Douglass could have despaired over Lincoln's inconsistent anti-slavery credentials, but he didn't. The left should take a page from his book for 2016.
If the "playing field" is to be level for African-Americans, those who profited from slavery and racism must make amends. Yes, I mean reparations.
American politics is conducted in a two-party, winner-take-all system. We have to play the cards dealt as we fight to change the rules of the game.
I'll start by saying I don't believe in utopia, and I don't trust utopians.
Win or lose, American politics will never be the same again because radical new ideas have been discussed widely and new forces have energized the electoral arena.
Sanders is setting an example for a new form of political independence. Hopefully his supporters are all getting the message.
"Instead of going in to work at Verizon, I stood outside with a picket sign. I'm on strike because it's time for you to listen to us."
The F-word is back - no, not that F-word - the other one: fascism; and no one can take more credit for its comeback than Donald Trump.
The eight-day Jewish festival of Passover begins Friday night in the Jewish year 5776.
The essence of socialism is the replacement of the capitalist class and private corporate power by the working class and allied forces.