Joe Palermo: Today, the 115th Congress is gearing up to enact the same misguided policies that failed the country so miserably under George W. Bush — but this time on steroids.
Jaime O’Neill: The rudder broke off a long ways up river, but we’d veered off course well before that, after we floated past the wreckage of that Twin Towers landmark that we were looking at when we should have been paying more careful attention to navigating.
Berry Craig: Trump, who has spent months fawning over Putin, had done nothing to ally suspicions from Democrats, and even a few Republicans, that Putin indeed helped him win on November 8.
Peter Cavanaugh: I regard the President-elect’s conduct over the past two weeks as treacherous—if not treasonous. “One president at a time” is not just a silly slogan—it is a Constitutional command. Look it up.
Mario Solis-Marich: The out-in-the-cold consultants only need ask their Latino and African American counterparts if they want an indication of how chilly it can get outside of 433 Capitol St.
Walter Moss: The crude emergence during the last year of Donald Trump from just another glitzy celebrity to now the most powerful person in our country (and Time’s person of the year) represents a victory (temporary, I hope) of the dark Vegas-Strip aspect of our culture over the more noble, progressive National-Parks side.
Peter Cavanaugh: Blue collar Trump supporters soon discover cynical promises to “bring back jobs” and “invest a trillion dollars in infrastructure” were bold-faced, undeliverable lies
Walter Moss: Liberals and intellectuals who have underrated Trump’s political skills have often done so for the same reason Hitler was often dismissed by cultured people.
Walter Brasch: Most of us within the year will probably declare that we miss Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, and Lady Liberty “more and more every day.”
William J. Astore: Despite Trump’s thin-skinned nature and relative ignorance of foreign affairs, I don’t see nuclear war in the immediate future. But I do see creeping militarism and growing authoritarianism
Ted Vaill: It is now clear that Putin and Russian intelligence agents provided the leaked emails to Wikileaks. Did the Russians also entirely manipulate our Presidential election procedures?
Walter Moss: What is especially appealing about Sanders’ phrasing is his clear recognition that on some issues there can be no compromise, and global warming is one of them.
Jaime O’Neill: Even before the election, Trump supporters who claimed to be free of racism were lending enthusiastic support to a man who not only said so many racist things, but had so many openly racist supporters.