Steve Fine: This petition drive presages the battles to come after the incoming Trump administration takes power, such as defending the values, causes, programs and human beings targeted for their chopping block.
WJ Astore: The Democrats lost because they fielded a candidate whose personal negatives were too high, whose image as a thoroughly establishment candidate was out of tune with too many people, people seeking change at almost any price.
Robert Nelson: We Democrats had three fair warnings: Jesse Jackson, Jerry Brown and Bernie Sanders. The Wall Street Democrats did not listen.
Berry Craig: At least Trump is a consistent truth-twister. His fibs range from the vapid—like taking credit for “saving” Ford jobs in the Falls City—to venal—like linking Sen. Ted Cruz’s father to the Kennedy assassination.
Berry Craig: Billionaire Trump should thank the nation’s founders—well-heeled and powerful white men—for creating the electoral college. Their aim was to make sure that only guys like them could be president.
Lance Simmens: It is time that we seriously examine the functional utility and desirability of the Electoral College. This product of late 18th century political expediency has probably outlived its usefulness.
RJ Eskow: Democrats lost all three branches of the federal government, along with some governors’ chairs. Clinton neglected key states, then lost them. The party’s message didn’t connect. Surely something needs to change.
Murray Polner: Despite the anti-Semitic, racist and homophobic sentiments expressed by some pro-Trump voters, the people I talked with weren’t KKK, neo-Nazis, rednecks or bigots.
Unai Montes-Irueste: From the “Southern Strategy,” to the “Reagan Revolution,” to the present day, racial animus has been front and center in white voter targeting and mobilization.
John Peeler: Donald Trump has articulated and legitimized this deeply ingrained racism. Whether he now chooses to mitigate or exacerbate it will tell us whether we are headed toward proto-fascism, or to just another turn in the political cycle.
Peter Laarman: On this dark day of reckoning, we can of course choose to to continue to condescend to the people who supported Trump, dismissing them as ignorant racists and misogynists–in short, as “deplorables.”
Joseph Palermo: With control of the House, Senate, Presidency, and the Supreme Court, the right-wing Republicans will be free to exercise their raw power totally unchecked by our vaunted system of “checks and balances.”
onald Trump defeated Hillary Clinton to win the highest office of the land, President of the United States. For more on that race click TRUMP WINS. The second highest office in California on this November ballot was for the United States Senate. In California the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Senator Barbara Boxer will be […]