John Peeler: How can we then, from our weakness, resist in ways that will swing the pendulum back again? Remember that the Republicans were in the same hole as recently as 2008. This is not a time for despair, but for resolve.
John Peeler: Donald Trump is less a conventional preacher than a demagogue whose principal tool is not the set-piece speech, but the tweet.
John Peeler: While democracy cannot work without opposition and conflict, we have failed to remember how to have those while maintaining civility and mutual respect.
John Peeler: As long as his Twitter followers will follow, Trump will be able to instantly shape reality to suit his needs.
John Peeler: As with the South African whites, the logic of the Israeli position is clear: they can have a democracy for Jews only by continuing to keep the Palestinians down.
John Peeler: Trump appears to believe that a conflict between his private interests and the public interest is impossible, that the two are identical. As Louis XIV said, “L’etat, c’est moi.”
John Peeler: Economic policy will be run by Wall Street and Big Business. National Security will be the bailiwick of dissident generals and Republican hawks. Domestic policy will aim at throwing out red meat to keep the base happy.
John Peeler: A great deal of the world as we presently experience it works to dissolve the bonds of our society, to cause us to risk failure, even as we have prospered from it.
John Peeler: The deeper truth that she calls to our attention is this: that many or most whites, North as well as South, are not comfortable with black advancement and will support measures that will contain that advancement.
John Peeler: Cuba was truly transformed by the Revolution. What had been a grotesquely unequal society is now among the world’s most egalitarian.
John Peeler: Democrats, particularly in this election, became exclusively identified with blacks and other minorities, not to mention culturally subversive groups like feminists, abortion-rights activists, LGTBQ activists—the list goes on.
John Peeler: Most essentially, we need to continue to stand for the diverse and inclusive society we believe in, for a vigorous and sophisticated response to the threat of global warming, for diplomacy before force in foreign policy.
John Peeler: Donald Trump has articulated and legitimized this deeply ingrained racism. Whether he now chooses to mitigate or exacerbate it will tell us whether we are headed toward proto-fascism, or to just another turn in the political cycle.