Joseph Palermo: The same Republican leaders who mined birtherism, xenophobia, and racist dog whistles for political gold, and who failed to stop the Trump clown car when they had the chance, are now gearing up to pantomime a unified party. presumptive nominee
Joseph Palermo: In 1994, as a graduate student I had the great honor of spending some time with Father Daniel Berrigan, S.J. after some of us organized an event where we invited him to return to Cornell to give a talk about his experiences there when he was a chaplain from 1967 to 1970.
Joe Palermo: These latest lines of attack — Trump criticizing Hillary Clinton for belonging to the female gender and Cruz turning to Fiorina as the anti-Hillary — not only expose Trump’s misogyny and Cruz’s cynicism, but the underlying Republican attitude toward women in politics generally.
Joseph Palermo: A lot of the anger we’re seeing from voters who are drawn to Trump has its roots in the 2008 Great Recession where our political leaders gave about $800 billion to the biggest banks that brought the economy down and asked for nothing in return.
Joseph Palermo: There’s a stark disconnect between the people and the Congress today that is palpable, which goes a long way in explaining the extraordinary tone of this presidential election cycle.
Joseph Palermo: Whether looking at how other nations treat their workers, expectant mothers, schoolchildren, or prisoners, Moore’s “Where To Invade Next” lays bare the heartless deficiencies in the American way of life.
Joseph Palermo: In case you haven’t noticed, the centerpiece of Senator Sanders’ campaign is the exact same critique that Occupy Wall Street offered us four and half years ago. Bernie Sanders Occupy
Joseph Palermo: Krugman grossly underestimates the power of a committed citizenry to make social change and fails to see that the United States is a different country today than when calls for a more “centrist” politics made any sense.
Joseph Palermo: They believe their anti-labor gambit will be more successful in 2018 after their ideological soul mates on the U.S. Supreme Court hobble public sector labor unions when they rule against labor in Friederichs v. California Teachers Association.
Joseph Palermo: By presenting the contours of Allen Dulles’s life and his everlasting imprint on the nature of the CIA in a cogent and highly readable way, David Talbot offers us a new and sophisticated analysis of America’s secret Cold War history.
Joseph Palermo: The next time you order salmon at your favorite restaurant or buy some at your local grocers you could be unwittingly eating an entirely new life form on planet earth.
Joseph Palermo: Who exactly from the Republican National Committee or the Republican-controlled Congress is going to step up to jettison Trump? Reince Priebus? Paul Ryan? Mitch McConnell? Mitt Romney? There’s no indication that the RNC or any prominent Republican figure can hit the brakes on the Trump clown car.
Joseph Palermo: They’re incapable of seeing that by politically exploiting this most recent atrocity, as they do with every other jihadist attack, to push their authoritarian and militaristic agenda they are exposing themselves as being every bit as nihilistic as the terrorists themselves.