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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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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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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