Mid-January of 2014 marks the unhappy fourth anniversary of one of the defining moments in U.S. politics. No, not an election, but a court ruling.
It is amazing how fast momentum can shift in politics. And it usually happens for reasons that could not have been predicted.
On Thursday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and Senate Democrats, fed up with endless Republican obstructionism, voted to end filibusters on nearly all presidential nominees.
The search for the truth is interwoven with the people's movement to defend and expand our democracy and democratic institutions and to defeat right-wing extremism and corporate power that seeks to undermine it.
We are now in the midst of a full-fledged class war against America's working people. Those directly firing the shots at the U.S. working class are an array of state lawmakers bought and paid for by powerful right wing groups.
There was one victory the neo-Confederate Republicans can claim that even the old Confederacy could not: the ability to shutdown the federal government, a symbol of their supreme distaste for both union and democracy.
They didn't wear jackboots, but the shutdown of government by an extremist faction of the Republican Party can only be described as a new phase in a very American coup.
You've probably seen or heard of protests against the affordable health care act, against raising the minimum wage, against marriage equality, and more than anything against stronger gun laws.
The antics of GOP Senator Ted Cruz are only the latest example of an effort to pull the political discourse further to the right.
Of those receiving government help in the form of food stamps or the SNAP program, 76 percent are children, disabled, or elderly.