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America the Progressive

I've begun a new blog to replace Restitutor Orbis. It was a choice of trying to change the direction of that blog or outright replacing it and I went with the latter option. I feel the only real hope at this point for America is a return to the Enlightenment - a Progressive Renaissance - thus the name. The call for change has gone missing, as has change itself, except incrementally.

My new article there is America the Progressive, a refutation of claims put forward by The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History.

We're Taking Back Our Nation

My new guest-post is up at God's Own Party? - We're Taking Back Our Nation.

Back to the 30s: National Socialist and Republican Discourse 5

Part 5 of my series examining the similarities between Republican and National Socialist Discourse is now up on

Note: Part 4 was published yesterday here

Back to the 30’s: National Socialist and Republican Discourse 3

Part 3 of my series, Back to the 30's: National Socialist and Republican Discourse, is now on

Back to the 30’s: National Socialist and Republican Discourse 2

Part II of my examination of the similarities between National Socialist and Republican discourse is now on NewsJunkiePost.

Redux - Back to the 30’s: National Socialist and Republican Discourse 1

This piece, previously appearing on ProgressiveNation is now, for technical reasons, appearing on NewJunkiePost

The second and third parts of the series will appear over the next couple of days - Thursday and Friday morning.

Lost in the Aether

A Heathen's Day is temporarily out of action due to technical issues related to the host. I hope it will be back up soon, but I can only guarantee that it WILL be back up. The question of "when" is iffy. I'm looking into some options right now, including GoDaddy (which hosts and Network Solutions. For the duration of the blog's downtime, A View From the Bog will be my home.

Mythical America

I have written a new piece, Mythical America. It has been posted at Gods Own Party (the title above will also link you to it).

Back to the 30’s: National Socialist and Republican Discourse 1

My new piece, "Back to the 30’s: National Socialist and Republican Discourse 1" has been published by ProgressiveNation. It is the first in a series of articles examining the similarities between National Socialist and Republican discourse and making a comparison between tactics used by the Brownshirts (Storm Troopers) and the Tea Party movement.

Update 12.9.09 5:53 AM: ProgressiveNation is temporarily out of service due to the same technical issues that put A Heathen's Day down. I have created a mirror site for this post at RestitutorOrbis until the issue can be resolved.

Let them eat cake...and we', eat it too!

The Nation is reporting a brilliant little piece of statesmanship by Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio). I haven't gotten too much into the healthcare debate here but something this precious can really make your morning.

The story concerns two Republican senators outsmarting themselves. It's like the plot from a novel. Intended to put Democrats who support the Public Option on the spot, they instead put themselves on the spot thanks to the quick with of Sherrod Brown, who was Johnny-on-the-spot when the idiocy hit the floor.

As the Nation reports, "Regal Republicans Senators who willingly accept government pay, government staff and government-organized and funded health care benefits are so sure that Americans would not want to enjoy the perks they have come to expect are sponsoring an amendment that would require members of Congress to sign up for whatever public option that is developed under health care reform legislation."

Fair enough. They seem to be saying, "put your money where your mouth is." It never occured to either of the bill's sponsors, Oklahoma's Tom Coburn and Louisiana David Vitter, that they might be the ones forced to stick their feet in their mouths.

They just figured that the Public Health option "would suck so horribly that no senator or congressman would want to be a part of it."


Here's what Vitter said: "The idea, broad-brush, is that whatever government option is in the bill, every senator and every representative should be enrolled in it. No other possibilities, no other choices."

And Coburn: "It's called leadership. If it's good enough for everybody else, we ought to be leading by example."

Enter from stage left, Sherrod Brown: "A key Democratic senator, Ohio's Sherrod Brown, contacted the two Republicans and said he would be delighted to cosponsor their bill and live by its requirements."

He's not alone. Oregon Democrat Ron Wyden said "he was inclined to do the same."

As The Nation reports, "Coburn and Vitter weren't counting on that kind of support."
"I've called their offices four times (trying to sign on as a supporter of the amendment)," Brown said Thursday. "I'm proud of the public option, I think it would be great and we ought to join it and show the country how good it is. I think my interest may be more genuine than theirs, but I'd like to work with them if they'll let me. If they just want to score partisan points, I still want to work with them."

You can bet they wish they'd never opened their mouths. They were too sure of themselves, and now the best they can do is to try to pretend Brown doesn't exist. Being studiously ignored, Brown did the only thing he could do:
On Friday, Brown went to the floor of the Senate and asked for unanimous consent to have his name added to the Coburn-Vitter amendment as a co-sponsor.

The Republican masterminds who had so deftly outsmarted themselves were forced to accept him. As The Nation says,if the other Democrat senators jump on board, we will be gauranteed a "robust, well-operated and closely scrutinized by policymakers."

Sometimes life throws you these little gems. It's left to us to savor them.

Brilliant Climate Campaign

Aged Obama Poster Says "I´m Sorry" For Not Doing More in Copenhagen