Tom Hayden: Most important to many left-progressives is the rational discussion of democratic socialism for the first time in 90 years, since we last had an elected bloc of socialist mayors agitating for what became the New Deal.
Tom Hayden: Progressive Democrats have a clear path to victory in 2016 if they commit to sharply reducing their ties to the traditional Confederate and Big Coal states.
Tom Hayden: Secret talks over the past two years produced the extraordinarily detailed list of steps announced by President Obama, carefully distinguishing what the White House can do without Congress.
Tom Hayden: Let’s set the record straight. The peace movement generally warned that this Long War could not be won, could not be afforded, and could only end in permanent quagmire, especially if it left Assad in power in Damascus while abandoning the Sunnis of Iraq to their fate under the Shiite regime we installed.
Tom Hayden: Top presidential aide, John Podesta, slipped off to Beijing last month to secretly negotiate the US-China climate agreement announced this week. One might say, borrowing from Naomi Klein, that “this changes everything.” Podesta simply notes, “It’s a big deal.”
Tom Hayden: His military and diplomatic advisers are not useful caddies, because they are handing him the wrong clubs, military ones, for a struggle, which he says has no military solution.
Tom Hayden: The policy goal of this de facto Green Bloc is to maintain progress towards the international climate science goal of 80 percent greenhouse gas reductions below 1990 levels by 2050.
Tom Hayden: In light of the evidence, the broken windows theory should be scrapped as deeply flawed and probably an unconstitutional form of racial profiling and selective prior restraint against young people.
Tom Hayden: The tens of thousands of Central American children streaming towards the US border are refugees from violence and economic crisis fostered by decades of wrongheaded US foreign policy.
Tom Hayden: We’ve seen this before, in South Vietnam, where proposals for a provisional, face-saving power-sharing arrangement in the South were rejected because of a superpower belief that our bombs and advisers could protect an unpopular client forever.
Tom Hayden: Has American policy finally led to a vast new sanctuary in “Sunnistan” from which terrorist attacks will be launched?
Tom Hayden: We who were raised on the myths of pluralism and melting pots often have a hard time grasping the persistent growth of a Tea Party that still spouts the very doctrines which we believed were obsolete 50 years ago.
Tom Hayden: The confused Congress needs to be called upon to be a counterweight against the hawks who want nothing more than to blame Obama instead of themselves for “losing” Iraq. But there is far more to do. We are deep into the battle over memory.