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Democracy In America

Democracy In America

By Annabel Park
A left-right conversation about the most difficult issues facing our nation
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Dear White People: A Candid Conversation with "Rev Joe" about Racism
Two ministers -- Rich Tafel and Joseph A. C. Smith -- with different political persuasions but a deep friendship tackle having an honest conversation about racism in America. 
October 24, 2019
We Agree: We Need an Impeachment Inquiry
Should more Republicans support an impeachment inquiry? Rich Tafel makes a compelling case for why they should. He also has suggestions for Democrats on how to manage the impeachment inquiry process. Annabel talks about the #democracyvan and her road trip across America to record podcast episodes featuring voters about 2020. 
October 07, 2019
Why Does Annabel Prefer Warren to Sanders? - Part 2 of Divided Parties
This is part 2 of our conversation about the ways in which the Democratic and Republican Parties are divided. We discuss what don't like about our parties and ideas about what we want our parties to be. We have found something that we agree on! We both like Andrew Yang.  Among other topics we cover: Is Trump insane and dangerous or does Annabel suffer from Trump Derangement Syndrome? Is Rich apologizing for Trump or is he offering a nuanced take? 
September 09, 2019
Is the Log Cabin Republicans Imploding? - Pt 1 of Divided Parties
The Log Cabin Republicans is an organization in turmoil since August 15th when it published an oped endorsing Trump. Rich Tafel, the cohost of Democracy In America, founded the Log Cabin Republicans in the early 90s although he does not currently have an official role in the organization. Rich opens up about what he thinks of LCR's endorsement and the ensuing chaos that has overtaken the organization with key figures in the organization resigning. We also discuss the 2020 democratic primary candidates and Annabel explains why she thinks of Obama as an ex-boyfriend and how Bill Clinton has hurt the Democratic Party.
August 28, 2019
Identity Politics & Trump
Rich critiques the left for engaging in victim politics. Annabel explains why she thinks conservatives are in denial about the level of inequality and injustice in America. They wrestle with how to talk constructively about Trump. They circle back to how we ended up with Trump in the White House.
August 26, 2019
Introducing Democracy In America Podcast
Like so many Americans, we are worried about the divided state of America. We are concerned that we are headed towards more violent conflicts as we ramp up towards the 2020 election. Rich Tafel is a minister, founder of Log Cabin Republicans, and the director of the American Project: On the Future of Conservatism. Annabel Park is a documentary filmmaker, progressive activist, and the founder of the Coffee Party.
August 23, 2019