Steve Hochstadt: During last week’s hearing, I thought the most effective defense mounted by the forever-Trumpers was that nothing happened.
Steve Hochstadt: For me, the scariest segment of the American electorate has been identified by some political scientists as “chaos-seekers”. They are so disaffected from our political system, that they want to undermine it, even destroy it.
Steve Hochstadt: They are powerful and clever, but we can stop them. We cannot wait for others to defeat them, we must take action now.
Steve Hochstadt: One of the most important elements of modern Chinese development has been the construction of housing for a population of over 1.4 billion.
Steve Hochstadt: Our policy-makers, Democrat and Republican, have been tinkering around the edges of poverty, but have not found a set of policies which can make an impact.
Steve Hochstadt: Trust in government fell precipitously after 1965, varying between 20% and 40% (except for a brief jump right after 9/11) until recently, hitting only 17% earlier this year. This plunge was common to both parties, all generations, blacks, whites and Hispanics.
Steve Hochstadt: That message of unity is my “takeaway” from the campaign so far. The cohesion and shared values are hard to see, though.
Steve Hochstadt: We all might soon forget this saga of Dorian and Alabama when the next outrage emerges, but its details display the character of our current government.
The political forces which have argued against doing anything to reduce our impact on the environment, and which now actively reverse previous efforts to protect the earth, deliberately lie about what has already happened.
If Trump’s numbers don’t improve by the spring of 2020, the electoral calculations of Republican politicians across the country, especially in competitive districts, will change. Not challenging Trump could mean defeat.
Steve Hochstadt: I ask you to formulate a statement of Democratic principles and policies that every candidate could accept in a public way, preferably as part of the next debate.
Steve Hochstadt: Vast amounts of black property were taken by unscrupulous individual use of legal trickery, because African Americans did not typically use the white-dominated legal system to pass property to their heirs.
Steve Hochstadt: The messages of the Pow Wow were clear: “We are patriots. We love our land and our unique culture. We love America and have defended it in every war. We welcome and respect all Americans.”