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The Republican Party Stands for the Republican Party

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

So it looks like they finally found their red line.

Meaning the Republican Party. Tuesday, the GOP seems to have finally identified the barrier no Republican may be allowed to cross. Many of us had wondered where it was — or even if it was. We were genuinely, if morbidly, curious about what it would take to get the party to rebuke one of its ...Read more

Poor White People

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

Come and let us pity white people. They are the real victims here.

That, in essence, is the battle cry that’s powered much of American politics for the last 30 years, the last 15 in particular. It has echoed from the halls of government to the set of Fox “News” to the far-flung strands of the world wide web.

Poor white people. They are ...Read more

It's Different When It's Your Home

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

It’s different when it’s your home.

I speak from experience. For 46 years, I’ve made my living by expressing my opinions. And an opinion — at least when it’s on a matter of substance — is by definition a divisive thing. That’s why social etiquette requires that you steer clear of talking politics or religion with cocktail party ...Read more

If the Court Loses Its Legitimacy, Can Its Authority Be Far Behind?

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

To the Honorable Clarence Thomas, associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States:

Dear Sir:

Have you ever met your wife?

Yes, it’s an impudent question, but it seems justified by the speech you gave Friday at a judicial conference in Atlanta and a question-and-answer session that followed. In an obvious reference to the ...Read more

It’s Hard to Fight From a Crouch

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

So let’s talk about That Word.

Meaning the word the political left was using to define itself until the political right got hold of it and made it an object of ridicule. The word that quickly became unusable, even faintly embarrassing.

No, the word is not “woke.”

It is, rather, “liberal,” a word that, linguist Geoffrey Nunberg ...Read more

When You Stay Home on Election Day

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

“Maybe we need to blow this b--ch up.”

Five years ago, that was the considered opinion of comedian Mike Yard, a panelist on Larry Wilmore’s old Comedy Central program, “The Nightly Show.” It came as candidate Bernie Sanders absorbed a crushing primary defeat in New York and it was becoming clear he would not be the Democratic nominee ...Read more

A Few Words on Creating God

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

“I was a stranger, and you did not invite me in . . .”

Matthew 25:43

A few words on creating God.

Last week, Right Wing Watch, the liberal watchdog group, flagged online video of a recent interview with Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene by one Michael Voris of Church Militant, a far-right Catholic organization. In it, the ...Read more

A Bad Monday for Freedom

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

I’m probably out of step with many of you.

Everywhere I turn, folks are discussing Elon Musk’s purchase of Twitter. I certainly get it. After all, it was Monday’s biggest domestic story.

The sale sparked fears that the petulant billionaire will turn one of the world’s leading social-media platforms into an even greater transmitter of ...Read more

Democrats Should Challenge Republicans to Climb

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

She was just trying to defend herself.

It seems a Republican “colleague” had slimed Michigan state Sen. Mallory McMorrow in one of those ad hominem, free-of-facts, detached-from-reality, what-the-heck-are-you-even-talking-about attacks that have unfortunately become a staple of that party.

Specifically, Lana Theis, also a Michigan lawmaker...Read more

So-Called Conservatism Remains a Doctrine of Hate

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

Ilhan Omar was right. In fact, it’s not even close.

That will come as heresy and apostasy to those now feigning moral indignation over a tweet the Minnesota congresswoman sent out on Sunday. But that makes it no less true.

In the video Omar shared — about its origin, little is known — a man with a guitar stands in the aisle of a crowded ...Read more

The Republican Party is a Clear and Present Danger

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.” – James Baldwin

Here’s what we’re not going to do here.

We are not going to indulge the lazy rationalizations, false equivalence, cheap gaslighting and other forms of rhetorical chicanery that have become so common to political discourse in this...Read more

Who’s Next?

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

Last week, Texas gave us a glimpse of the future. It was not pretty.

It seems that on Thursday, a 26-year-old woman was arrested and charged with murder. Specifically, according to a statement from the Sheriff’s Department in tiny Starr County on the Mexican border, Lizelle Herrera “intentionally and knowingly” caused “the death of an ...Read more

Americans Have Lost the Willingness, Ability to Share a Common National Identity

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

We don’t need more unity.

Apologies to Sean Penn, who last week made an earnest case for that virtue in an appearance with — of all people — Sean Hannity on Fox “News.” The actor was discussing “what I experienced emotionally” in Ukraine, where he had been filming a documentary when Russia invaded.

“We all talk about how ...Read more

Call it a Stealth Coup

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

What if the coup already came and nobody noticed?

It sounds nonsensical, yes. How does a coup go unnoticed? The conventional wisdom, as we learn more about the election of 2020 and the insurrection of 2021, is that by the machinations of Ginni Thomas, Rudy Giuliani, Donald Trump and others, America came thisclose to suffering an extralegal ...Read more

Getting America to Do Right by Americans of Color

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

Two hundred times, they failed to get it done.

They failed after 1899. That was the year an African-American man named Sam Hose was massacred by a white mob near Newnan, Georgia, that castrated him, skinned his face, then cooked him alive over a fire and parceled out pieces of his body; his knuckles were offered for sale by a grocer in Atlanta....Read more

The Slap

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

Sorry, but there is no excuse.

Not that that’s stopped some people from trying to find one. And yes, in case you hadn’t figured it out, we’re talking about the event that has crowded out Ukraine, the pandemic and gas prices as the top topic of public conversation. Meaning, of course, The Slap.

And here begins perhaps the most unnecessary...Read more

Dear Sen. Booker: You Turned Ugliness Into Light

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

Dear New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker:

Some days, you are really irritating.

That’s because you insist on being a happy warrior in grumpy times. With that eternal, internal and, yes, infernal sunshine of yours, you are to the body politic as that 1-877-Kars4Kids ad would be to a man with a hangover.

You float on pink clouds of bipartisan ...Read more

Freedom of Speech is Not Freedom From Consequences

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

I could get fired for what I’m about to say.

Mind you, that’s not something I expect. I’m just saying it’s theoretically possible. Somebody could object and complain to my boss. Next time you see me, I’m standing on a median strip holding a sign: “Will Opine For Food.”

That would not thrill me, to say the least. But I long ago ...Read more

Leonard Pitts Jr.: A war against your lying eyes

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

When Russian bombs began to fall on Ukraine, Julia Tymoshenko called her aunt in Moscow.

She told her about spending a night in the basement as explosions thundered overhead. Her aunt was unimpressed. “Well, you don’t know who did that,” she said. “We’re seeing one thing on the news, you’re seeing another thing on the news.”

...Read more

Kinzinger's Apology Too Little Too Late?

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

So, what shall we make of Rep. Kinzinger’s apology?

Adam Kinzinger, Republican from Illinois, took to Twitter last Friday with a remarkable statement of contrition for failing to hold the last president accountable. He wrote that his “biggest regret” was his decision to vote against Donald Trump’s first impeachment. “The bottom line, ...Read more



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