The man who warned us about Donald Trump, Fox News and the rise of the idiocracy

SALON By DAVID MASCIOTRA With a new biography out and a recent documentary still making waves, it’s time to consider Gore Vidal’s legacy Gore Vidal, one of America’s greatest literary renaissance men and the master of the acerbic witticism, once said to an interviewer near the end of his life, “Anyone stupid enough to worry about… More The man who warned us about Donald Trump, Fox News and the rise of the idiocracy

Let’s call them all lunatics: Fearful “balanced” “journalists” let wingnuts run wild

SALON In their 2012 book, “It’s Even Worse Than it Looks: How the American Constitutional System Collided With the New Politics of Extremism,” Thomas Mann and Norm Ornstein argued that America’s political dysfunction had two causes: First, the mismatch between our constitutional system, requiring compromise, and our increasingly polarized, parliamentary-style politics. Second, the fact that… More Let’s call them all lunatics: Fearful “balanced” “journalists” let wingnuts run wild

Rich, white & in total control: The clearest evidence yet that our democracy is broken

SALON GOP politicians like Scott Walker work hard to suppress the vote. New data gives us a good idea why This week the Census Bureau released their data on voter turnout in the 2014 election, and the numbers are abysmal. In 2014, only 41.9 percent of the voting age citizen population turned out, the lowest… More Rich, white & in total control: The clearest evidence yet that our democracy is broken

America’s war on Black girls: Why McKinney police violence isn’t about “one bad apple”

SALON Many have been quick to dismiss or make excuses for the shocking video out of Texas. Here’s the truth of the matter In just over two months, we will commemorate the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, a natural disaster that ravaged communities along the Gulf Coast. This tragedy was made infinitely worse not only… More America’s war on Black girls: Why McKinney police violence isn’t about “one bad apple”

Segregationists never went away: We just call them “small-government conservatives” now

SALON Black freedom & opportunity in America has always required the very federal intervention the right wants to destroy The continuing decline of public sector jobs at local, state, and federal levels is having an abysmal economic impact on African Americans, for whom steady, stable government employment opportunities have provided a sure path into the… More Segregationists never went away: We just call them “small-government conservatives” now

Supreme Court’s grand ruse ends: Finally, Americans see the justices for the political hacks they are

SALON It’s great that we’re no longer pretending the Supreme Court is immune to politics Cue up the sad David Brooks violin playing softly in the corner of a dark alley at 3 a.m., because Americans have no faith in powerful institutions anymore. One of those institutions would be the marbled shrine atop our third… More Supreme Court’s grand ruse ends: Finally, Americans see the justices for the political hacks they are

It’s Elizabeth Warren’s party now! How to remake it in the liberal heroine’s image

I’ll just say, I hope she runs in 2016… Salon If they’re smart, liberals could use Warren’s new power to make the changes to the party that are so badly needed Despite being so notoriously difficult to get right, predictions are part of the pundit’s stock-in-trade. So once you’ve got some grains of salt ready… More It’s Elizabeth Warren’s party now! How to remake it in the liberal heroine’s image

10 insane, fear-mongering GOP lies this election cycle

Salon Whether they’re attacking Obama or Michelle Nunn, Republicans are resorting to some of their dirtiest tactics Halloween has come and gone, but the Republican Party is offering up its own scares, pulling out its worst scaremongering tactics to try to use fear to get voters to the polls for their candidates. AlterNet has rounded… More 10 insane, fear-mongering GOP lies this election cycle

The right’s sham Christianity: How an attack on John Kasich exposes the fraud

Salon Ohio’s GOP governor was the darling of the right — until he sought to help poor people, in the name of Christ Could Republican Gov. John Kasich run for president? According to the Washington Post, he’s poised to, and he certainly seems to be among the better options out there, with the other obvious… More The right’s sham Christianity: How an attack on John Kasich exposes the fraud