Thom Hartmann: It won’t just be a war of white supremacists and Trump cultists against the rest of us, but a war between those comfortable with oligarchy versus those who believe in democracy.
Thom Hartmann: The corporate and billionaire takeover of the American government that began with Reagan in 1981 (based on the Supreme Court decisions of 1976 and 1978) has gotten more complete and more brazen with every election.
Thom Hartmann: This transition in business ethics has led to an ongoing crisis in democratic institutions and governments around the world.
Thom Hartmann: America and the world have been in the midst of “great change” many times before, including during and after two world wars, but this trend toward authoritarianism has been happening uniquely since the 1980s.
Thom Hartmann: A much bigger bribery scandal is played out every day in America with nary a peep from the media. It’s the way billionaires and big corporations buy not just college admissions but tax cuts, deregulation, and hundreds of billions in government subsidies paid for with our taxes.
Thom Hartmann: The biggest danger Trump poses to America is normalizing corruption for future administrations.
Thom Hartmann: Trump probably knew that anything by Rand would be the right answer for Republicans; the party has embraced her for decades, to the point that Paul Ryan required interns to read her books as a condition of employment.
Thom Hartmann: While the Republican Party needs to repudiate the “Southern Strategy” that has animated their racist base since 1968, this isn’t a political issue.
Thom Hartman: Literally every week—virtually every day—since Trump was elected, he’s gotten the media to put his name on the front page of the nation’s newspapers and at the top of the TV news shows.
Thom Hartmann: Might Trump and McConnell hope they’ll intervene in our election to keep in power a political party that now disdains democracy and a free press, and embraces dictatorial behavior like calling for the imprisonment of Trump’s political rivals, and of individuals in the intelligence agencies who have investigated him and the GOP?
Thom Hartmann: The entire “supply side” scam that if the rich people get richer it’ll help us all is totally discredited, but, in deference to their billionaire donors, the GOP still clings to it.
Thom Harmann: Southern legislators and plantation owners lived not just in fear of their own slaves rebelling, but also in fear that their slaves could be emancipated through military service.
Thom Hartmann: Science shows that simply handling a gun alters men’s levels of testosterone and measurably increases their aggressive behavior.