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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A rally to support healthcare Views
Monday, June 25, 2018
Lessons From the Healthcare Wars: or Why Democrats Will Be Disappointed in 2018
One of the things that came as a complete surprise to the establishment media and the punditocracy was the speed with which the attempt to repeal Obamacare mobilized support for it as well as for a single payer, Medicare for all approach to health care. A recent poll found that a slim majority now...
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"Giving a narcissist like Trump that kind of coverage is like feeding a malignancy."(Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images) Views
Monday, June 18, 2018
We Get It — Trump Is Awful
Every morning the news is full of Trump’s latest antics, and the Republican Party’s complete surrender to his insanity, and the liberal and progressive outlets are the worst offenders. They just can’t seem to tell us enough, what an idiot the man is. Here’s the thing. Those of us who know that...
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poverty wages sign Views
Saturday, June 16, 2018
If the Economy Is So Good, Why Are People So Unhappy?
Trump is collecting credit, while shedding blame Donald Trump—like the narcissistic, compulsive, hyperbolic blowhard he is—keeps bragging about how good “his” economy is. The self-aggrandizing superlatives flow out of Twitter like some rancid national virus. Leaving aside the fact that presidents...
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Monday, June 11, 2018
Republicans Lost Their Way Long Before Trump (But So Did the Democrats)
There's been a spate of articles about how Trump has "taken over" the Republican Party. For example, New York Times columnist Charles Blow opened a recent column saying, "In one way, Donald Trump’s presidency has been a raging success: He stole a political party.” And former House Speaker John...
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"What conservatives and corporatists didn’t anticipate when they used hate, greed, racism, and all the other “isms” to run their con, is that these forces would ultimately take over the Party, and the country." (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Views
Wednesday, May 30, 2018
Sides, Balance, and the Death of Truth
Something I’m hearing a lot from thoughtful people these days is how we have to learn to communicate with the other side. They bemoan the degree to which the US has sunk into two camps, each entrenched in their own reality and separated by a chasm of ideological intolerance. “It is critical that we...
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Thursday, May 17, 2018
You Would Think It Would Be Impossible to Lose Ground to Trump and the GOP—But You'd Be Wrong
Imagine having the good fortune to run against a Party which is systematically screwing the people who voted for it; abandoning science; blatantly lying, dissembling, and deceiving on just about everything; appointing lobbyists, cronies and ideologues for the purpose of eviscerating agencies that...
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Sunday, May 13, 2018
Ready, Fire, Aim: Idiocy in Action
Trying to parse Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Iran agreement shows why “balanced news” may end up destroying the world. We’ll examine why in a moment, but first, let’s summarize Trump’s reasoning – or what passes for reasoning in his addled, emotionally adolescent, ADHD brain. He says it...
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An elephant, the traditional symbol for the Republican party, and a donkey, the traditional symbol for the Democratic party Views
Saturday, May 05, 2018
Pundits and Pols Still Don't Get It: Trump Didn't Win in 2016, Democrats Lost
A recent study by PRRI and the Atlantic that seeks to explain the Trump voter is drawing a lot of attention from the press, political analysts, and the Democratic Party. PRRI’s thesis is that the white working class American (WWCA) Trump voter was motivated by fear of losing their preferred...
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democracy not oligarchy Views
Saturday, April 28, 2018
Beyond Trump: How the US Went Off the Rails
Trump is not the source of our problems; he’s the result of them. Wait, you say, how can having a president with all the impulse control of an infant’s alimentary canal—a man with all the strategic sense of a six-year-old ADHD patient; a narcissistic, mendacious, sexist, bombastic, thug—not be the...
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Saturday, April 14, 2018
Trump Is Cornered - Now Comes the Dangerous Part
With the FBI’s raid on Cohen’s home, office and hotel room, the net is being narrowed, and Trump is, in all likelihood, trapped. And like any creature that operates from the limbic system, now is when he becomes most dangerous. For example, there can be little doubt that he will fire Mueller...
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