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Let us, then, draw together in the name, not of jingoism, but of justice

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Democracy is the most realistic way for diverse peoples to resolve their differences, and share power, and heal social divisions without violence or repression.

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Democracy is noisy.

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Democracy needs support and the best support for democracy comes from other democracies.

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Freedom of expression is the foundation of human rights, the source of humanity and the mother of truth.

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The advance of freedom is the great story of our time

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Segal, Scott

Aug 03, 2011

There’s two parts of legislating. There's the hard part of bringing legislation through regular order and then you have the hurry up offense of actually passing it once the opportunity presents itself.

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Turner, Nina

Mar 26, 2012

Women should not need a permission slip from government to take care of their own reproductive health.

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If we can all agree that having tens of millions of people uninsured is not just a national disgrace but also an unfair financial burden for people who do have insurance, then one of our priorities must be to extend coverage to as many people as we can.

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Wishing for the end to AIDS and extreme poverty in Africa is like wishing that gravity didn’t make things so damn heavy. We can wish it, but what the hell can we do about it?

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Nov 30, 2011

The United States performed the greatest act of heroism since it jumped into World War II. When the history books are written, they will show that millions of people owe their lives to the Yankee tax dollar, to just a fraction of an aid budget that is itself less than 1 percent of the federal budget.

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The push for a cure might seem even less urgent now that antiretroviral drugs have turned H.I.V. infection from a near-certain death sentence to a chronic disease for many people. But the drugs are not available to everyone, and they do not eliminate the infection.

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This is America, and we don’t restrict our battles over people’s sex lives to 11 months a year

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As we celebrate the defeat of this extremist legislation, it's important to remember the lessons of Mississippi going forward: that Personhood lost -- in large part -- due to highly effective messaging that framed the measure as what it actually was -- government overreach trampling on what should be personal decisions.

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Lowder, J Bryan

Dec 09, 2011

Pretending yet again that young women are nonsexual creatures in need of protection from foul sexual influences is an effective strategy for appeasing one segment of the American public. But denying what appears to be the strongest kind of scientific consensus may do more reputational harm than political good.

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Marcotte, Amanda

Nov 10, 2011

[T]here's a genuine disconnect between the anti-choice movement and people who identify as ‘pro-life’ but aren't in the movement. …[S]aying you're ‘pro-life’ is more about marking you as a member of a tribe, pledging fealty to your faith or to your identity as a ‘conservative,’ for a lot of people.

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My whole life, I had been doing everything everybody told me. I went to the right school. I got really good grades. I got all the internships. Then, I couldn’t do anything.

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We politicians, I believe, have colluded far too long with the media. We rely on them. We seek their favor. We live, we die politically because of what they write and what they show, and sometimes that means we are not courageous or spineful enough to stand up when wrong has occurred.

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Memo to young journalists: Democratic victories are always ascribed to hope; Republican ones to rage.

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The greatest threat facing American today - next to voter fraud, the Western Pinebark beetle, and the memory foam mattress - is the national news media.

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