The Democratic Party – An Identity Crisis

An exchange I had on January 19th, 2017 in front of the Trump building where tens of thousands of New Yorkers gathered on the last night of the Obama Presidency and before the Trump Presidency began. Me: No, no I’m not interested in the third party option, for a variety of reasons there are too…

Episode 47: We’re Back for a Third Party!

The Agreeing Loudly podcast is back from coast-to-coast with a brand new season. Join Jered, Troy, Bill and Pat as they welcome special guest Carson Starkey all the way from the critically acclaimed Margin of Error podcast to discuss whether or not it’s time for a serious third party movement in the United States. Stream…

All Hands on Deck at The People’s Summit

The 2017 People’s Summit was a meeting of committed grassroots organizers and activists, leaders and followers in Chicago, IL. The land of Lincoln and home to the birth place of the last successful third party movement that went on to replace on of the major political parties in our binary system.

Safe For Work Links To Kill Time At Work

Happy Friday! Where to start, where to start? How about a Political Parrots teaser? While there are questions about what President Trump’s transition team knew and when – now we know what Vice President Pence is busy working on. By the way “transition team” is code for Vice President Mike Pence. Bloomberg Speaking of Pence…Did Sixpence…

A Look Ahead: the Primary Calendar

*Note: pledged delegates at stake in parenthesis, Caucus states are italicized Democratic Primary Calendar March 5th: Louisiana (59), Nebraska (30), Kansas (37) March 6th: Maine (30) March 8th: Mississippi (41), Michigan (147) March 12th: Northern Marianas (11) March 15th: Florida (246), Illinois (182), Missouri (84), North Carolina (121), Ohio (159) March 22nd: Arizona (85), Idaho (27), Utah (37) March 26th: Alaska (20), Hawaii (34), Washington (118)…

The Case for Winning in 2016 #NeverTrump

by Troy M. Olson Because I’m a big believer in the fairness doctrine (R.I.P.), because the remaining viable Republican candidates are this guy, this guy, and apparently, this guy thinks he still is. And most of all, because I believe in competing in every election, every time, in every district  — here is the case for…

Super Tuesday Predictions

by Troy M. Olson On the eve of Super Tuesday, I thought I’d just lay it on the line and briefly mention how I think things will go. Unlike the first four states for both parties, I don’t expect my track record to continue but here goes nothing. Late last year I said Hillary would win…

Millennials Will Destroy Everything You Love: Totems of Diversity

Millennials were the chosen generation. It was said that they would destroy the old social order, not join it. They were to bring equality to the world, not leave it in darkness. This is Part Two of one Millennial’s cynical take of the Leftist potential of his generation. by Allan Branstiter It is a truth…

Millennials Will Destroy Everything You Love: Socialists of Fortune

Millennials were the chosen generation. It was said that they would destroy the old social order, not join it. They were to bring equality to the world, not leave it in darkness. This is Part One of one Millennial’s cynical take of the Leftist potential of his generation. Group of Millennials using laptop and plotting…

Episode 23: Taylor Swift and Caucuses

  Chaos! Agreeing Loudly soldiers on with just one regular, can Pat Meacham carry the show as fill-in host with two guests? And what a terrible time to bring on Carson Starkey and Troy Olson, right after Bernie Sanders has a crushing loss in Nevada. Together, Pat, Carson, and Troy embark on a savage journey…

2016: Challengers, Incumbents, and Successors.

by Troy M. Olson One of the most fascinating aspects to the 2016 Presidential campaign thus far is the shakeup in the traditional breakdown of Presidential campaign politics. Historically, Presidential runs have fallen into three types of campaigns: the “challenger” campaign, the “incumbent” campaign, and the “successor” campaign. The differences are fairly self explanatory. Challengers are…

The Case for Losing in 2016

by Troy M. Olson and Carson Starkey Disclaimer!  By no means am I saying that Democrats should throw the ’16 Presidential Election, I’m just making the argument for why losing wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world. Why it could speed up the rebuild efforts, and why they stand very little to gain from a 2016…

Iowa Results: What They Do Not Mean

by Troy M. Olson Disclaimer! The following will have some harsh truths for U.S. millennials. Earlier in the week I talked about what the Iowa results mean, and previewed what they don’t mean. I do not take pride in the following observations, but must go forward anyway. I hope I’m wrong, but here it goes….

Songs for the American Working Class

by Allan Branstiter and Carson Starkey It’s that time of the month. Bills are coming in the mail. Paycheck’s still a week or more away. Management won’t get off your back. The rich get richer and the poor get poorer. Landlord keeps getting on you about your dog. Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, and Donald Trump are…