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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“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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Wednesday, March 22, 2017
The Democratic Party Left After the Ellison DNC Campaign: Unite or Fight?
One thing to keep in mind about the recent Thomas Perez–Keith Ellison race for Democratic National Committee chair is that it was pretty much an only-in-America sort of thing. Were we in any kind of parliamentary system – like most countries have – the two sides would probably be in different...
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Tuesday, February 21, 2017
The Stakes in the Race for Democratic National Committee Chair
One leading candidate for Democratic National Committee Chair recently said, "We heard loudly and clearly yesterday from Bernie supporters that the process was rigged and it was. And you've got to be honest about it. That's why we need a chair who is transparent." In a contest as hotly contested as...
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Sunday, February 19, 2017
The Stakes in the Race for Democratic National Committee Chair
One leading candidate for Democratic National Committee Chair recently said, "We heard loudly and clearly yesterday from Bernie supporters that the process was rigged and it was. And you've got to be honest about it. That's why we need a chair who is transparent." In a contest as hotly contested as...
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Monday, November 14, 2016
Donna Brazile Needs to Leave the DNC—Right Now
The race to head the Democratic National Committee is on. The decision of both outgoing Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid and his presumptive successor Chuck Schumer to endorse the candidacy of Rep. Keith Ellison – one of the few members of Congress to support the candidacy of Bernie Sanders – is a...
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Thursday, October 13, 2016
If You Mean It, Hillary Clinton, Say It Loud
In an email released by WikiLeaks, one Hillary Clinton advisor claimed the campaign was so uninspired that he was “ petrified that Hillary is almost totally dependent on Republicans nominating Trump .” Of course, they did nominate Trump. And it may well be that the man known to claim that he could...
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