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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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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Saturday, April 07, 2018
Trump is Still the Most Unpopular President Since Polls Have Been Kept; But It May Not Matter in 2018 or 2020
Trump recently bragged that his approval ratings were higher than “Cheatin Obama” at this point in his Presidency. As it turns out, only Rasmussen – a right wing polling organization that has consistently put Trump’s approval ratings above those of other polling organizations – had Trump...
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Monday, March 19, 2018
Some Democrats Drawing All the Wrong Lessons from Conor Lamb's Victory
The leadership of the Democratic Party seems determined to cling to their elite, corporatist position headed into the 2018 elections. Last week, for example, they basically punted on whether to adopt a set of recommendations from the party’s Unity Commission which would have wrested control of the...
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Friday, March 09, 2018
Did You Hear the One About the Party That Self-Destructed?
The United States is no longer a Democracy, it's an oligarchy. The Democratic National Committee is meeting in Washington, DC this week, and one of the main things on their agenda is to decide on whether to adopt rules that could change that. The proposed rules were unanimously approved by the...
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AR-15 rifles are displayed for sale at the Guntoberfest gun show in Oaks, Pennsylvania. Views
Saturday, February 24, 2018
No, The Founding Fathers Didn't Give You a Right to Bear Arms
For most of US history, all the way through to the end of the 20 th Century, the introductory phrase “a well-regulated militia” was seen by courts to constrain the clause “the right of the people to keep and bear arms.” In short, that individual “right” was contingent on the need to keep a well-...
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"Eviscerating the SCC, lowering taxes on corporations and the ultra-rich, rolling back environmental and other regulations, and increasing the deficit is like putting the economy on steroids, and it’s no surprise that the stock market responded.  But the fact is, these measures actually impoverish us over the long term." (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images) Views
Monday, February 19, 2018
“Trump's Economy” Started On January 21, 2018
Trump and the Republicans have been passing off the recent gains in employment, the modest increase in wages, and the growth in GDP as their handiwork. It wasn’t. To the extent government had anything to do with it, it was for the most part the policies of the Obama administration that made it all...
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"The majority of Americans know Trump is unfit to be president, but if they’re not offered a substantive alternative, the passionately ignorant minority will control the elections once again." (Photo: Kyle/Flickr/cc) Views
Friday, February 09, 2018
Democrats Can't Run and Win on the Fact That Trump's an Idiot
Democrats are marching, lemming-like, towards disappointment in November. They seem to think that all they need to do is point out that Trump is an idiot, a plutocrat, a liar, and that he probably colluded with Russians in the 2016 elections, and they’ll win. They’re wrong, and here’s why. This...
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