Charles P. Pierce

Charles P. Pierce

Charles P. Pierce is a writer-at-large for Esquire and his work has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, the LA Times Magazine, the Nation, the Atlantic, Sports Illustrated and The Chicago Tribune, among others.

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The movement for this convention was born in the dark-money plutocracy of the current American political system. Views
Thursday, November 09, 2017
Sorry, But American Democracy Is Still Edging Closer to Disaster
Are you ready to have your mellow harshed just a little? On Tuesday, when nobody was looking, the state of Wisconsin brought the country a step closer to a constitutional bloodbath unseen since 1789. The Wisconsin state senate voted, 19-14, to join the call for an Article V convention of the states...
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Wednesday, October 25, 2017
Republicans Need a Better Response Besides Quitting
This is something of an earthquake , and the epicenter for the moment is in The Arizona Republic . Condemning the nastiness of Republican politics in the era of President Donald Trump, Sen. Jeff Flake on Tuesday announced he will serve out the remainder of his term but will not seek re-election in...
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"There are now two mayors who’ve proven that progressive candidates can win just about anywhere. Learn that lesson or you deserve to lose forever," Pierce writes. Views
Saturday, October 07, 2017
If the Democrats Don't Learn This Lesson, They Deserve to Lose Forever
I’m reluctant to point this out, lest I blow the covert aspects of some good news, but it seems that, almost without anyone’s noticing, very progressive African-American candidates have been getting elected to be mayors in cities in the very deepest parts of the deep South. First, it was Chokwe...
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We have become a nation that accepts the blood sacrifice of our children as an ineffable part of our constitutional order, one of those things you have to tolerate, like pornography and the occasional acquittal of an unpopular defendant, in order to live in a free society. Views
Monday, October 02, 2017
If Newtown Wasn't Enough, Why Would Las Vegas Be Enough?
On July 4, 1854, William Lloyd Garrison, the abolitionist firebrand, burned a copy of the Constitution of the United States of America at a gathering of anti-slavery activists in Framingham Grove in Massachusetts. Garrison called the document, “a covenant with death, and an agreement with hell.”...
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Sunday, September 24, 2017
Bernie Sanders Just Gave His Best Speech in 2 Years
There’s a lot of tsuris all over the place over the fact that Bernie Sanders and Amy Klobuchar will be putting on a show-pony debate next week on CNN with the Clueless Twins, Lindsey Graham and Bill Cassidy, on the subject of healthcare. Most of said tsuris revolves around the fear that the debate...
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What this tells us generally is that Robert Mueller and his team are getting very close to turning over some very key pieces to this puzzle. Views
Thursday, September 14, 2017
The Flynn Family Appears to Be a Major Piece of Robert Mueller's Puzzle
A hound it was, an enormous coal-black hound, but not such a hound as mortal eyes have ever seen. Fire burst from its open mouth, its eyes glowed with a smouldering glare, its muzzle and hackles and dewlap were outlined in flickering flame. — The Hound of the Baskervilles , Sir Arthur Conan Doyle...
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Monday, September 11, 2017
What Steve Bannon's 60 Minutes Interview Proved
There was gale-force bullshit coming from all points of the compass and nonsense was running at floodtide in the newspapers and on TV this past weekend, a sorry couple of days for elite political journalism. As to the latter, Charlie Rose got a chance to sit down with Steve Bannon, the last heir to...
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"Over the past two days, the Arkema people have given us a master class in Not Giving A Damn," Pierce writes. Views
Thursday, August 31, 2017
The Chemical Plant Explosion in Texas Is Not an Accident. It's the Result of Specific Choices.
So, conservative ideas have triumphed in Texas. A business-friendly environment has been created, based on free-market principles, deregulation, and a return to 10th amendment freedoms just as the Founders designed them, because the best government is the one that is closest to the people. Basic...
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Friday, August 25, 2017
Trump May Pardon Joe Arpaio, But History Will Not
You can respect the rule of law or you can pardon former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio. You cannot do both. So if and when President Trump grants mercy to his fellow birther , his political bedfellow , his loyal partner in harassing the nation's immigrants, he'll be sending the strongest possible...
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Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Maybe Next Time Stick to the Notes
The reviews are in! "…a stunning tour de force…" — Jake Tapper, CNN. I'm only kidding here. After the president* took his sojourn into the izonkosphere on Tuesday afternoon, CNN cut back to Tapper, who looked very much like a man who had seen space aliens humping in his jacuzzi. I give him credit...
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