Monthly Archives: September 2010

Protest after Defeat

The Senate’s failure to consider both the DREAM Act and the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, was a clear defeat for advocates of immigration reform and GLBT activists.  Both sets of activists are, understandably, frustrated with the Senate, President … Continue reading

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A DREAM deferred

What do Lady Gaga, Robert Gates and Admiral Mike Mullen have in common?  They were unable to stop a minority in the Senate from filibustering a defense appropriations bill that would have led to the repeal of “Don’t ask, Don’t … Continue reading

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Can Activists Become Politicians? (Hint: Jeannette Rankin)

On Congress.org, Ambreen Ali  ascribes some of Christine O’Donnell’s electoral difficulties to her background as an activist: It was shortly after college when the Delaware Republican embraced an identity aspiring politicians usually avoid: She became an activist. Though political candidates … Continue reading

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March for Chuckles?

Here’s something new.  Comedy Central’s hosts have announced competing demonstrations at the same time and place.  I don’t know what kinds of politics are at work here.  Then again, maybe this isn’t so different from Glenn Beck’s March to Restore … Continue reading

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Immigration Activists Push the Dream Act

Public frustration with current immigration policy never seems to fade into the background these days.   At Congress.org, Ambreen Ali reports that reform activists are planning to press Senators to vote for the Dream Act next week.  Their campaign will include … Continue reading

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Why Movement Candidates Always Disappoint

The Tea Party, like many American protest movements, jumped into the electoral fray quickly.  This is the way our system is set up; frequent elections mean that activists always seem to have the chance to replace politicians they don’t like … Continue reading

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The Tea Party and Grassroots Democracy

Morning Edition features an interview with journalist Jonathan Rauch, discussing the tea party in general, and his article in the current edition of the National Journal.  Some segments of the movement are determined to serve the grassroots under any circumstances, … Continue reading

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