Ron Briley: It is difficult to argue with Klein’s premise that piecemeal reform and efforts to form alliances with liberal corporatist politicians have brought progressives to this crisis
Ron Briley: Trump understands the Hitlerian concept of “the big lie” delivered through the simplicity of a tweet that has no room for rational argument or evidence.
Ron Briley: In our Berlin moment, Americans must decide whether they will make their stand in resistance or become collaborators.
Ron Briley: We certainly have some major problems that need to be addressed, but as a retired baby boomer, I find the America of today to be a vast improvement over the society into which I was born and raised.
Ron Briley: Just as during the Vietnam War, dissenters, such as Kaepernick, are greeted with the simplistic refrain of love it or leave it. There is no room for free speech or debate in a nationalistic environment that unquestionably embraces American exceptionalism.
Ron Briley: The key point is to analyze why so many white working class Americans are angry and drawn toward the vague promise of Trump that he will restore American to some past greatness.
Ron Briley: The election of Hillary Clinton is preferable to the dangerous Donald Trump having his finger on the nuclear trigger, but Clinton in the White House will only perpetuate the American empire and foster discontent with America’s role in the world.
Ron Briley: Similar to Moses, Sanders may not be able to make it to the Promised Land in 2016, but his campaign demonstrates that Americans of a younger generation, unlike my late parents, are open to fundamental restricting of the system and moving beyond demagogic scapegoating.
Ron Briley: Schilling is often praised for pitching through an ankle injury displayed on television by the blood on his white socks, but the pitcher knows nothing about the daily courage displayed by young people of the LGBT community who are attempting to express their identity but are all too often ridiculed by bigots such as Schilling.
Ron Briley: While a repeat of the 1968 Chicago convention does not seem likely, the Republican Party establishment’s plan to deny Trump the nomination through a brokered convention has provoked assertions by the businessman that his supporters would riot and might trigger a third party candidacy by Trump that would splinter the party.
Ron Briley: The bottom line is that Trump represents a tradition of political demagoguery and democratic discontent which has characterized the United States throughout its history; often placing the blame for a deteriorating domestic and foreign situation on immigrants and minority groups.
Ron Briley: While some politicians are taking advantage of the terrorist threat to foster fear among the American people, they are abetted by the news media which feeds a twenty-four hour news cycle with images of death and destruction amid reports of possible further attacks.
Ron Briley: As a scholar, Woodrow Wilson propagated the Southern myth that Reconstruction was the rape of the South by freedmen, Northern carpetbaggers, and Southern scalawags.