Category: Politics

  • I am anti-fascist. Trump thinks that makes me a terrorist

    I am anti-fascist. Trump thinks that makes me a terrorist

    When Donald Trump was first elected, I joked to my family that should I disappear, they ought to look for me in a gulag in the Utah desert. I was convinced a man with authoritarian leanings would attempt to crack down on free speech, especially from those of us opposed to his racist regime. It […]

  • Killing All The Right People

    Killing All The Right People

    In a 1987 episode of Designing Women, a show about four interior decorators in Atlanta, the titular characters discover a good friend is gay and dying of AIDS. They are naturally distraught, but one of their customers is smug and satisfied. In a diatribe about how AIDS is God’s punishment for homosexuality, the bigoted belle […]

  • Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders are both terrible candidates, but they don’t have to be. Here’s what they should do to beat Donald Trump.

    Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders are both terrible candidates, but they don’t have to be. Here’s what they should do to beat Donald Trump.

    With Elizabeth Warren’s departure from the Democratic primary, it is officially a two-man race for the nomination. A two old, crotchety man race. Yes, Tulsi Gabbard is still in, but unless she pulls the biggest political upset in American history either Joe Biden or Bernie Sanders will be the party’s nominee. I don’t think either […]

  • I was a Pete Buttigieg supporter. Now I’m not voting.

    I was a Pete Buttigieg supporter. Now I’m not voting.

    It still hurts. I thought if I slept on it I might feel better, but I don’t. Hell, I barely slept last night, tossing and turning until 3:00 in the morning. For those of us who supported Pete Buttigieg, who last night suspended his campaign and will no longer seek the Democratic nomination, today is […]

  • Requiem for Pete Buttigieg

    Requiem for Pete Buttigieg

    “Being open about my sexual orientation at school – and the hell that goes along with it – is not only the right thing to do, but the only thing to do.” I wrote those words in my diary in 2003. I was running for student body president as the only openly gay student in […]

  • It’s time to sling some mud at Bernie Sanders

    It’s time to sling some mud at Bernie Sanders

    It’s no secret that Bernie Sanders is a democratic socialist. He wears the red rosette proudly. I like that about him—in fact, his policies might be the only thing I like about him. We are, broadly, in agreement on taxing the wealthy, healthcare that is free at the point of access, and universal Pre-K and […]

  • Responding to #QueersAgainstPete and their baseless attacks on Pete Buttigieg

    Responding to #QueersAgainstPete and their baseless attacks on Pete Buttigieg

    A new group, “Queers Against Pete,” has popped up in the Twittersphere. They have a website (which you can check out at www.queersagainstpete.com) and an open letter which you can sign, if you wish. However, before you do that, I’d like to offer my line by line rebuttal. There are some serious errors, omissions, and […]

  • Like Romney and Jones

    Like Romney and Jones

      I hope, in times of great challenge, I have as much conviction, integrity, and courage as Mitt Romney and Doug Jones. I hope I have the conviction to know what is right, even if others do not. I hope I have the integrity to say what is right, even if it is hard. I […]

  • Low voter turnout in Iowa should concern Democrats

    Low voter turnout in Iowa should concern Democrats

    We can’t win with 2016 levels of enthusiasm, and we can’t win with 2016 turnout. While candidates and party officials lament the shitshow that was the Iowa Caucuses, they ought to be less concerned with who won than who didn’t show up.

  • Skylar reads… “Shortest Way Home” by Pete Buttigieg

    Skylar reads… “Shortest Way Home” by Pete Buttigieg

    “Skylar reads…” is a new series of book reviews by writer Skylar Baker-Jordan. Each book will be scored on a scale of “one book” to “five books”, with five being the best. I picked up Shortest Way Home by Pete Buttigieg for the reason most people will have bought the book—to get to know him […]