Political wisdom, a compelling national vision (new but building upon the past), and a personal background that meshes with that vision—these are qualities I’ll look for in a candidate who I hope can beat Trump.
Walter G. Moss: Trump’s philistinism and disrespect for our environment is all too common, as is lack of aesthetic appreciation—note his constant budget proposals to kill the National Endowments for the Arts and Humanities.
Walter G. Moss: Capitalism has become increasingly distasteful to many Americans, especially younger ones, who associate it with too many negative connotations.
Walter G. Moss: Various liberal and progressive publications have found fault with some of the details of Brooks’ reparations article, but come on! He’s a conservative and yet willing to recognize that reparations to African Americans might be a good idea.
Walter G. Moss: One reason for not jumping in yet to support a specific candidate is that it is still too early to tell who will have the best chance of defeating Trump and who will develop the best environmental policies.
Walter G. Moss: Whether it is the struggle against racism, or sexism, or homophobia, or corporate greed, or environmental devastation, or war and militarism or religious bigotry—real change never takes place from the top on down.
Walter Moss: Lincoln and FDR understood that to reach people, to motivate them, to win them over, a president had to appeal to their emotions, and storytelling was one way of doing so.
Walter Moss: If things are more out of control than previously, how did we get in such a mess? Main answer: Our inability to wisely manage accelerating technological changes.
Walter G. Moss: Until last year, Russia’s increased political and economic stability and increased nationalistic success strengthened Putin’s approval ratings and powers.
Walter G. Moss: Despite sporadic attempts to roll back progressivism’s “countercalculas” of insuring public wellbeing by regulating capitalism, the need for such a check on capitalism has generally been recognized.
Martin Luther King Lessons — Walter G. Moss: If there is one quality that stands out in reading a King biography, it is his single-minded determination, to create a better America, and thereby a better world.
Walter G. Moss: An emphasis on moral education, if the right type of morality is taught, is not far from the wishes of the Founding Fathers.
Walter G. Moss: what we need is someone who recognizes that differing, even competing, viewpoints can be a plus when crafting legislation, someone who follows the example of our outstanding presidents.