Charles Jaco: The great American myth involves bootstraps, hard work and, eventually, wealth. But the most important word in that sentence is “myth.”
Charles Jaco: Unless you have a few hundred thousand dollars in ready cash, you won’t be able to get into the game. Add those bruising financial requirements to the strict requirements about criminal records, and it’s plain why the vast majority of people in the industry are white and upper-middle class.
Charles Jaco: Democrats are going along with the far right’s economic agenda, from calling bedrock programs for financial security like Social Security “entitlements” to codifying that the only way to pay for unfair tax cuts for the well-off is to cut services for Americans on the bottom rungs of the economic ladder.
Charles Jaco: 2019 will be the year that determines whether the rule of law and the Constitution are strong enough to boot an unstable criminal from office
Charles Jaco: Blacks, Hispanics, and Asians make up 42 percent of what we define as “working class” in America. But when politicos like McCaskill or Trump yak about “the working class,” they’re only talking about the 58 percent that happens to be white.
Charles Jaco: Her entire right-wing worldview is on display in the gibberish that passes itself off as the Trump administration’s report on school safety.
Charles Jaco: On this National Day of Mourning for the 41st president, it’s good to remember that his kindness and decency didn’t make him immune from the racism that infects America and has become a raging epidemic in his GOP.
Charles Jaco: For Espy to have any chance of winning, there has to be a surge in black votes like U.S. Senator Doug Jones saw in Alabama, when he upset Republican and accused pedophile Roy Moore.
Charles Jaco: It’s becoming more apparent that Mueller’s moment of reckoning for Trump, and the country, is approaching pretty fast, and that indictments, new pleas, and a final report to Congress and the Justice Department on the crimes of Donald John Trump could come out over the next few days, or weeks.
Charles Jaco: If the true nature of America is the inevitable triumph of predatory capitalism and racial hatred, then struggle is senseless and we might as well beat feet for the Mexican or Canadian borders, or book the next flight to Lagos, Havana, or Auckland.
Charles Jaco: Millions of Americans disguise their enabling of corrupt policies and our slide toward being an authoritarian society run by the rich by claiming to be disgusted, befuddled, and turned off to politics.
Charles Jaco: Republican trickle-down-cut-taxes-for-the-rich-free-enterprise economics have destroyed rural and small-town Missouri the same way they’ve impoverished urban areas.
Charles Jaco: Trump’s authoritarian desire to control government as a means of silencing his critics is an old American tradition, but its recent incarnation began under George W. Bush, following 9/11 and leading up to the Iraq invasion.