Category Archives: LIberals and Conservatives

Paul Horner Interview — Podcast February 6, 2017

Fake News, Satire, and the Bottom Line: What Paul Horner’s Fake News Tells Us About the Supposedly Ancient and Honorable Concept of Objective News Reporting. The Democratic Perspective tag-team talks to Paul Horner, (in)famous manufacturer of Internet hoaxes, about how our national political divisions … Continue reading

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President Obama’s Legacy — Podcast January 16, 2017

It Was the Best of Times, It Was the Worst of Times: Democratic Perspective Looks Back At the Obama Years. On the eve of President-Elect Trump’s inauguration, Mike Cosentino, Gary LaMaster, Klaus von Stutterheim, and Steve Williamson evaluate the successes and failures of President … Continue reading

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2016: Democratic Perspective’s Year In Review — Podcast January 2, 2017

Things Fall Apart; The Centre Cannot Hold: Democratic Perspective’s 2016 in Review. The Democratic Perspective crew contemplates a year that has changed everything, albeit not in the way that we’d hoped for when we went to the polls on November 8th. Those of us who still hold to the … Continue reading

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Election 2016: The End Game — Podcast October 17, 2016

22 Days To Go: Have We Reached Peak Ugly Yet? Democratic Perspective regulars Mike Cosentino, Gary LaMaster, and Steve Williamson, are joined by Susan Turnbull, former Vice-Chair of the Democratic National Committee, and former Chair of the DNC Women’s Caucus, for a discussion of … Continue reading

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The National Party Platforms: Haven’t We All Been Here Before? — Podcast August 8, 2016

The Democratic and Republican Party Platforms: Promises, Promises…. Democratic Perspective hosts Mike Cosentino, Gary LaMaster, and Steve Williamson take a closer look at the Democratic and Republican Party platforms. 51 and 58 pages, respectively, of wonkery, neither of which, if history is any guide, is likely to be … Continue reading

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The Democratic Convention: A Different America — Podcast August 1, 2016

The Democratic Party Holds Up Its Mirror To an America Which Isn’t Afraid, Isn’t Angry, and Isn’t All White or All Male: Democratic Perspective regulars Mike Cosentino, Gary LaMaster, and Steve Williamson review the Democrats’ vision of the American future. It’s quite a … Continue reading

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The Republican Convention: Postscriptum or Postmortem? — Podcast July 25, 2016

Peak Lunacy: Trump Takes the GOP Over the Edge. Democratic Perspective commentators Gary LaMaster, Chuck Williamson and Steve Williamson review the week Republicans succumbed to the right-wing populism they’ve been exploiting for almost 40 years. Their karma has just run over their dogma, and … Continue reading

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The Supreme Court, Political Polarization, and the Republican Meltdown — Podcast February 15, 2016

Justice Scalia R.I.P.: On a Scale of 1-10, the Crazy Hits 11. Democratic Perspective’s Gary LaMaster and Steve Williamson put on their welding goggles and look straight into the flaming looniness of the upcoming fight over Antonin Scalia’s replacement on the Supreme … Continue reading

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The State of the Union: A Study in Contrasts — Podcast January 18, 2016

President Obama vs. the Republican Mud-Wrestlers: Who’s Actually Worthy of Our Trust? Democratic Perspective reviews the state of the nation, and of our national politics. President Obama, in his State of the Union address, asks the American people to take seriously the issues … Continue reading

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Who Are These Lunatics, and Why Are They Running Things? The Freedom Caucus and the Demise of the Republican Party in the House — Podcast October 19, 2015

Rage, Ignorance, and Obstructionism in the House of Representatives: If Hating the Government Is the Only Qualification a Politician Needs to Get Elected to Congress, Maybe We’re in More Trouble Than We Thought. Paul Schwartz, publisher and democratic activist, pulls up … Continue reading

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