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.
John Peeler: Anonymous FBI functionaries achieved their objective of resurrecting the email issue just when Clinton seemed to be on a course to win the election.
John Peeler: Trump is driving off a substantial chunk of that traditional Republican constituency, especially the well-educated, and especially women.
John Peeler: Donald Trump’s refusal to commit himself to respect the results, his repeated (groundless) claim that the election is “rigged” against him, threatens to take the country down the road to Putinism.
John Peeler: Given low income, poor health, poor education, and wretched environmental contamination, why do most white Louisianans hate the government that could help them?
John Peeler: Trump is a serial, serious liar, while Clinton shaves the truth a good bit, but mostly avoids saying stuff that’s wholly false. Trump’s disregard for truth is truly pathological, while Clinton is about like most of us when it comes to telling the truth.