Talking Left this week was filled with 4 great guests! Their brilliant commentary helped us pull together our newest theory - The new three-legged Republican stool. The GOP used to stand for strong defense, a strong economy, and strong social policies. Today, they simply lie, cheat, and steal.
First we were joined by Stacy Davis-Gate, the political activities director for Chicago Teachers Union, to discuss the on-going strike in one of the nation's largest school districts. We proudly stand with the teachers of Chicago in their fight! Not only do they represent the teachers, parents, and students in their district, but their action will have national implications for union and non-union workers everywhere. It's people like these teachers that are putting up the biggest fight against those that attempt to cheat us out of fair working conditions and decent pay.
Next, we spoke with author, comedian, and activist Lee Camp about one of his latest Moments of Clarity Podcast episodes. Lee's theory that we're living in a world of zombies not only holds up to describe those people mindlessly watching their electronic devices, but also to the mindless statements of politicians we hear on a regular basis.
After that, Brad Friedman, defender of our democratic voting rights and editor-in-chief of The Brad Blog, helped us sort through many of the recent updates in voting laws. Although Brad informed us of a few "wins" for democracy in Texas, Minnesota, and California, he also explained the need to carefully monitor the on-going attempt to steal the upcoming election.
To round out our three-legged stool theory, Eric Boehlert, Senior Fellow at Media Matters For America, helped us point out the latest and largest Republican lies. Besides Paul Ryans "truth-challenged" acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention, the recent whopper about Obama "sympathizing" with those that attacked the Libyan Embassy really highlights what the right does best - lie.
As always, thanks for listening!