Writer Archives:  Marc Belisle  (72 posts)  Feed to posts by writer

Marc is a writer, progressive activist, English writing teacher and an opinionated smart-aleck. He has a masters in International Conflict Analysis. He can be found taking notes at the Jefferson memorial in Washington DC. Follow Marc on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MarcBelisleBloggerAtAllThingsDemocratCom

The NRA is Pitting Races Against Each Other To Sell Guns

Over the last several weeks, the NRA and its surrogates have, at various points, told people of each of the major ethnic groups in America—white, Black, Hispanic and Asian—that they need guns to protect them from the others. On January … Continue reading

Limbaugh’s Inane Self-Contradictory Blathering

Regarding the upcoming sequester, Rush Limbaugh said he is ashamed of his country.  He alleges that this is because more people believe the Democrats’ version of how we got to this point than the Republicans’.  Given that the GOP Congress … Continue reading

Mr. Obama, Tear Down the Private Profit Prisons

“…men who so uneasily tolerate superiors patiently suffer a master, and show themselves proud and servile at the same time.” –Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America In 2007, a teenager in a depressed county of Northeastern Pennsylvania, recently bereft of … Continue reading

Ignorance is Strength: Neocons Contradict Each Other Defending Torture Yet Again

“And if you gaze long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you.” –Nietzsche Zero Dark Thirty, Kathryn Bigelow’s taut, brooding paean to the CIA’s hunt for Osama bin Laden has been controversial since long before it even hit … Continue reading

A Letter to the NRA Cletus Snaggletooth Done Wrote

Howdy, Nationalist Rifle Ass-sores, I jest read your 27-page list of enemies who’s comin’ fer our guns.  I done some thinkin’ ‘bout her, and I have a thing or two to say ‘bout a tiny fraction of the gun-hatin’ communist … Continue reading

Gerrymandering, Jury-Rigging and Judicial Rewriting Are the Wave of the Future, Conservative Soldiers!

Greetings and salutations, fellow captains of industry and our Republican lapdogs!  I’m wiring you this electronic mail-o-gram from the deck of my mega-yacht Duchess’ Bounty.  What wizardry is this, you may ask, that such a feat is possible from the … Continue reading

Obama’s Got a Brand New Bag

“I’ve got such a bully pulpit.” –Teddy Roosevelt Inaugural addresses usually seek to inspire, rally the country together, commit us to our ideals and lay out a vision for the future.  Obama’s speech today did all that, but it also … Continue reading

Putting Newtown / Sandy Hook Trutherism’s Logic on Trial

“Thank you for the freak show,” Jared Lee Loughner said in an outburst during initial court proceedings for his January 8, 2011 shooting spree that killed 6 people and wounded 12 others.  “She died right in front of me.  You’re … Continue reading

Ejecting from Afghanistan

“Geography is destiny.” –Unknown Afghanistan is a treacherous land.  In every sense of the word.  Soon we will be leaving it behind.  President Obama announced in a January 11th joint press conference with Afghan President Hamid Karzai that American troops … Continue reading

Up In Arms

“Their paranoid fear of a possible dystopic future prevents us from addressing our actual dystopic present. We can’t even begin to address 30,000 gun deaths that are actually in reality happening in this country every year because a few of … Continue reading

Freedom of Speech vs. Wall Street’s Interests

“There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the root.”  –Henry David Thoreau You know that civil rights are in dire straits when Rage Against the Machine starts to seem eerily prescient. … Continue reading

Boehner Weighs the Pros and Cons(ervatives): a Fiscal Cliffhanger

As Congressional Republicans trickle back into Washington after a nice, long, relaxing, luxurious holiday vacation, House Speaker John Boehner sits alone in his office, waiting to hold a strategy session on the looming fiscal cliff. Making a piggy bank gallop … Continue reading