WJ Astore: Always passionate, always on message, Bernie had a solid night. But Bernie’s personal warmth doesn’t translate well in these debates.
WJ Astore: Americans profess to love “their” troops, but what are they getting in return for all that affection (and money)? Very little, it seems.
WJ Astore: Corporate Democrats aren’t just against Bernie Sanders. They’re against any candidate that threatens their privileges and power. This includes Tulsi Gabbard, who is being boycotted by CNN even though she’s polling well in New Hampshire.
WJ Astore: He has the best chance of defeating Trump, but his dedication to people over corporations and profits makes him an anathema to establishment Democrats.
W.J Astore: Peace is often presented as a fantasy embraced by soft-hearted people. War, by comparison, is a harsh reality embraced by hard-headed realists, or so we’re told.
William J. Astore: Bernie Sanders is the only candidate who truly gets how rigged our system is — how it’s become an oligarchy, even a kleptocracy, that favors the richest and most powerful among us.
WJ Astore: Wars built on lies are rarely won, especially in a democracy. But even as they are lost (Vietnam in the 1960s, and now Afghanistan), there are always “winners.”
WJ Astore: Governments must always be kept in check. They must always be viewed critically. “Question authority” should be the byword of all true patriots.
WJ Astore: The troop “drawdown” as a “concession” to the Taliban? Guess what: The Taliban aren’t going anywhere, and they’re winning.
WJ Astore: The charges the Democrats have brought are incredibly weak compared to the damage Trump has already wreaked.
WJ Astore: These games recall a simpler time, when we threw a ball around with friends or our dad, then quit for the day to watch a game and scream and shout at the stadium or in our living rooms.
WJ Astore: When your default position is war, whether against the Taliban, ISIS, “terror” more generally, or possibly even Iran or Russia or China, is it any surprise that war is what you get?
WJ Astore: To me, Mayor Pete looks like he should be going door-to-door, selling Bibles. The face of young milquetoast moderation within the Democratic party; unsurprisingly, he’s attracted a lot of establishment money.