Tom Hall: Paul Ryan is a devout worshipper of Ayn Rand. He makes all new hires to his staff read her novels, and learn to treat these illogical, melodrama stories as scriptures.
Tom Hall: The Donald’s victory meant that Paul Ryan’s religious devotion to Ayn Rand’s economic nuttiness was going to lead to Medicare and Social Security facing the real prospect of being dismantled before 2018.
Tom Hall: Trying to cling to power, the Republican Party will adopt the language of Democrats, Melania promised. Trying to cling to power, the Party of greed and exclusion will adopt progressive policies, Ivanka promised.
Tom Hall: Every time we learn of another police killing of a black person, too many empty words are said. Promises, with no action, no change, no acknowledgement that the killing is wrong.
Tom Hall: The focus on the concerns of LBGTQ people since the massacre is appropriate, but also dangerous. We mustn’t keep seeing LBGTQs as people apart.
Tom Hall: Both Trump and Cruz are trying to be today’s Goldwater. Goldwater positioned himself as a champion of racist, xenophobic, colonial war mongering. And he got crushed in the election.
Tom Hall: Antonin Scalia He clung to the ancient belief that god created rulers and the common folk are required to be obedient to god’s chosen appointees.
Tom Hall: In both the U.S. and in Israel, corporatist government policy has decimated the middle class, and created economic divides greater than in any other industrialized nations.
Tom Hall: The French murderers apparently believed that their killings were necessary, godly. And like so many others in history, they find inspiration and justification in the American example.
Tom Hall: Seventy years ago, the hubris of generals and politicians pushed us into operation Market Garden and into the Battle of the Bulge, battles born of our preference for self-adulation over accurate analysis. Today, our leaders in Congress are promising to undertake the same decisions, with an eagerness to sacrifice the same young soldiers.
Tom Hall: For all the blather about Moslem terrorist threats, the reality is that fundagelical “christians” are the ones who keep murdering women’s health care providers and blowing up buildings and mailing letters full of anthrax and ricin.
Tom Hall: If we look at the larger picture, what’s really happening here is that U.S. taxpayers are funding both (or all) sides of these civil wars, our war materiel suppliers are making out like bandits, and now we are being asked to, once again, ship our young men and women to be cannon fodder to feed the war industrial machine.
Tom Hall: For all the fears that Hobby Lobby will open the door to new claims by people who want to use religious excuses to discriminate, it appears equally clear that the decision writes finality to arguments about marriage equality.