reasons Why I’m a Liberal

There’s a lot of back and forth rhetoric between conservative and liberals.  Whether or not either will admit to it, both sides have their points. Then there are those who say “both parties are the same,” those are the people I simply dismiss as ignorant.  Are the parties similar on some levels?  Of course.  But […]