John Atcheson

John Atcheson

John Atcheson is author of the novel, A Being Darkly Wise, and a book on our fractured political landscape entitled, WTF, America? How the US Went Off the Rails and How to Get It Back On Track, both available from Amazon. Follow him on Twitter @john_atcheson

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It’s not that Trump understands rhetoric. He doesn’t. But he’s like an idiot savant, in that he has an innate capacity to use rhetoric effectively. (Photo: Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images) Views
Monday, November 11, 2019
Trump Is Controlling the Narrative On Impeachment
Remember “no collusion,” Trump’s go-to line on the Mueller investigation? It was brilliant in its own way. Trump’s crimes were pretty clear: soliciting aid from a foreign government and obstructing justice—and there was ample evidence that he’d done both. But “no collusion” avoided mentioning...
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Saturday, November 09, 2019
The Neoliberal Assault on Warren's Plan to Pay for Medicare for All
Both Sanders and Warren have come up with viable plans for funding Medicare for all. The neoliberal establishment and the conservatives have been going after Sanders’ approach by raising the specter of-middle class tax increases. Sanders seems to trust that people will understand that if the tax...
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Sunday, November 03, 2019
Politics as a Food Fight: The Media Is Feeding the Political Divide
The other day, while listening to that liberal bastion, NPR, the newscaster mentioned that another witness had given testimony that would be damaging to Trump in the House’s impeachment inquiry. In a transition so seamless it was an integral part of the story, the anchor immediately went on to say...
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Today, the majority of Americans favor the GND, free tuition, a $15 minimum wage, sane gun laws, a repeal of Trump’s tax cuts for the rich, overturning Citizen’s United and getting money out of politics and a host of other "socialist" priorities.  (Photo: Ron Adar/SOPA Images/LightRocket?Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, October 29, 2019
The Revolution Is Here: Democrats Ignore It at Their Peril
Despite the yammering by the mainstream media and the neoliberals running the Democratic Party—not to mention Republicans and Fox News—the overwhelming majority of voters support progressive issues on a case-by-case basis, and the majority support the candidates who espouse them. Doubt that? See...
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When the centrist neoliberals tell you that change is incremental, what they’re really saying is they don’t want that much change. And the reason they don’t is that they are beholden to corporations and rich folks. (Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images) Views
Friday, October 25, 2019
Centrists—Or Neoliberals–Control the Party and the Media and They're Risking Losing to Trump Again in 2020
Neoliberal centrists either don’t understand why Trump won, or they’re so desperate to stay in control of the Party they’re willing to risk four more years of Trump. So let’s look at the arguments they’re mounting against the progressive candidates and policies. Let’s get one thing clear: the...
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Democratic presidential candidates Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), former Vice President Joe Biden, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) raise their hands during the Democratic Presidential Debate at Texas Southern University's Health and PE Center on September 12, 2019 in Houston, Texas. (Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images) Views
Thursday, October 17, 2019
Reminder: Trump Didn't Win, Democrats Lost
Tuesday’s Democratic debate boiled down to a war between the centrists and the progressives. Or, to put it another way, between those who would represent the people, and those who would represent billionaires, millionaires, and corporations. The centrists/corporatists can’t run on issues, so they’...
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Thursday, October 10, 2019
A Trump Impeachment Inquiry Isn't Keeping Congress From 'Getting Things Done'—Mitch McConnell Is.
One of the Republican’s talking points about impeaching Trump is that it will keep Congress from “doing the business of governing” or the “people’s business.” Like so much else coming out of the Republican cult, this is pure BS. The thing that’s keeping us from doing the people’s business is Mitch...
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The Oligarchs have accumulated massive power, all at the expense of the people. (Photo by Sergii Kharchenko/NurPhoto via Getty Images) Views
Thursday, October 03, 2019
When the Fringe Is Mainstream and the Mainstream Is Fringe: On Orwell and US Oligarchy
In 1984 , George Orwell said, “And if all others accepted the lie which the Party imposed—if all records told the same tale—then the lie passed into history and became truth.” The Democratic Party and the mainstream press are doing their best to make all records tell the same tale, and they’re...
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U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) speaks to the media at the Capitol Building September 24, 2019 in Washington, DC. Pelosi announced a formal impeachment inquiry today after allegations that President Donald Trump sought to pressure the president of Ukraine to investigate leading Democratic presidential contender, former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, which was the subject of a reported whistle-blower complaint that the Trump administration has withheld from Congress. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Ima Views
Thursday, September 26, 2019
In the End, Trump Left Pelosi No Choice on Impeachment
Readers of my columns know there's very little I agree with Nancy Pelosi on. But I thought her reluctance to impeach Trump was warranted. It will inflame his base, the Senate is unlikely to act on the House's findings, and it could be dismissed as a partisan attack by those who are tired of...
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Democratic presidential hopefuls former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) speak during the second round of the second Democratic primary debate of the 2020 presidential campaign season hosted by CNN at the Fox Theatre in Detroit, Michigan on July 31, 2019. (Photo: Jim Waton/AFP/Getty Images) Views
Thursday, September 19, 2019
Here We Go Again: Neoliberal Centrists Are Anointing One of Their Own—and It Could Cost Us
The post mortem on the latest Democratic debate tells us all we need to know. The fix is in. Choose your so-called liberal media— New York Times , NPR , Washington Post , MSNBC , or any of the other members of the neoliberal media mafia—and you’ll be told either that Biden did well, that he was the...
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