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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Saturday, January 12, 2019
Why 'Fact-Checking' Gives Liars a Free Pass
Look, let’s face it, the press has been enabling Trump in particular and the conservatives in general by the way it has been addressing the blatant lying, deception, misdirection, and other forms of lying. The fact that the controlling party in our country consistently lies to the American people,...
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Sunday, January 06, 2019
With Self-Inflicted Pay-Go Rule, Democratic Victory in 2020 Just Got Harder
The day after I wrote this , "… Pelosi, Schumer and Hoyer are doing everything in their power to keep the progressive insurgency in check, and keep their neoliberal/corporate money machine in power," Nancy Pelosi and the neoliberals in Congress committed political harikari and gutted the entire...
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Tuesday, January 01, 2019
The War for the Democratic Party Continues
Elizabeth Warren just threw her hat in the ring for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination. If the Democrats were smart, they’d get in line behind her, or Bernie Sanders. Unfortunately, Pelosi, Schumer and Hoyer are doing everything in their power to keep the progressive insurgency in check,...
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Prior to the Bush’s Great Recession in 2008 and 2009, rural America had been undergoing a steady demographic shift in which it was depopulating and growing older, but otherwise they remained mostly white. Since the recession, the pace of change in rural America has become blinding, with depopulation, death, and diversity completely altering the character of rural life.  Views
Saturday, December 22, 2018
Communities Without Consequences: Demographics and the Destruction of Democracy
Even after more than two years, the notion that America elected an ignorant, racist, profane, incompetent, reality show buffoon as President still seems incomprehensible to the rational, reality-based world. What is even more inconceivable is that Trump seems to have taken some 40 percent of...
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activists holds signs asking, "what is your plan?" Views
Saturday, December 08, 2018
Climate Change Is Likely to Come Sooner and Be Worse Than Latest Worst-Case Forecasts Suggest
The news on climate change has been pretty grim lately, but the fact is, it’s possible—even likely—to be far worse than the already sobering news in the latest reports.
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There is a progressive momentum in America right now. (Photo: National Nurses United/flickr/cc) Views
Monday, November 19, 2018
Failing to Learn the Lessons of 2018
The 2018 midterms should have put the debate about whether the majority of Americans are progressive to rest. Yet it still rages. And the consequences for 2020 could be bad—four more years of Trump, bad. But it’s clear that the Democratic leadership hasn’t figured that out yet. For example, the two...
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Friday, November 02, 2018
Haters and Partisans Have Always Been With Us. But This Is Different
Hate, blame, greed, bigotry and fear have always been part of our politics. If you doubt that, consider these statements from our second Presidential campaign in 1800, which pitted Adams against Jefferson for the second time. Jefferson’s camp accused President Adams of having a “hideous...
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As it turns out, government was the solution, and the market was the problem. Views
Saturday, October 27, 2018
A Tragedy in Three Parts: Corporations, Coups, and Crazies
The silent coup and the roots of corporate tyranny Nearly 40 years ago, in his first inaugural address, Ronald Reagan said, “In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.” Republicans and increasingly neoliberal Democrats agreed and told us the...
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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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