Joseph Palermo: Any Democrat who manages to win the White House in 2020 must not follow the Obama blueprint of naively trying to play nice with the Republicans expecting them to “reach across the aisle.” Those days are over.
Joseph Palermo: She alone knows the truth: Trump is sincere and trustworthy and anyone doubting him, no matter the evidence or proof that he isn’t, is a self-serving liar.
Joseph Paleermo: Good Ol’ Mitch believes the ignorant masses don’t know or care about legislative “process” so he can just blow up the Senate without any political consequences.
Joseph Palermo: It makes no difference if his words come in the form of a tweet, or from an official White House setting, or a speech before his salivating fans at one of his Nuremberg rallies, his words, all of his words, have the power of the office of the U.S. presidency behind them.
Joseph Palermo: The nation witnessed the spectacle of a sitting federal judge referencing conspiracies as lurid and bizarre as any found on pro-Trump sub-Reddit platforms and in the alt-right blogosphere.
Joseph Palermo: Based on the spectacle we’ve endured over the last seventeen miserable months, we’re perfectly capable of drawing our own conclusions, despite all of the gaslighting, lies, and propaganda.
Joseph Palermo: Historically, one of the weirdest things about our current situation is that it has been entirely self-inflicted. There was no economic crisis that precipitated the sudden rise of American fascism.
Joseph Palermo: Could this really be happening? New York Senator Robert Francis Kennedy, the younger brother of the slain President John F. Kennedy, suffering a similar fate?
Joseph Palermo: Instead of pointing to the wholesale class warfare the Republicans have waged with this re-writing of the nation’s tax code these two hopelessly bourgeois public intellectuals see a big problem with Democrats behaving for a change as if they have blood flowing through their veins.
Joseph Palermo: Down the memory hole today is the fact that during the 1980s about 50 Democratic representatives in the House routinely crossed party lines to vote for Ronald Reagan’s plutocratic agenda.
Joseph Palermo: A tsunami of sexual assault and harassment charges against powerful men destroyed careers and for the first time since Trump came to power has put the misogynist juggernaut on the defensive.
Joseph Palermo: There’s nothing “conservative” about consistently blocking any legal attempt, no matter how trivial, to help protect Americans from being slaughtered at country music festivals, schoolhouses, movie theaters, and in their workplaces.
Joseph Palermo: What followed from Trump after he sparked such a widespread backlash was the typical “punch, parry, kick” playbook Republicans use when they interject racism into the political discourse for electoral gain.