AVN Statement on the Government ShutdownOctober 5, 2013
Tea Party politicians seeking to extract political concessions from their opponents by leaving our veterans in the cold and without support should be ashamed. For over 200 years, Americans have debated issues of great significance and passion—Civil Rights, Prohibition, decisions to go to war, who should vote, and countless others. Through all of those fights, [...]
POTUS Can’t Remain Silent on ClimateMarch 29, 2012
Here’s the bottom line. The nature of this challenge, both the threat itself and the public support for action, demands Presidential leadership. He can’t be the Facilitator-in-Chief on this one. He has to be the Leader-in-Chief. He can’t lay back and wait for support to materialize. He must help create it.
GI Joe and What it Means to be American HeroesDecember 1, 2011
Our troops and country are making many sacrifices to root out terrorism across the globe and keep the nation safe. But it isn’t enough to kill bin Laden or track down the Taliban if we ignore the conditions that allowed them to take hold and flourish in the first place.
Glenn Beck Backtracks After Seeing AVN “Rand vs Jesus” AdJune 13, 2011
Perhaps the cold spell we’re experiencing in DC originated from a realm much farther down beneath the earth that just froze over today. Glenn Beck just changed his mind on Ayn Rand! This was Beck back in June 2010: “Ayn Rand, you’ve got to love Ayn Rand. She’s great.” And this was Glenn Beck Monday, June 13: “I think Ayn Rand… because she hated religion so much — became a bigot.” He also agreed with his guest who said, “the problem with Ayn Rand, what bothers me… she becomes self centered. She becomes selfish.”
GOP Must Choose: Ayn Rand or JesusMay 27, 2011
By: Eric Sapp I recently wrote on why Democrats and progressives need to take some time studying Ayn Rand to fully understand the political significance of all the GOP leaders lining up to praise her. The GOP has a huge problem if their conservative religious base finds out what Rand really believed and how influential [...]
Ayn Rand vs. JesusMay 27, 2011
In an attempt to hold together the disparate constituencies of social conservative Christians and libertarian Tea Partiers, Paul Ryan and other Republican leaders have attempted to create an unholy trinity of Ayn Rand, Jesus Christ, and the GOP. But, as the classic children’s song goes, “One of these things is not like the other. One of these things does not belong.” Nothing about the philosophy of Ayn Rand and the teaching of Jesus Christ is like the other. So the GOP must decide – who doesn’t belong?
Returning to 9/12: An Open Letter to President ObamaMay 2, 2011
When I think of all that has happened in the world in the nearly ten years that have passed, it is not the morning the towers fell that I return to, but the day after. It is 9/12 that I long for with the aching question of “what if?” As I remember, I am filled with the yearning that you stand up and ask of us now what was not asked of us then.
LAPD Daytime Curfew EnforcementApril 19, 2011
Figuring out effective strategies to keep students in school is no simple task. Many factors contribute to low attendance rates, ranging from emotional and mental health problems to hostile school environment and lack of appropriate academic supports, from economic pressures and lack of adequate transportation to family issues. But, as Gara LaMarche recently argued on HuffPost, the lack of a simple solution is no excuse for defaulting to punitive law enforcement tactics, especially when so much data and research confirm that they are not just ineffective, but actually harmful to students.
American Values Network Lands Top National Award Along with 3 Other Awards for ExcellenceMarch 14, 2011
American Association of Political Consultants Names AVN Best in Nation for Public Affairs TV Ad and Awards for Email, Newspaper and Contrast Advertising VIEW NATION’S BEST PUBLIC AFFAIRS TV AD FOR 2010, “THE DAISY AD” ARLINGTON, VA – The American Values Network (AVN) today announced that it received the top national award for best Public [...]
How to Shut Down the King HearingsMarch 10, 2011
We won’t stop this hate by telling GOP leaders who benefit from it that they are wrong. We can stop it, however, by preventing the outcome they are hoping for and making them face the danger of unleashing a hateful mob.