There was one victory the neo-Confederate Republicans can claim that even the old Confederacy could not: the ability to shutdown the federal government, a symbol of their supreme distaste for both union and democracy.
They didn't wear jackboots, but the shutdown of government by an extremist faction of the Republican Party can only be described as a new phase in a very American coup.
The antics of GOP Senator Ted Cruz are only the latest example of an effort to pull the political discourse further to the right.
The 30-year project of the Republicans and ultra-conservatives to crush civil rights took a qualitative leap forward when the Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act of 1965 in a 5-4 decision announced on June 25.
One of the numerous "scandal" stories in the news this week is the revelation that the IRS supposedly "targeted" conservative political groups for special attention and tax audits.
The Second Amendment continues to provide cover for racism just as its original intent was to protect slavery.
What a beautiful image of the first family and the president guiding our nation to a better place.
The preident laid out confidently - at times defiantly - a list of policy choices anathema to Republicans who tried to block every piece of progressive legislation during his first term.
For the past year the left has debated the merits of participation in the election process. As you might expect, not everyone is on the same page.
In the middle of last year, due to a traffic violation, I spent a few months as a guest of our local county correctional facility.