Walter Moss: Although Trump has recently said that he is open-minded about climate change, during his campaign he declared global warming and climate change a “hoax,” promising to stop all payments of U.S. tax dollars to U.N. global warming programs.
Walter Moss: When a few weeks ago I read that Trump said he had no heroes, I thought how appropriate it was for such a narcissistic individual because who could be greater than he? The rest of us, however, who realize that we are far from perfect, need our heroes.
Walter Moss: Even before Trump emerged as the Republican Party’s candidate for the 2016 election, that party shamed itself by its hostility to global-warming evidence.
Walter Moss: By the early twentieth century, nine western European countries controlled over four-fifths of the earth’s lands. Besides Belgian policies in the Congo, other European actions like those of the French in Indochina caused great suffering.
Walter Moss: As the horrors continue, traditional diplomatic talks have done little good. What then can be done? Although there are no easy answers, the example of Gandhi in Calcutta in August and September 1947 keeps coming back to me.
Walter Moss: Today, as in April 1968, our country is divided between those who worsen racial relations and block taking constructive measures against violence and those, in the King-Kennedy mold, who encourage more racial understanding and nonviolence.
Walter Moss: Hillary Clinton has expressed far more concern about the environment than has Trump, but she has displayed few signs of pursuing a more pacific Middle East policy than President Obama or of discouraging the high-consumption lifestyle that so many of us regard as almost a God-given right.
Walter Moss: If, as thinkers from Aristotle to Pope Francis believe, the main task of politics is furthering the common good, then what we should wish for above all in a president is someone who possesses the wisdom qualities to accomplish this goal. Donald Trump Fool
Walter Moss: Where Bernie has a great advantage over Hillary is that he is less hawkish, less inclined to pursue foolish policies that are extremely costly, both in human lives and financially.
Walter Moss: “And I’m “sorry losers and haters, but my I.Q. is one of the highest—and you all know it!” and I also have “the world’s greatest memory.”
Walter Moss: Is Sanders to be considered a demagogue because he insists that the wealth gap and Wall Street are part of the problem that must be addressed in order to improve the common good?
Walter Moss: In a fitting irony for our mixed-up, topsy-turvey political season, the Jewish Bernie Sanders praises the Catholic papal positions on capitalism, while the Republican Speaker of the House, the Catholic Paul Ryan, is much more influenced by the free-market philosophy of Friedman and Hayek. Bernie Sanders Moral Economy
Walter Moss: Political campaigns often produce sloppy rhetoric, but the present confusion over capitalism, socialism, and progressivism also springs from the absence or skewing of historical perspective.