Hold Fast

A Blog by Matt Browner Hamlin

Hold Fast - a blog by Matt Browner Hamlin

Entries from December 2009

Natasha Chart’s Open Letter to Dem Electeds

December 30th, 2009 · 6 Comments

Natasha Chart, one of my favorite progressive bloggers, has posted a real gut-check of an open letter to Democratic elected officials. In it, Chart eviscerates the do-nothingism of Democratic office holders, who spend their time lying to the base about what they will do for them if elected, then painting corporate victories in office as […]

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Tags: Democrats

Rebutting the Ideological Purity Argument

December 29th, 2009 · 1 Comment

I strongly agree with both Bob Herbert and Glenn Greenwald, who successfully endeavor to rebut the sophistical argument against progressives who aren’t supportive of the current health care bill as arriving at that position solely or primarily out of a quest for ideological purity. Herbert and Greenwald both focus their argument on the fact that […]

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Tags: Blogs · Health Care

Weak Sauce

December 27th, 2009 · Comments Off on Weak Sauce

New York Times columnist and frequent Chinese government apologist Nick Kristof has only mustered this Tweet in response to the jailing of Liu Xiaobo for advocating democracy in China. @NickKristof The great Liu Xiaobo sentenced to 11 yrs by Chinese govt. For shame, Beijing. Kristof’s column ran today. It was not on the Liu Xiaobo […]

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Tags: Tibet & China

Havel on Obama, China & Tibet

December 26th, 2009 · Comments Off on Havel on Obama, China & Tibet

The Wall Street Journal has an interview of former Czech president and Nobel Peace Prize nominee Vaclav Havel. In it Havel speaks about Obama’s handling of China and the Dalai Lama and the elemental mistakes he is making in his policy towards Tibet and appeasement of China. After comparing Obama’s early dealings with China to […]

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Tags: Barack Obama · Tibet & China

China: Liu Xiabo Sentenced to 11 Years for Thought Crimes

December 25th, 2009 · Comments Off on China: Liu Xiabo Sentenced to 11 Years for Thought Crimes

Leading Chinese political dissident Liu Xiaobo was sentenced by the Chinese government to 11 years in jail for “inciting subversion of state power”; additionally Liu is banned from speaking or writing about politics at all for two years. Liu is one of China’s most high profile advocates of free speech and democracy. He was on […]

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Tags: Human Rights · Tibet & China

Uygur: “Shake him off his foundation”

December 24th, 2009 · Comments Off on Uygur: “Shake him off his foundation”

I think Cenk Uygur’s post on Huffington Post today is a really important marker that people who are about the progressive movement and moving the Democratic Party to the left should read. After conceding that Obama is, more than anything else, a cautious politician who will naturally move to the center in any debate, Uygur moves to […]

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Tags: Barack Obama · Progressive Infrastructure


December 23rd, 2009 · Comments Off on Finally

The Senate is set to vote on final passage of the health care bill, which should pass with something less than 60 votes. Separate from everything else, I’m glad that this is finally happening. A step in a long, long process…and hopefully one that doesn’t represent the final product of the health care bill.

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Tags: Health Care

Where Should Progressives Be on the Senate Bill?

December 22nd, 2009 · Comments Off on Where Should Progressives Be on the Senate Bill?

Roger Hickey of Campaign for America’s Future, a leading progressive policy and advocacy organization, has what I think is one of the best arguments in favor of progressives supporting health care reform legislation. Unlike many people urging progressives to support the legislation despite its shortcomings, Hickey is respectful and acknowledges the validity of criticism from […]

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Tags: Health Care

Cruickshank on the White House & Movement Building

December 19th, 2009 · Comments Off on Cruickshank on the White House & Movement Building

Robert Cruickshank, who does incredible work as the Courage Campaign’s policy director, has a must-read post at The Seminal on FireDogLake. Here is a large excerpt: The collapse of support for the bill reveals a deeper and growing divide, an unwillingness of most Americans to embrace a flawed process. In particular, progressives – activists and […]

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Tags: Barack Obama · Blogs · Health Care · Progressive Infrastructure

Al vs Joe

December 18th, 2009 · Comments Off on Al vs Joe

It’s hard not to love this:

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Tags: Congress