Tom Gallagher

Tom Gallagher

Tom Gallagher is a former Massachusetts State Representative and the author of 'The Primary Route: How the 99% Take On the Military Industrial Complex.' He lives in San Francisco.

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Far from the first time that the Committee—the Democratic Party’s official voice in San Francisco—has been at odds with Pelosi. (Photo: Zach Gibson/Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, March 12, 2019
San Francisco Democrats Adopt Venezuela Stance Diametrically Opposed to Pelosi’s
At its most recent monthly meeting, San Francisco’s Democratic County Central Committee adopted a resolution on Venezuela diametrically opposed to the stance taken by the city’s top Democrat, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, who represents the lion’s share of the city’s voters. The resolution...
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Ever since Pelosi entered the congressional leadership of her party, the nature of the representation she offers has been an ambiguous thing. (Photo: Zach Gibson/Getty Images) Views
Friday, December 21, 2018
Nancy Pelosi Represents House Democrats, but San Francisco? Not So Much
Who does Nancy Pelosi represent? The Democratic members of the House of Representatives or the people of San Francisco? New York Congresswoman-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez recently voiced the opinion that Pelosi appeared to be the most progressive choice available to lead House Democrats in the...
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Willie Brown's attack on democratic socialists was prompted by the race for State Assembly in California's District 15, which includes Richmond, Berkeley, Piedmont and parts of Oakland where Jovanka Beckles, endorsed by Our Revolution and the Democratic Socialists of America, is running against Buffy Wicks, a Barack Obama-type Democrat. (Photo: @JovankaBeckles) Views
Wednesday, October 24, 2018
Sorry Willie Brown, the Democratic Socialists Aren’t Leaving "Your" Party
In the October 20 “Willie’s World,” Willie Brown’s often surprisingly informative and entertaining San Francisco Chronicle column, the former San Francisco mayor and California Assembly speaker tells us that, “Democratic socialists are not Democrats. They run under the Democratic banner, but they...
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"From Agamemnon to Bush to Obama to Trump – none was willing or able to end a war they couldn’t win." (Photo: Tama Leaver/flickr/cc) Views
Tuesday, August 21, 2018
A Trojan Horse for the U.S.?
Every school child learns how military hardware has changed over the three thousand years since the Greeks besieged Troy – sword, shield, and spear to gun, tank and bomb. We spend relatively little time, though, asking how people’s attitudes toward their wars and enemies have changed – if they have...
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Thursday, July 19, 2018
May We Speak of Reason, Rather Than of Treason?
If we needed a reminder of why we might not be so quick to bandy about charges of treason—in regard to Donald Trump or anyone else—there came the obituary of one John A. Stormer, a name much less recognized than the book he wrote—“None Dare Call It Treason”—an “Influential Red Scare Book of the ‘...
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“Now we are 17 years straight in Afghanistan and this war has cost us over $1 trillion so far. These types of votes have real consequences on human life as well as our budget." (Photo: Kevin De León) Views
Thursday, May 24, 2018
The Afghanistan War and the California Senate Race
In his February state Democratic Convention speech, California Senate President Kevin DeLeon took U.S. Senator Diane Feinstein to task for her vote in favor of the Iraq War. No surprise there – he hopes to unseat the state’s senior U.S. Senator and candidates have frequently focused on opponents’...
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"Those dying as a result of American military actions appear to be serving the interest of maintaining American “credibility” – in other words, saving face for America’s political leaders, who do not wish to be responsible for recognizing the obvious and admitting that this war needs to end – immediately." (Photo: Afghanistan Civilian Funeral/@Emran_Feroz/Twitter) Views
Tuesday, March 06, 2018
California Democrats Call for End to Seemingly Endless Afghanistan War
The California Democratic Party has called for defunding the Afghanistan War, apparently the first state party to do so – in the war’s seventeenth year. At their San Diego convention last weekend, California Democrats adopted a platform advocating “ending air strikes in Afghanistan, ... a timetable...
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Thursday, August 24, 2017
If You Hate Donald Trump, Hate This War, Too
"We will never 'win' militarily in Afghanistan, nor can we kill our way to success." Retired Admiral James Stavridis made a lot of sense when he wrote these words for TIME magazine last May. Taken out of context, they might make one think that Stavridis, past NATO Supreme Allied Commander and...
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Friday, July 21, 2017
A Thought for Bernie Sanders: Maybe He Should Join the Democratic Party?
We all know how thoroughly Bernie Sanders shook up American politics, particularly within the Democratic Party, when he took his challenge to the generally unchallenged, and usually unspoken rule of big money in politics. Even now they’re starting to argue about whether he’s the party’s 2020...
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Saturday, July 08, 2017
Move to the Center! And Then? Move to the Center!
Whatever else you might want to say about the corporate types who dominate the Democratic Party, you’ve got to give some of them an “A” for audacity. The latest to register for top scores are Mark Penn and Andrew Stein who have raised the cry, “ Back to the Center, Democrats ” in a New York Times...
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