marriage equality in the 2012 election

 “At a certain point I’ve just concluded that for me, personally, it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same-sex couples should be able to get married.” -Barack Obama, President of the United States The news media exploded with that statement, as earlier this week Barack Obama became the first … Continue reading

a second look at the american dream

a second look at the american dream

“A bedrock American principle is the idea that all individuals should have the opportunity to succeed on the basis of their own effort, skill, and ingenuity.” -Ben Bernanke, Chairman of the Federal Reserve The American dream is a cornerstone of how we conceive our nation, a driving force since the colonies were first established.  It … Continue reading

class consciousness and the american psyche

class consciousness

“Quando dou comida aos pobres chamam-me santo.  Quando pergunto por que eles são pobres chamam-me de comunista.” -Hélder Câmara, Archbishop of Recife America has a problem with class.  This is not to say that Americans are uncouth or have a penchant for truancy, but rather that the American public, as a whole, has a difficult … Continue reading