irst off, let me be clear: The Republican Party bears responsibility for Donald Trump becoming the 45th President of the United States. The Republican Party nominated him. The party leaders enabled him. There were many complex social, political, and economic forces that produced the Trump catastrophe, but no amount of disassembling and deflecting will change […]
Joseph Palermo: This whole frigging election felt at times like the prolonged public lynching of the nation’s first black president. Some white folks turned their heads and looked away; others could only watch by peaking through their fingers – but watch they did.
Joseph Palermo: With control of the House, Senate, Presidency, and the Supreme Court, the right-wing Republicans will be free to exercise their raw power totally unchecked by our vaunted system of “checks and balances.”
Joseph Palermo: It’s clear by their actions over the past 22 years that the Republicans are willing to chuck precedent and tradition out the window if they believe it will serve their narrow partisan interests.
Joseph Palermo: American foreign policymakers have known all along that ousting President Bashar al-Assad will not magically end the civil, ethnic, and sectarian wars that are now raging in what’s left of Syria. But that fact hasn’t stopped them from trying.
Joseph Palermo: Mylan’s price gouging has nothing to do with the costs of “research and development” or supply and demand. This obscene price hike is nothing more than a “rent,” pure and simple. Mylan is extorting Americans who depend on the drug because it can.
Joseph Palermo: The budget deficits Trump criticizes were the result of the reckless high-end tax cutting that have been a Republican fetish since Ronald Reagan. And Trump’s promise of more tax cuts and more de-regulation were some of the speech’s biggest applause lines.
Joseph Palermo: If anyone would have told me when I awoke that morning that Liz Cheney would be personally handing me a frisbee I wouldn’t have believed them.
Joseph Palermo: And what was the alternative for Bernie at this point in the election? To sweep up his 1,900 delegates, walk out of the Democratic convention, and run as a third party in a doomed and ultimately symbolic campaign?
Joseph Palermo: Trump’s long association with Cohn, who was as shameless as Trump in his self-aggrandizement and arrogance, and so abused the legal profession that New York disbarred him, stands as one more indicator that Trump is unfit to serve in any public capacity, especially U.S. president.
Joseph Palermo: Kristof reveals in these two pieces a lack of understanding or critical analysis of what he’s writing about, which is the worst quality a professional op-ed writer can ever display. Liberal Intolerance
Joseph Palermo: The deeper pattern here points to the unchecked and malevolent corporate forces that have used their political power to get away with destroying labor unions, chopping up the social safety net, bilking consumers on health care, education, housing, and other essentials, and destroying the environment.
Joseph Palermo: Not only will kissing up to figures like Sheldon Adelson and Paul Ryan reveal Trump as a flip-flopper, his fan base has already rejected many of the so-called conservative principles he now must embrace. Trump Fatigue