Monday, April 03, 2006

Alphabetical List of Political Blogs

Ever since I finished that survey of blogs in February, I've been getting a steady trickle of people looking for lists of political blogs, liberal or conservative lists being the most common query. At this point, I have hundreds of blogs roughly alphabetized in my personal bookmarks folder but I notice that the list is already getting out of date despite having started it three months ago (and it's not that easy to sort and post); it's alarming how many new sites drop out, go on hiatus or merge with other sites. The Moderate Voice has a good alphabetical list of some of the more popular blogs that seem to stay around; it has liberals and Democrats on the left sidebar and Republicans and conservatives on the right sidebar (personally, I make a distinction between right wingers and rational conservatives but The Moderate Voice lumps them together); they also have an excellent list of moderate blogs (spread out somewhat from conservative to liberal edges) as well as a few miscellaneous websites, including libertarians.

The blogs I have linked to on this page (over on the right) also have more lists of other political blogs.

Jeanne's list on Body and Soul is also useful for finding liberal blogs that aren't as well known but I've found some useful opinion, news and commentary using that route. There are many lists of blogs around but there's a tendency, even on the wider Internet, for the lists to be similar from site to site. If anyone knows of other reliable and distinctive lists of blogs, feel free to comment below; I'm not familiar enough with myspace to know how prevalent political blogs are over there so a list of those sites would be useful too.

Personally, I'm also interested in good economic blogs on specific topics such as energy, health care and job creation so feel free to mention those too.


Blogger BibleMan said...

The Republican mantra for the next couple of elections will be that the Democratic Party has no new ideas, no policies to champion and that all they want is to oppose the Bush policies. That should be good enough to elect any Democratic candidate in my book. However, the rest of the American people might be fooled by this clever, although deceitful, strategy.

So, in order to assure ourseles more seats in Congress and possibly even the White House in '08, I am calling on all Democrats to support the idea of something so revolutionary, so unique in American Politics, so unusual, it will take a few days for it to sink in. I want the Democratic Party to make a call for, of all things, Democracy in America. That could be the rallying call that makes it all happen for the Democratic Party and which could save the planet.

What am I talking about? Why can't we put some of the most pressing issues on the National Ballot every couple years for the people to resolve by themselves, free of the selfish interests of the PACS and the Lobbyists. Why can't we, in a so-called democratic society, vote directly in National Referenda? Why haven't we thought of this before?

The only reason we don't have this most democratic of all institutions in this nation is due to the censorship on this issue of BOTH parties. Neither the Democratic or the Republican Party wants to give up their monopoly of ideas and methods of solving problems. They don't want to give up this power because it makes the rich and famous. It gives them more power over us than was ever intended by the founding fathers. The US Constitution mentions political parties, absolutely ZERO times. Our great Constitution mentions the power of the people to vote, the rights of the people, the need for the people to augment their most basic form of democracy twenty seven times.

If the Democratic Party truly wants to serve their constituents, they should want to give us more democracy, more freedom, more power, more participation in the process, not less. The only way to do this for the masses of voters is to allow us to vote on issues directly on the ballot.

Let me give you just one example for this blog. On my website, I give dozens more. If we had the power to put National Initiatives on the Ballot, I would vote for one that would give a 50% Tax Credit to anyone buying a hybrid car or any car that achieved over forty miles to the gallon. This would be the most patriotic law that we could ever pass right now because it would force American Auto makers to make better cars to compete with Honda and Toyota who for years have been producing and selling Electric and Gasoline, or Hybrid Cars. It would reduce our nation's dependence on Foreign Oil. It would help to save the environment. It would slow the overall pollution of the planet which is causing cancer in unprecedented numbers. It would save the buyer, thousands of dollars over the years of his ownership and teach us all how to be more responsible stewards of this beautiful planet.

There is no reason why anyone should decide to vote against such a law, unless you happen to be an Oil Man, like President Bush. I'm sure this would not get his vote. But, worse than this, the President and both political parties have never suggested such a simple and effective way out of one of our worst national crises in decades and if I can think this up, so can they. So, you have to accept this example, and there are countless others, as proof that neither party wants to allow such a simple common sense approach to problem solving and law making to become widely known.

We should also have a National Health Care system of some sort, years ago. But, they keep fighting over petty differences, and so, we have none. We should have a much better transportation system in this country like France and Germany and Japan and England where you can get on a train and be whisked to another part of the country in comfort and speed. But, instead they spend too much money on wars and preparation for war for the people to get any of these goodies. We should have clean air to breathe and clean water to drink. It's the biggest failure in history that so many of us think that bottled water is the only water to drink. But, instead of giving us clean air and water, the find a myriad of lesser problems to argue about, such as raising their own salaries and retirement plans each year so that the major problems effecting the American people are lost between the cracks.

We used to have the greatest and strongest economy in the world, but they have let in so many desperate starving people into this country that wages have fallen to historic lows and homelessness is rampant. Instead of preventing this invasion of our nation, they allow it to happen and let the good jobs go to China and Russia and Malaysia. Why? Because Wal-Mart has more friends in Congress than you and I, my fellow Americans. And if you think I'm crazy, just look at the label of any garment you have bought lately. None of them will be Made in the USA.

Most important of all, why are we spending trillions of US dollars to put a democracy into a God-forsaken hell hole like Iraq? These people are not ready for Democracy. They want to sit and bow to a bearded fakir who tells them to read a book written by a lunatic 800 years ago and which states that a woman is like a cow or a sheep. How could someone like that ever be ready for Democracy? BUT, this is now what your tax dollars are going to. The money is literally falling out of trucks all over Baghdad in hopes of bribing these people to like us. They will never like us. They will live in this stupor for centuries. Are we supposed to suppor them with our entire economy on the line waiting for them to get a clue? I for one, am not willing to be screwed like this because one guy who got a "C" average in college tells us this is a good idea. Why don't we put this kind of no-good, bozo thinking on the ballot and let the people who pay the bills have some say about where to spend our money. THAT WOULD BE DEMOCRACY, not this patch work of bribes, they call a democracy. It's a diabolical insult to all right-minded patriotic Americans to tell us that this is a democracy when Verizon and AT&T, Exxon and Wal-Mart are actually behind the scenes making our laws. AND We The People are never given a chance to create real solutions and vote on them using the technology that was designed for such a wonderful thing.

NO, a thousand times NO! I'd rather be dead than live in a country ruled by morons who are bleeding us dry. But, thanks to God Almighty I don't have to die for my rights to be upheld. All I have to do is convince enough of you that Voting on the Internet is an idea whose time has come. Let's put some of these issues on the NATIONAL BALLOT. Let's show BUSH that he can't kill this great nation so easily. Let's show both parties that they have a citizenry who is NOT going to sit and around and take their tyranny, their lack of ideas any more!

Democrats, let's unite around the word, DEMOCRACY. We need MORE not less. We need it NOW, not later! I implore you to send this to a friend and get them to send it to their friends. Before it's too late, we must have a real democracy in America. Voting on the Internet is the way to do it. And, we can start VOTING on the INTERNET right now. Cast your vote. Support this great cause. If enough Democrats and even Republicans who still love this country will support us, we can do it and we can have REAL DEMOCRACY NOW.

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