Daily Kos

By Tom Johnson | August 30, 2013 | 10:14 PM EDT

Almost all of today's conservatives believe that their predecessors in the 1950s and '60s should not have opposed the civil-rights movement. Plenty of liberals counter that the right's wrongness on racial matters is by no means a thing of the past. This week, three Daily Kos writers advanced that idea.

Laura Clawson asserted on Monday that "for a hundred years after the Civil War, white people gave themselves the most extreme form of affirmative action by law and at gunpoint. Then for 50 years, they've insisted that any real steps to undo that damage were unfair."

By Tom Johnson | August 16, 2013 | 6:33 PM EDT

Sometimes liberals engage conservatives in a substantive debate about the issue at hand. Other times they just call them stupid. It happened twice on Daily Kos this past Sunday.

That morning, Mark Sumner portrayed the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) as an enabler of dumb (and lazy) Republicans:

By Jack Coleman | August 5, 2013 | 12:35 PM EDT

It would be so refreshing if liberals simply came out and admitted their ardor for censoring conservative opinion. Instead, they hide behind transparent ploys such as pressuring companies that advertise with conservatives in media. Either way, their goal is to silence dissent, which they otherwise revere when bleated from them.

Latest example -- the easily irritated kultural kommissars at Daily Kos, along with compatriots from a left-wing pressure group called Credo Action, running an online petition calling on Rush Limbaugh's advertisers to pull their ads from his radio show.

By Tom Johnson | August 3, 2013 | 6:45 AM EDT

Kossacks have long been divided over which is more contemptible: Fox News, or the Fox News audience? Two DKos bloggers came down on marginally different sides of the question this past week.
In a Wednesday post, Jesse LaGreca of Occupy Wall Street fame, whose nom de blog is "MinistryOfTruth," played up the network's supposed role as enabler and mainstreamer of violent racism:

By Tim Graham | July 31, 2013 | 8:37 AM EDT

Several Daily Kosmonauts were furious with CNN anchor Don Lemon for joining Bill O’Reilly in suggesting black kids could straighten up and hike up their saggy pants. “Vyan” even suggested that Don and Bill want all black kids to be “Steve Urkel” from the Nineties sitcom “Family Matters.”

He hit Lemon because “He jumped right in the middle of cage match between O'Reilly and anyone serious about Civil Rights. Now he's O'Reilly's Special Look-I'm-Really-Really-Not-A-Bigot Black Friend.  Don's even getting Love Tweets From Geraldo.  Yes, it's that bad.  The Dark Side is growing strong with this one.” 

By Tom Johnson | July 27, 2013 | 10:31 AM EDT

The left often alleges that conservatives don't merely dislike government but deliberately undermine it for political or financial gain (and sometimes both). Daily Kos blogger Mark Sumner chimed in to that effect this past Sunday.
Sumner writes that conventional wisdom blames "rising incivility" and "simple intransigence" for Washington's failure to accomplish much of anything, but that in reality the central issue is "sabotage. 2013 Republicans are the 1919 Black Sox of politics, and the fix is in."  This deliberate destabilization, Sumner argues, started more than three decades ago:

By Tom Johnson | July 20, 2013 | 6:46 AM EDT

The Daily Kos gang reacted quickly, and kept reacting, to last Saturday night's verdict in the George Zimmerman trial. A frequent theme was that both Zimmerman and those who endorsed his acquittal were motivated by fear and loathing of blacks.

"JPax" argued on Sunday that not only Zimmerman but also his diversity-hating sympathizers should have a certain candy repeatedly thrown at them:

By Tom Johnson | July 6, 2013 | 9:33 AM EDT

Many (though by no means all) liberals don't see liberalism as an ideology, but rather as plain old human decency and common sense. Daily Kos blogger Ed Martin took that viewpoint to an extreme this past Tuesday.

Martin doesn't think Republicans are qualified to call him and his ilk liberals. He wonders, "Why should any rational person allow themselves to be defined by people who have been wrong about everything?...[P]eople who proudly demonstrate their pathologies, sociopathy and psychopathy, every day."

By Jack Coleman | July 5, 2013 | 5:40 PM EDT

Hard to believe, but there's actually a left-wing media outlet that makes MSNBC appear sane by comparison.

If you've never visited Daily Kos, I wish I could say you're in for a treat. Alas, that's unlikely to be true. Instead, you'll probably want to shower after dropping by, lest any of its peculiar odor linger.

By Tom Johnson | July 1, 2013 | 10:09 AM EDT

Jesse LaGreca became a minor celebrity in the fall of 2011 thanks to his TV appearances on behalf of Occupy Wall Street. (You may remember him for his cap, a Union Army kepi that made him look like a one-man Civil War reenactment.)

LaGreca is a longtime blogger for Daily Kos under the byline "MinistryOfTruth," and this past Wednesday he loosed another of his rants, this one declaring that while he used to merely despise what the GOP stood for, he now hates Republicans themselves and thinks the party is a "psychotic cult."

By Tom Johnson | June 22, 2013 | 10:16 AM EDT

They say one man's trash is another man's treasure, and while most people are happy that Communism rests in the ash heap of history, a Daily Kos blogger opined this past Wednesday that it didn't deserve such a sad fate, at least in America.

"gjohnsit" remarked that many idealistic young adults are abandoning the Democratic Party because it's "center-right" rather than left-wing, and wondered, "How did we arrive at this point?" He contends that the crucial developments were two purges of Communism and other hard-left groups from American political life:

By Tim Graham | June 15, 2013 | 7:15 AM EDT

In the wake of the new leaks about NSA surveillance, the Daily Kos wants the entire War on Terrorism repealed as a vast violation of American civil liberties.

Terrorism, scherrorism, says "Letsgetitdone." We lose many more Americans due to "gun violence" and the "lack of health insurance," so losing 3,000 people on 9/11 is just a smear on the national windshield: