The progressive e-zine Common Sense 2 is up with all new content. I'm quickly beginning to look forward tot he first of each month and a new edition of this fine web publication. Please take some time and go read these excellent articles. Their traffic is increasing considerably every month and people are finding this e-zine and telling their friends.
Sierra Gladfelter writes about Hillary Clinton and why, just being a woman doesn't qualify her to be president:
"Although having a woman in the White House would appear to be a step forward in the democratic quest for equality and women’s rights, I do not believe that voting a woman in solely based on her sex would do any justice to our foremothers who fought for women’s suffrage. What would make having a woman president such an accomplishment would be the fact that she was chosen based on her morals and ideals regardless of her gender."
Also on the subject of Hillary Karen O'Mara Voytas writes about the McCain campaign appearance where she was called a b*tch:
"As a man widely hailed for his character and rectitude, I expected Senator McCain to denounce his supporter’s sexist characterization of another candidate, and to proclaim that obscenity and name-calling have no place in a civilized democratic election. (Really. I did. I am not being disingenuous for effect. If naïve, I am sincerely naïve). Granted, he was put on the spot and flustered, but people running for or serving as president have more challenging situations than this to deal with. At the very least, he could have given some indication that he did not support such a characterization rather than yukking it up and immediately acknowledging that the b*tch was, indeed, Hillary Clinton."
Publisher Chuck Brown does part 3 of his excellent series The Path to the Voter:
"Dennis Kucinich is a presidential candidate who should be strapped to a chair, have his eyes propped open with toothpicks and be forced to watch the Dukakis-Shaw exchange over and over again until he gets it. Here’s a candidate who’s great on the issues and knows what he believes. His supporters believe that if only the public could hear Dennis, if only the media would stop marginalizing him, the public could find him. They’re wrong. The biggest obstacle to Dennis becoming president is Dennis. He has no clue about the path to the voter."
Dr. Michele Ramsey debunks the Fox News "War on Christmas:"
"Detractors of the “War on Christmas” rhetoric should also pay attention to the double standards that abound in these arguments. For example, the “War on Christmas” crowd regularly communicates (explicitly or implicity) that those who believe or feel that they are being discriminated against as Christians exist as actual evidence of harm. But strangely (and hypocritically, I’d add), those non-Christians who feel left out amongst all of the Christmas regalia are met with indifference when they feel excluded. Similarly, citizens like myself who are concerned about a weakening separation between church and state are repeatedly deemed anti-Christian, anti-Christmas, and radical, but those who fight to maintain Christian dominance are “hypervigilant” rather than “pro-Christian” - and they are certainly never deemed members of the radical Right."
In her monthly column The Road Less Traveled, Kathleen Welch discusses fundamentalism:
"I was talking with a friend, Rick, recently about the fundamentalist mentality. We decided that the major components of it were the beliefs that 1) there is only one way to behave; 2) the one way applies to everyone, no exceptions; 3) I know what the one way is; and 4) if you have a different way, you’re wrong. We observed that fundamentalism was alive and well in politics (both Left and Right), in religion, of course, in social ethics, international relations, family/spousal relations, the medical field, education … well, everywhere humans interact.
There is this intrinsic need to be right. Most of the time it takes precedence over being happy. For fundamentalists, it always does, poor things. They tend to be a sexually repressed lot."
There's much more but you'll have to go read the rest of all these articles and enjoy the magazine.