Steve Hochstadt: Making wild charges about rigged elections seems to win Republican votes. Failing to prove them doesn’t matter. Playing with racism and hanging around with racists doesn’t matter either.
Steve Hochstadt: Trump supplements attacks on responsible media with unprecedented support for the irresponsible reporting of pretend journalists.
Steve Hochstadt: By staying true to their countercultural roots, ultimate players have discovered that hard competition does not automatically mean animosity and cheating
Steve Hochstadt: My doctor helped me recover from this current scare by telling me, “Something else will probably kill you.” He and I both understood the value of frank talk about the future.
Steve Hochstadt: Donald Trump began his campaign by insulting Mexicans and promising to ban Muslims. He is leading the reversal of American openness and a return to our earlier racially-based immigration.
Steve Hochstadt: Many American Christians, especially evangelical Christians, have made a deal with Trump – you give us political policies we want and we will accept your anti-Christian character.
Steve Hochstadt: If there was a shred of truth to Trump’s story of Democratic skullduggery, Republicans and their media allies would broadcast it from here to November.
Steve Hochstadt: This amendment to the US Constitution was just approved by the Illinois legislature. The Senate approved the measure 43-12. Then the House approved 72-45, making Illinois the 37th state to ratify the ERA.
Steve Hochstadt: One of the defining partisan differences among voters is that Republicans continue to blame minorities for inequality.
Steve Hochstadt: The distrust of political conservatives for intellectuals and higher education has been a feature of our politics for half a century.
Steve Hochstadt: The painfully details descriptions of the lives of early English industrial workers by Marx’s collaborator Friedrich Engels led them both to see the social, economic and moral flaws in a system where some own property and others work for them for wages.
Steve Hochstadt: Enough voters were pushed into the Trump camp by the efforts to reverse traditional discrimination against blacks and women, by the increasing diversity of American society and a future when whites will be a minority, by the fact that Democrats had produced a black President and a female presidential candidate.
Steve Hochstadt: The weakness of mainstream TV news is the obsession with scandal, the endless repetition of information, and the stretch into speculation in order to keep talking about one all-consuming story.