John Peeler: Most Republicans struggle to defend the indefensible because they fear the wrath of Trump’s militant base.
John Peeler: The values implicit in Trump’s foreign policy are, in short, economic nationalism and political authoritarianism, both essentially antithetical to the values of the American-sponsored world order of the last eighty years.
John Peeler: Although both men have made an initial effort to get off on the right foot with each other, it is hard to see how this relationship could be anything but tense and prone to conflict.
John Peeler: Ironically, if Trump were serious about stopping them, he could do it a lot more cheaply and effectively by promoting economic development in these countries to raise their standard of living
John Peeler: The main burden of Buchanan’s economic theory was the argument that all economic actors, including government functionaries and legislators, are individuals seeking to maximize their self-interest.
John Peeler: Given the 51-49 split, and John McCain’s terminal illness, it is by no means inconceivable that the Senate could reject the nomination, particularly if the nominee is unable to soothe the moderates in both parties.
John Peeler: The reaction to ask Sanders to leave the restaurant was perhaps understandable, it played right into the right wingers’ hands.
John Peeler: White working class people don’t typically want a guaranteed annual income regardless of employment: they want jobs that pay enough for a decent standard of living.
John Peeler: That he yielded so quickly to widespread protest and pressure shows that, no matter how truculent he is, he will back off if confronted. So it is with bullies.
John Peeler: The historian Jon Meacham proposes to help us deal with the dark times confronting the national polity by showing us prior instances when dark forces seemed to prevail.
John Peeler: While Kim probably took this initiative after careful calculation and consultation, with China in particular, it is pretty clear that Trump did it on impulse.
John Peeler: Now we are seeing something new: the country that created the international political and economic order after the War, now under the new management of Donald Trump, is trying to blow that order up.
John Peeler: We are left to ask, in light of his repeated assertions of innocence, why he has so obsessively criticized and undermined the Mueller investigation.