Carnival of Progressive Politics—September 2010 Edition
September 21, 2010
I keep thinking it’s the 1970s. High school boys have long hair again, just as they did when I went to high school in the 70s, and the clothes in the junior department look like the clothes I wore to high school. But it goes deeper than fashion. Our country is currently embroiled in 70s-like divisions over such social issues, as gay rights, and over energy conservation, as exemplified by the above picture of the solar panels placed in the White House roof by President Jimmy Carter and removed by President Ronald Reagan, whose administration cited cost efficiency as the reason at the time.
Thirty-five years after I graduated from high school, I expect the fashions to return; I don’t expect the bigotry and ignorance of an energy crisis to persist. Bill McKibben recently wrote this about the those iconic solar panels, and National Stonewall Democrats Executive Director Michael Mitchell had this to say today about the GOP’s plan to filibuster the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”:
To the GOP: Enough is enough. There’s political gamesmanship and there’s just plain lying.
Enough is more than enough—with the Muslim-hating, gay-hating, and climate-change-hating. And I could do without the platform shoes again, too.
Now, in all its glory, here is the September edition of the Carnival of Progressive Politics.
Scott Neigh writes about how Challenging Masculinity Is About Much More Than “Unloading This Junk” at A Canadian Lefty in Occupied Land.
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