Bernie Sanders Fulfilling the Western Progressive Tradition

It’s not surprising that Bernie Sanders is doing well West of the Mississippi. The West has been traditionally very progressive. The majority of the voters for the Weaver’s Populist Party (People’s Party), Deb’s Socialist Party, La Follette Progressive Republicans and Roosevelt Progressive Republican’s came from the West.

Litany for the Founding Fathers

The Founding Fathers are usually discussed by current politicians as some sort of monolithic unified voice, deprived of humanity, contradictions, guilt and 18th centuryness. For the most part, they were enlightened people for their time; yet, they were of their time.

Brief History of Contested Republican Conventions

I write this blog in light of the lasting discussion of a possible contested Republican convention in 2016 election. While historically common, a contested convention has not occurred 40 years.

Top 10 Most Popular 3rd Party Candidates Since 1912

The 1912 election is the high-watermark of 3rd party run. In this election, our traditional parties competed with two strong 3rd parties — the Progressive “Bull Moose” Party and the Socialist Party, both of which make the top 10 list.