The second edition of a new, progressive online ezine is out with more interesting content and thought provoking ideas. Among the articles this month is an interview with Chuck Pennacchio, Executive Director of Healthcare4allPA. An excerpt:
"The medical delivery system has been hijacked and virtually destroyed by what I call the Medical Industrial Complex, which smacks of the Military Industrial Complex comparison which Eisenhower laid out in 1961. It’s the collusion that goes on among and between the private health insurance industry, the pharmaceutical industry and their allies, their allies in the media, their allies in politics, their allies in ostensibly non-profit organizations such as the Farm Bureau, AARP, the American Medical Association and so forth, organizations that are simply perpetuating this system that has broken down."
"The Sleep of Reason," by Eric Johnson discusses creationism and intelligent design:
"The political influence of conservative Christians makes itself felt in more profound ways than social issues such as gay and reproductive rights. It has contributed process in American culture that Phillips describes as “disenlightenment” whereby evidence that contradicts what one wants to believe is willfully suppressed or ignored and science is placed on an equal footing with religious doctrine."
There's also a great interview with my good friends Rosie Skomitz and Ron Stauffer. Rosie taught with my Mom at one time when she was a young teacher. They are a great couple, dedicated activists and true friends:
CS2: How do you think that politics have changed from those years, the Vietnam years to what we have now.
Ron: I don’t see any changes. I think the same government that was telling us we had to go to war then is telling us we have to go to war now. I don’t think the reasons were valid then. I don’t think the reasons are valid now. I think that a lot of the war fever in our country is done on behalf of the large corporations in order to make money. Corporate welfare.
Rosie: I would agree with everything that Ron said and would add I think what’s different is that we have the internet, and that has connected us with more people. Back then everyone thought they were alone. And now we know we’re not. If there’s one thing that’s good about George W. Bush it’s that I know you, Chuck, and I know a lot of people that I wouldn’t have without him. In that respect (laughter) he is the great uniter.
Chuck Brown, the publisher of Common Sense 2 does some good interviews. Another example is this one with Mike Morrill, candidate for State Representative in the 127th District:
"Anybody can put Democrat after their name. I believe in being a Democrat that starts with a capital “D.” Embracing democracy. Being a Democrat means more than just calling yourself a Democrat. There are certain values that the Democratic Party has that go back to the 1930s and the Roosevelt revolution. That is, standing up for working people and supporting unions. Now Tom Caltagirone has been very good at supporting unions. However, some general concepts–issues that stand up for working people–he hasn’t done that. For example, on issues of fighting racism by standing up for the rights of minorities, or women’s rights–issues that have been championed by the Democratic Party–Tom’s views on these issues are the opposite of what the Democratic Party stands for and are more in line with the Republican Party. On issues of concern to gays, women, and minorities, Tom holds Republican views. Tom got an 80 percent rating from Pat Robertson’s Christian Coalition–the highest of any Democrat in Pennsylvania. That’s who he is. There’s a website called Dino-Tom which describes Tom’s Republican-like attributes. If you look at issue after issue, the voting record is not what you think of when you think Democrat."
There's also an interview with a blogger if you'd like to discover a bit more about me:
"We can remind the voters of all the things liberalism has accomplished. How every part of their lives has been affected positively by the liberal agenda. The forty hour work week, fair working conditions, overtime pay, Workers’ Compensation. These have all been causes championed by liberals. One thing we need to do is take the demonization out of the word liberal. Redefine it to what it really means. Democrats need to embrace their liberalism; that we stand for something and it is constructive. Howard Dean showed in 2004 that the online community can raise millions of dollars. It’s at the point now where major powers cannot ignore the online progressive community. If they do, they do it at their peril."
Common Sense2 is rapidly developing a following and I recommend it to all. Supporting efforts like this helps the movement tremendously. There's much more at the ezine website so go spend a bit of time reading.