Superman, Mark Twain, and Lawrence Lessig: Congress Is The Light That Never Goes On

A few days ago, I posted a link to this piece by Lawrence Lessig.  It's something of a love letter to Newt Gingrich in which Lessig blames the former Speaker  for most of Washington's current dysfunction.  According to Lessig, Newt was the architect of the current winner-take-all, reelection obsessed profanities posing as politics.  I'm not … Continue reading Superman, Mark Twain, and Lawrence Lessig: Congress Is The Light That Never Goes On

Americans Elect: Common Ground Between Tea Partiers and Occupiers of Good Will?

Our good friend Chad alerted me to the Americans Elect project a few months ago in a comment here on The Daily Cocca.  Americans Elect aims to by-pass the major parties and nominate a centrist candidate directly on the internet.  I love the concept, and yesterday's post about the Tea Party and Occupy needing to … Continue reading Americans Elect: Common Ground Between Tea Partiers and Occupiers of Good Will?

Dear Occupy and Tea Party: Let’s Do This Thing Together

I support Occupy Wall Street.  I'm also hip to the fact that Wall Street occupies both sides of Congress and, let's be honest, the war chests of everyone (everyone) (update: my bad, not EVERYONE) running for President. I was talking with a friend today about the differences and similarities between Occupy and the Tea Party.  … Continue reading Dear Occupy and Tea Party: Let’s Do This Thing Together

We Must Become the Shire: American Spring, Dr. King, and Please, God, Something Different

Last week's post, "How Broken are OurPolitics? Will Gen-X Save the World?" generated a lot of discussion and creativity.  A good friend of mine, one of those Boomers who do amazing things for their communities and in the lives of people, suggested (via Facebook) a new political model based on the communal virtues of JRR … Continue reading We Must Become the Shire: American Spring, Dr. King, and Please, God, Something Different