Penn Democrats Endorses John Fetterman

While there are a number of qualified candidates in the crowded primary for Lieutenant Governor, Penn Democrats is proud to officially endorse John Fetterman, mayor of Braddock, in the Democratic primary. Mayor Fetterman may not look like a typical politician, but he has dedicated his life to public service. After graduating from Albright College, Fetterman joined the Big Brothers/Big Sisters program where he helped an 8-year-old boy whose parents were both suffering from AIDS fulfill his lifelong goal of graduating college. He then moved to Pittsburgh to teach GED classes in the Hill District, one of Read more…

The Death Penalty is Unjust and Immoral, and Democrats Must Acknowledge That

The death penalty has been a controversial issue for decades, but unlike many other issues it does not have a clear partisan divide one way or the other. Typically, more Democrats than Republicans oppose the death penalty, but 32 percent of Democrats still support the death penalty, and among its supporters are the last two Democratic presidents and 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. While President Obama called the death penalty “deeply troubling,” he still states he supports it “in theory” and took virtually no steps to revoke it. The issue was only brought up once Read more…

The Democratic Party Cannot Abandon Identity Politics

Going into the 2018 midterm elections and the 2020 presidential election, a big conflict for the Democratic Party, one which began to emerge in the 2016 primary and the general election, is how the party is going to address “identity politics,” issues that focus on the rights of specific groups of people. After the 2016 election, I, like a lot of people, had the general impression that one of the reasons that Hillary Clinton lost was not only because of Donald Trump’s ability to build support by scapegoating certain groups of people, but also because she Read more…

The Supreme Court Must Rule Against Discrimination

In 2015, Republican appointed Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy made history when he voted with Liberal justices in Obergefell v. Hodges, the case that legalized gay marriage nationwide.  This was a landmark case for the gay civil rights and its decision came down to Kennedy’s single vote. Later this year, Kennedy will cast an equally important deciding vote in a case that will determine whether or not discrimination is protected under the constitution. This case revolves around a Colorado baker named Jack Phillips, the owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop, a bakery in a suburb near Denver. In Read more…

John Kelly Should Not Be Immune from Criticism

It should be obvious from the get go that White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly’s services and his sacrifices, those that got him his four stars, are some of the most heroic and honorable things that anyone has done for our country. As such, when people talk of Kelly, those monikers would be used in a way that convey a sense of steadiness, a sense of stability, and a sense of practicality. He was and is supposed to be one of the “adults” in the administration, part of the cadre of cabinet and executive Read more…

The Modern Southern Strategy

1964 was a major turning point for the Democratic Party.  Before that year, the Democrats harbored white supremacists.  In 1964, however, they transformed under President Lyndon B. Johnson.  Due to pressure applied by civil rights activists, including Martin Luther King Jr., President Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act.  Whether or not Johnson did so out of his personal beliefs or politics is up for debate, but the passing of the Act clearly demonstrates that activists like Dr. King were able to successfully force the party into the right direction.  However, these changes were not without their Read more…

Trump’s Foolishness Makes Us Grow Numb to Reality

Donald Trump recently picked Kathleen Hartnett-White, a denier of human-caused climate change and a staunch believer that global warming only serves to bring down fossil fuel companies, to head the Council on Environmental Quality.  His decision wasn’t surprising, and that’s part of what makes it so horrifying.  We’ve become numb to actions that, under any other president, would be cause for protest. Hartnett-White has worked for the Texas Public Policy Foundation, an organization headed by GOP funders such as the Koch brothers.  She opposed the 2007 Supreme Court Ruling that labeled carbon dioxide as a regulatable Read more…

Donald Trump and Sexual Misconduct: Hollywood Problems Turned DC Problems

In the last week or so, many women have stepped out and reported cases of sexual assault first in Hollywood and then in Washington DC. Harvey Weinstein, Charlie Rose, Louis CK, and Al Franken, all liberals were accused of various levels of sexual misconduct, revealing to the nation that sexual assault is pervasive in the work place, even among the world’s most powerful and celebrated individuals. This issue permeates both sides of the aisle; however, specific cases reveal that the left remains more critical of the perpetrators and sympathetic to the victims. For example, Republican Candidate Read more…

A Take on the Once and Future Liberal: Modern Liberal Thought

I recently finished a 2017 book by Mark Lilla. The Once and Future Liberal asks several tough questions and takes an interesting perspective of electoral and otherwise politics over the last two hundred years.   The impetus for such a broad and irreverent analysis of modern liberal thought is, of course, the result of the 2016 general election. Irreverent because Lilla gives no respect to the current state of liberal thought — comparing it to modern conservative thought and strategy and finding it lacking in most respects.   As an example, look at the GOP homepage Read more…

White House as Daycare Center

President Trump has attacked his party members countless times with fallacious insults, often on Twitter and after 2am. However, not many of them have attacked back with much success. This brings about the question that has been on Democrats’ minds for a long time: When will the Republican Party say enough is enough? I predict that if a large tax cut is not passed into law within the next year, Donald Trump will lose the support of a substantial amount of Republicans. When Trump first entered the political scene, he sought to prove that Barack Obama Read more…