Steve Hochstadt: The American conversation about equality brings people into the streets every day. There is much more to hope for. Listen to the voices of our candidates. Which side have they been on?
Steve Hochstadt: Republican politicians nearly all say the same thing. Don’t worry about climate change. The science is uncertain. Global warming is not happening. But if it is happening, it’s a good thing. Whatever is happening, don’t do anything about it.
Steve Hochstadt: Republican candidates don’t propose to help people in poverty, because Republican voters believe poverty is poor people’s own fault.
Steve Hochstadt: Despite the talk of bringing Americans together, these Republicans disdained the majority of Americans who voted for President Obama as deluded or even stupid. We can expect 11 months more of such rhetoric until the Republican National Convention in July 2016.
Steve Hochstadt: The shock to the popular imagination of the extinction of passenger pigeons and the near elimination of bison and whooping cranes turned the tide of public opinion in the early 20th century.
Steve Hochstadt: In response to social criticism, aggressors and their defenders have developed their theory of “political correctness”, using the classic strategy of changing the subject.
Steve Hochstadt: There is the conflict for Republican contenders. Should I pander to the hatreds of my most prejudiced primary voters?
Steve Hochstadt: Donald Trump is a vain, self-promoting, amoral man, whose focus on himself and his money would make an awful President. I think most of the people who say they support him now, more than six months before the Iowa Caucuses on February 1, already know that.
Steve Hochstadt: Conservatives overwhelmingly do not trust the media. Conservative Americans, unlike everyone else, trust only the few news sources which match their political views.
Steve Hochstadt: In Vietnam, in Iraq, in Afghanistan, and in many other places, our leaders did not know what they were doing. The result has been disaster for our soldiers, for the countries where we intervened, for our global image and our image of ourselves.
Steve Hochstadt: Political change moves slowly across our big nation, but last week changed America. The Affordable Care Act is now settled law. Same-sex marriage will prevail in every state. The Confederate flag is coming down.
Steve Hochstadt: You might think that Sanders would try to run away from the socialist label, but that would mistake two things: Sanders’ honesty and the real nature of American democratic socialism.
Steve Hochstadt: The message is clear – life is much richer in material goods in the US, but China is catching up.