Joseph Palermo

Joe PalermoJoseph Palermo is Professor of History, California State University, Sacramento. Professor Palermo's most recent book is The Eighties (Pearson 2012). He has also written two other books: In His Own Right: The Political Odyssey of Senator Robert F. Kennedy (Columbia, 2001); and Robert F. Kennedy and the Death of American Idealism (Pearson, 2008). Before earning a Master's degree and Doctorate in History from Cornell University, Professor Palermo completed Bachelor's degrees in Sociology and Anthropology from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and a Master's degree in History from San Jose State University. His expertise includes the 1980s; political history; presidential politics and war powers; social movements of the 20th century; the 1960s; and the history of American foreign policy. Professor Palermo has also written articles for anthologies on the life of Father Daniel Berrigan, S.J. in The Human Tradition in America Since 1945 (Scholarly Resources Press, 2003); and on the Watergate scandal in Watergate and the Resignation of Richard Nixon (CQ Press, 2004).

Jeb Re-Writes Iraq War History

Jeb Bush Iraq War

*+-othing illustrates better the moral and intellectual bankruptcy of the Republican war hawks who call themselves presidential candidates than their attempts to whitewash the history of how this nation went to war in Iraq. John Ellis “Jeb” Bush stood by his brother’s side while he demolished a nation of 28 million people in the heart […]

The Baltimore Riots, Inequality, and Federal Inaction

Baltimore Riots

*+-Joe Palermo: Police brutality in Ferguson or Baltimore or Oakland represents the failure to bring real economic reforms that might have a chance of ameliorating the suffering of the poor and unemployed. Yet the political will doesn’t seem to exist to enact any of the bold programs necessary to alleviate the long-term suffering of America’s growing underclass.

Judith Miller Clings to Her Own Stubborn Myths

Judith Miller

*+-Joseph Palermo: Poor Judy, she’s unaware that her self-serving bullshit last week only reconfirms (albeit in a backhanded way) that “the left” was correct all along about the Iraq War and that she got it dead wrong.

The 50th Anniversary of U.S. Marines Landing in Vietnam

Marines Landing in Vietnam

*+-Joseph Palermo: These days, it has become far more difficult to teach the history of America’s war in Vietnam because one of the chief lessons of that war we thought we had learned (“No More Vietnams”) has been soundly disproven in recent years.

Mitch Just Getting Started

McConnell Stops Campaign Finance Reform

*+-Joseph Palermo: McConnell always despised limits on political spending. He understands that the more money flowing into our nation’s politics means more Republicans elected and his own power enhanced.

25 Years Later: What Invading Panama Brought Us

Panama Invasion

*+-Joseph Palermo: The “New World Order” of 1989 to 1990, at least in Central America and the Caribbean, looked a lot like the older world order where U.S. military imperatives would be decisive with or without a Soviet menace in the hemisphere.

News of Republican Party’s Demise Greatly Exaggerated

Republican Demise Greatly Exaggerated

*+-Joseph Palermo: Washington Republicans have shown a willingness to damage the country so long as they see it as politically advantageous to their party. The belief that changing demographics are going to thrust the Democrats into a dominant position in national elections might be wishful thinking.

The Incredible Shrinking Democratic Party

Democratic Party Irrelevant

*+-Joe Palermo: The internal sniping and bickering has already begun among Democratic ranks but it’s their own damn fault. The internal debates following the 2014 midterm elections highlight the ideological schizophrenia that continues to plague the Democratic Party.

The Gary Webb Story: Still Killing the Messenger

Kill The Messenger

*+-Joseph Palermo: Kill the Messenger tells the story of San Jose Mercury-News reporter Gary Webb who uncovered what appeared to be the story of the decade: people associated with a US-backed mercenary army had become international drug traffickers