Frank Fear: How many American can relate to Obama or Reagan, Eisenhower or Lincoln? Not many. But how many can relate to Trump? A whole bunch.
“On some great and glorious day, the plain folks of this land will reach their heart’s content at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.”
Frank Fear: Harboring negative racial views about blacks was the single strongest predictor (italics added) of white opposition to paying athletes—more important than age, education level, political situation, sports fandom, or even if respondents had played college sports themselves.
Frank Fear: Let’s face it: America’s decline didn’t happen overnight. A Progressive America—with an agenda that enabled social progress—spanned a good share of the 20th Century, from FDR to LBJ. But that was then. Today is different.
Frank Fear: Be aware of eternity politicians Snyder proclaims because they are nationalists, not patriots. “A nationalist encourages us to be our worst,” Snyder says, “and then tells us that we are the best.”
Frank Fear: The Administration justifies the budget by asserting that hard working, tax-paying Americans will finally get a budget about them. That’s another way of saying there are two types of Americans: Taxpayers and Moochers.
The American commonwealth is at risk largely because we (as a country) haven’t invested sufficiently in the power of tailwinds.
The preferred option is to have a system where all candidates—regardless of party affiliation—appear on a single primary ballot. In other words, there would be one primary ballot for all voters.
The fundamental problem is that Progressive ideas ARE NOT embraced whole cloth. Instead they are borrowed selectively and then inserted strategically in Neoliberal platforms, often by Neoliberal regimes.
They point out injustices and organize for causes external to the organizations for which they work, but they rarely do anything to call out or change practices in the organizations for which they work.
Frank Fear: We need a recalibration of what is news—at the 24-hour news networks, in particular—a recalibration from personality-politics-as-news to issues-facing-everyday-Americans-as-news.
Frank Fear: It’s not so much that America needs more political parties as much as America needs to transform its current two-party system—from party-centered to voter-centered.
Frank Fear: Here’s the dilemma facing America today. Did millions of people vote illegally in November? Of course they didn’t. But thousands—perhaps even millions—of Americans believe they did.