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.
John Peeler: The rude, crude style that has enabled him to capture this base is also driving off large numbers of affluent suburban voters (especially women) who used to be the foundation of GOP strength.
John Peeler: As he envisioned socialism fundamentally as a rigorous equality of income among all, he saw capitalist society as the fundamental cause of the subjection of women.
John Peeler: When Trump appointed Bolton, informed observers had to assume that Bolton would do whatever he could to sabotage the rapprochement with North Korea, as he did.
John Peeler: Naturally, if Iran resumes nuclear weapon development because of Trump’s withdrawal, he will blame the other parties for failing to rally around his flag.
John Peeler: In stable democracies, the major political parties keep authoritarians out of power through “gatekeeping” actions, such as isolating and defeating extremists, rather than allying with them, and by rooting out extremists in their own ranks.
John Peeler: Imagine what would happen if the Pentagon budget were slashed. How many millions of workers, from uniformed service members to civilian employees, to contractor employees, would lose their jobs?
John Peeler: Pretty much everyone who has tried to say no to him, or to deflect him from some of his more outlandish, less-thought-out ideas, pretty much all of them are gone.
John Peeler: Democrats need to let it be known that they will do all in their power to shut down Congress. If the Congress refuses to be a check on the President, at least it should be stopped from being an accessory.