John Atcheson

John Atcheson

screen_shot_2017-07-26_at_9.09.47_pm.pngJohn Atcheson is author of the novel, A Being Darkly Wise, and he has just completed a book on the 2016 elections titled, WTF, America? How the US Went Off the Rails and How to Get It Back On Track, available from Amazon. Follow him on Twitter @john_atcheson

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Friday, October 12, 2018
Justifiable Anger Fuels Trump's Hold on Power and Democrats Still Don't Seem to Get It
Pundits, progressives and the press seem perplexed by Trumpism. How can a narcissistic, fascist, incompetent conman—whose White House seems always on the verge of chaos; whose own appointees fear that he’ll do something so insane that they snatch papers off his desk; whose positions mouth populism...
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Throughout the day, Kavanaugh came across as defensive, entitled, angry, and evasive.  The fact that he refused to embrace an investigation that might clear him was particularly damning. (Photo: ANDREW HARNIK/Getty Images)  Views
Monday, October 01, 2018
Why Kavanaugh Shouldn't Be Confirmed
The Republicans managed to make Thursday’s hearing a he said/she said debate, and they managed to make the standard for disqualifying Kavanaugh one of proving him guilty, “beyond a reasonable doubt” exactly as they wanted to do. And by having only two witnesses, Dr. Ford and Judge Kavanaugh, it was...
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People don’t fully understand the true nature of the threat that climate change poses, and the press – when they bother to cover it – understates it. (Photo: CIRA/RAAMB) Views
Wednesday, September 26, 2018
Harbingers: Florence, Forest Fires, and the Future
Climate change catastrophe is upon us. We see it in the record-breaking floods from storms like Florence, and in the record-breaking fires across the US once again this year. But the media – which barely mentioned the link between these catastrophes and climate change -- is preparing to move on to...
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"Despite the 2018 gains, the Democratic Party will still be marching towards folly, unless the progressives manage to take it over completely." (Photos: Getty) Views
Tuesday, September 04, 2018
Democrats and the 2018 Midterms
The collapse of the Democratic Party over the last four decades is nothing less than historic. It’s the kind of thing folks will study in the future, as what Barbara Tuchman called a “ march of folly .” Ms. Tuchman defined a march of folly as “the pursuit of policy contrary to self-interest,” and...
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"There is a world out there where we the people control government; where we send men and women of good will to office who support what the majority wants." (Photo: Peoples World/flickr/cc) Views
Tuesday, August 21, 2018
Inchoate Anger Is the Animating Force in Politics
We’ve known for a decade now, that people are fed up with Washington and with politics. We’ve known that they consider politicians to be little more than lackeys to the uber-rich and corporations; and we’ve known that the facts bear them out when we look at the legislation they pass. Republicans...
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Even when they win by default because the Republican’s overreach has become so obvious or so destructive that the people boot them out, Democrats go into office without a real mandate, and therefore cannot deliver what the voters want – policies which put the people first. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, August 14, 2018
With 3 Months To Go, Pundits and Democrats Still Clueless
Democrats will win the House in 3 months , and they have an outside shot at the Senate. But it’s not because they’ve figured out how to win elections, it’s because Republicans have – once again -- handed it to them. That’s the only way Democrats win these days. Obama’s victory was a direct result...
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Much has been made of Ms. Ocasio-Cortez’s victory in New York, but the fact is, local, home grown progressives have been winning for months now in purple states like Pennsylvania, Colorado, and Virginia. (Lancaster Stands Up voted to endorse Jess King, Lancaster, PA/ Photo: Twitter) Views
Tuesday, July 24, 2018
Why Looking for the “Winning Issue” Is a Losing Proposition
There’s been a spate of articles and pronouncements from the usual suspects speculating on what the winning issue might be for Democrats. Pundits and politicians have pitched everything from Trump’s treatment of immigrant children to legal weed, to relief from college debt, to defense of social...
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Saturday, July 21, 2018
The Big Tent Is Really No Tent: Why the Democrats' Old Guard Has to Get Out of the Way
Mahatma Ghandi once said, “There go my people. I must follow them, for I am their leader.” "The nearly complete defeat of the centrist, corporate Democrats over the last four decades should have made it obvious that the age of the DLC centrists has been coming to an end for some time." The...
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Wednesday, July 04, 2018
Listen Up Voters – If You Want Change, You Can't Keep Voting for the People Resisting Change
The evidence that people are fed up with politicians and political parties is overwhelming. For example, the Smith Project found that nearly 80 percent believe that both political parties “…are too beholden to special interests to create any meaningful change.” And a recent poll found that just 35...
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"The party leaders in Congress and the DNC, continue to think they can ignore the progressive groundswell growing beneath them and run on how bad Trump is." (Photo: Screenshot) Views
Wednesday, June 27, 2018
Can You Hear Us Now? On Why Documenting the Daily Outrage Is Not Enough
Can you hear us now? Ben Jealous and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez just showed Democrats how to win. Both backed single-payer health care, a living wage, criminal justice reform, a more humane immigration policy, and both ran grass roots campaigns that didn’t hew to the party machine’s middle-of-the...
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