Sharon Kyle: The bottom line is that the American people don’t have a snowball’s chance in hell of having their interests represented when their interests collide with big business or a small cadre of elites.
Friday Feedback: True democracy – ‘capitalist’ or otherwise – doesn’t need or use a special class of politicians, let alone politicians whose concentrated power makes them attractive and ready recipients of corruption.
For all the positive things Chavez has accomplished as President, he is in danger of becoming another Salvador Allende — a martyr whose death ushered in a right-wing dictatorship.
Joseph Palermo: The whole tenor of the next two years is going to feel like George W. Bush never left office. The GOP will have de facto control over the nation’s politics and agenda. If President Obama goes down the Clinton path of triangulating against his progressive base (as seems likely) then he deserves to be a one-term president.
David A. Love: A sustainable movement for social and economic justice must help this president to place him on the path of greatness that these crisis times demand, that his campaign promised. Nothing less than America’s future is at stake.
Sylvia Moore: As if the Supreme Court’s enthusiastic approval of oligarchy wasn’t enough, we’re facing another one of the biggest threats to free speech and democracy – corporate control of the Web.