Joseph Palermo: The most potent ideas for addressing the urgent problems facing the country don’t come out of the air-conditioned offices of the American Enterprise Institute, but arise from the kind of unity of thought and action the Sanders campaign embodies.
Sikivu Hutchinson: Trump’s tirades on anchor babies and repealing the 14th amendment’s birthright citizenship clause have the GOP presidential campaign clown car in overdrive. As the rest of the field scrambles to double down on its racist appeal to red meat Middle America all people of color are targeted by this rhetoric of criminalization.
Michael T. Hertz: When the Blue Nation Review article was published on August 19, about 75,000 people had already said they wanted to attend the rally.
Vijay Prashad: Gentleness and humaneness are mistaken for weakness in the Republican Party. The ridiculous exaggerations of manliness on display at the debate are necessary.
Tina Dupuy: The GOP needs to stop using Mexican immigrants to get angry white people to vote for them. Angry white people will already vote for them.
Steve Hochstadt: Despite the talk of bringing Americans together, these Republicans disdained the majority of Americans who voted for President Obama as deluded or even stupid. We can expect 11 months more of such rhetoric until the Republican National Convention in July 2016.
Frank Fear: Sanders isn’t talking about change via a policy here, a program there. He’s talking about re-scripting the social order.
Bernie Sanders: Now that BLM and Sanders have made peace, his campaign has the potential to revive Martin Luther King’s dream of building a progressive movement that can challenge both racism and economic inequality.
Berry Craig: Now it’s “Never argue with a man or woman with a microphone in hand and a video camera rolling over his or her shoulder.” The lesson seems lost on Bevin.
Justin Chapman: More than 27,500 people filled the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena and its overflow area to hear the 73-year-old firebrand senator from Vermont lay out his vision for a “grassroots political revolution” to “transform the United States of America.”
Tom Hastings: Symone Sanders blasted it over the fence in her eight minutes on the most divisive issue facing the nation and the Sanders campaign—violence against unarmed African Americans.
Michael T. Hertz: The monied oligarchy does whatever it can to create circuses, dole out portions of bread, and leave most of society hanging in limbo while those with money tend to their yachts, play golf, and control everything they can.
Joe Mathews: The Central Coast is growing heart-healthy fruits and vegetables. And having candidates and voters drinking lots of California wine is probably the only way today’s crazy American politics could begin to make sense.