2010 Post-Post-Election Analysis Analysis – Take Back Talking Points episode 14

December 11, 2010

This is episode 14 of Take Back Talking Points, your place for completely inconsistent, long-winded, zero-budget progressive media which is truly independent. Today Alex and Brendon talk about the 2010 election results and do a meta-analysis of the analysis of the election by the various talking heads wired into your everyday life.

We make up for lost time, this being the first episode in quite a while, by going off on several tangents and discussing a lot of interesting issues, including:

Pin the Bailout on the Donkey – how the Republicans turned the Bush bailouts into the Obama bailouts

The Big Lie – Is blatant lying more common in politics today?

Who really won the Senate, the Democrats, the Republicans, or Corporate America?

Will the Republican win in the House lead to more legislative gridlock or less?

Does talking about fascism automatically destroy political dialogue?

Why is Hitler our moral compass?

Big money invades the election system after the Citizens United v. FEC Supreme Court decision

Is the U.S. a nation addicted to war?

And much much more. You can download the audio podcast version here, view the YouTube playlist here, or view the embedded videos after the jump.

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A brief definitional note.

March 5, 2010

Dear everybody,

It seems like there is some confusion coming in from all reaches of the political spectrum as to what it means to be a progressive liberal, so here’s my view in brief.

Liberalism is not a lifestyle.  It’s an ideology.  It’s based on humanistic principles – liberty and equality.  If you stick a “neo” in front of it or qualify it in some other way, it stops being liberal.  A politician who disavows being a liberal is probably telling the truth.  It’s not a club.  It’s not about winning the competition on who can be the most politically correct.  It’s not new.  It’s what free democratic societies are founded on.  It’s not nationalist, but if your country merits it, it is patriotic.

Progressivism is not a cult.  It’s a political orientation.  It’s an effort to reflect liberal principles to political outcomes.  It’s not communism.  It’s practical, but it doesn’t compromise its principles, ally with whoever is in power, or constantly settle for the easy only-slightly-less-evil outcome, because progressivism seeks positive movement – it doesn’t settle for the status quo.
It’s not partisan, except to the extent that a particular party is progressive.  Progressivism isn’t monolithic; it’s not about adhering to a political doctrine – it’s about leveraging common ground.  It’s not about weakness, or being nice to people whose agenda harms others.  It’s not about staying above the fray, keeping one’s hands clean and staying on the sidewalk while getting nothing done.  It’s not about meekly accepting whatever the future might bring.  It’s about shaping the future together.  Progressivism pushes forward deliberately.  It’s aim is to improve society.

That’s all.

-Brendon


Joe Stack IRS Suicide Attack and Political Fallout – Take Back Talking Points episode 11

February 25, 2010

Who was Joseph Stack, and more importantly, how will he be viewed by the people? Will he be viewed as a hero, a villain, a terrorist, a freedom fighter, a left-wing liberal progressive, or a right-wing conservative teabagger?

In this episode of our progressive talk show Take Back Talking Points, we earnestly analyze Joseph Stack’s suicide attack on the IRS building in Austin, Texas. Having had some run-ins with the tax system in the past, and seemingly having had domestic problems as well, he burned down the house he shared with his wife and daughter, and attacked the IRS office in his airplane.

With his political views more complex and nuanced than the left/right paradigm, this man does not fit in on one side or the other. The immediate reaction from both sides has been mixed, a combination of trying to underplay the importance of this incident, and trying to pin the opposition’s flag on this man’s corpse and his crime.

Will others follow Joe Stack’s example? How do people react when they feel the system is designed to push the elites higher up and pull the common man down?

View the entire episode in playlist format here, download the mp3 audio podcast version here, or view the rest of the embedded videos after the jump.

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Joe Stack and Self-Determination, & The Difference Between Obama’s Lies and Bush’s Lies

February 19, 2010

A word on the breaking news, Joseph Stack attacks an IRS office in an airplane, seemingly because he felt like he had no voice in a corrupt government which served the rich and not the people. People lash out when they have no hope or feeling of self-determination and control over their lives, and this is just a particularly explosive example.

The main story, Obama lies vs. Bush lies, and why Bush can lie and break the law and destroy the Constitution with no reaction from his party, his base, or conservatives in general, while Obama can’t afford to run that kind of show because progressives actually care about that stuff.
In other words, Bush got away with lying because he was lying “for us”, from the conservative perspective. When what we progressives want is a more accountable and transparent government which serves the people, Obama can’t claim to be on our side when he lies and makes backroom deals.


Gov. Palin A Liberal? Sarah Joins Progressive Movement

February 13, 2010

In a surprising political about-face, Sarah Palin has decided to join the progressive movement. Apparently, someone showed her the polls and she realized that’s where the real populism was and she wanted to be a part of it. Interestingly, she offers some very strong advice for how progressives in America can organize to enact real change.

This video is in two parts, second part after the jump.

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Obama State of the Union Address 2010 With Commentary – Take Back Talking Points episode 9

February 10, 2010

The 2010 State of the Union Address with simultaneous commentary by Alex (Capitalocracy), Zach (FeelFreeToArgue), and Brendon (Funkalunatic), three YouTube vloggers appearing in a progressive talk show called Take Back Talking Points. This episode, we take back the State of the Union.

View the full episode in YouTube playlist format here, or view the rest of the videos after the jump.

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