I can't recall another Republican Convention more full of lies, demagogy, sexism and racism as the one just concluded in Tampa.
Seven years later, the downtown and North Side sections still had pockets of the upwardly mobile, but the hustle and bustle had definitely diminished.
Mitt Romney is a tax dodger. That's according to 950 pages of confidential financial documents about his offshore Cayman Island investments.
Every inch of social progress secured in the course of struggle over the past several decades is subject to reversal in the event of a government takeover by the Republican Party.
In September 2009, Van Jones stepped down as Special Advisor under a barrage of right-wing criticism of his youthful flirtation with leftist politics.
Fierce opposition to women's reproductive rights, including the right to decide whether or not to bear a child, has been the agenda of the Republican Party for quite some time now.
The strategy and tactics of this time means defeating Romney/Ryan and re-electing Obama/Biden. The alternative is moving further in negative territory.
As we roll, or descend, into another presidential campaign, we have once again an opportunity to think about the qualities that we look for in our leader.
While Romney's camp calls his trip "a great success," it appears to have been anything but successful. In a trip that should have been a breeze, he has succeeded in angering our closest ally, as well as liberals and conservatives alike.
Democracy was never a gift bestowed on the multitude by the top layers of our society, either at the country's founding or in its subsequent history.