John Peeler: We imagine an ideal, unspoiled island ecosystem, but how can we determine when that system existed, and what species were part of it?
John Peeler: We are now seeing, for the first time, evidence that mainstream Republicans who hold office in the administration are going public with their misgivings and with their strategies for containing the damage that Trump can do to core Republican values like free trade and strong alliances.
John Peeler: But even when he’s not cited as an example, Trump really exemplifies many of these points, such as being unpredictable, paranoid, responding poorly to criticism, lying, never saying he’s sorry, having no conscience, screaming at people.
John Peeler: In the old days broadcast media had to give equal time to opposing points of view. Could Fox News as we know it even survive such a standard?
John Peeler: Republicans since Goldwater have appealed to whites by accusing blacks of getting special favors, even while pursuing Big-Business policies that made the plight of the white working class worse.
John Peeler: Both Trump and the Austrian government seem to see their respective intelligence agencies as enemies rather than impartial servants.
John Peeler: What we can learn from the Argentine case is that, having elected Donald Trump and empowered his white working class base, he will remain a force on our political scene for the rest of his life, and likely even after his death.
John Peeler: What we see here is a confirmation that the Big Business wing of the party, having lost control of the party to Trump, is trying to increase their leverage by pressuring GOP candidates to choose.
John Peeler: Trump’s most ardent supporters sincerely believe he is the greatest president ever, while most of the rest of us think of him as a danger to the republic. It is increasingly clear that he is neither: he is a clown.
John Peeler: If you believe that this country was great back when it was for white folks and blacks knew their place, black lives don’t matter.
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.