Walter Moss: Much of Trump’s appeal, just as with Hitler’s, was that he was perceived as someone different than the traditional politicians, as someone who would take bold actions and speak up for ordinary people.
Steve Singer: The people were crying out for a populist champion. We had one in Bernie Sanders. He would have destroyed Trump, but we blew it.
William Blum: Since the 1959 revolution, the American mainstream media has routinely referred to Cuba as a dictatorship. But just what does Cuba do or lack that makes it a dictatorship?
Berry Craig: More than a few Confederate battle flags fluttered above Trump yard signs and flapped at Trump rallies in Dixie and in border states like Kentucky, where I was born, reared and still live.
Tom Hastings: Our Ship of State is about to be handed to a man who will give an entirely different, darker, more deadly meaning to dead reckoning—a reckoning from Mother Earth, a reckoning from Cosmic Justice…
RJ Eskow: Eventually, most Americans will realize that their lives aren’t getting any better – and are, in fact, getting worse. Where will they turn when that happens?
Marcy Winograd: Trump’s “Argument for a New America” shares with Hitler’s “Triumph of the Will” a documentary style, nationalistic message, working class jargon, godly or mythological symbolism, and strategic camera angles that elevate the savior.
Richard Greeman: Students and demonstrators continue to chant “Not Our President,” but the elites are busy normalizing the abnormal, legitimizing the illegitimate, and banalizing evil.
Lance Simmens: Oh you silly child, I ran on a serious platform, drain the swamp, clean house, run the government like a business, scare the shit out of our enemies, say outrageous things to show that we are not pussies.
Skip Rizzo: Trump promised to “drain the swamp” in Washington, and thus far, with the exception of the alt-right, white nationalist (euphemism for Racist/Nazi), Steve Bannon, Trump is populating his cabinet with a buncha olde, failed, musty-assed, mainstream rethuglican relics still reeking from the stench of the bygone Bush era and beyond.
John Peeler: Democrats, particularly in this election, became exclusively identified with blacks and other minorities, not to mention culturally subversive groups like feminists, abortion-rights activists, LGTBQ activists—the list goes on.
Larry Wines: Looking back to that November 22nd of 53 years ago, there is cause to find hope, and even more, a teachable moment, as we consider the terrible consequences of allowing bold dreams to die.
Richard Greeman: Is it really such a mystery why down-scale voters, deeply discontented with the Establishment and deprived of the option of a Leftist “political revolution” chose the option of a political revolution of the Right?