Robert Reich: The howling manchild who occupies the Oval Office is being cut off and contained.
John Peeler: The South today, after desegregation, has devised other, more subtle ways of keeping the blacks down, and most Southern whites today will be quick to condemn open racism.
WJ Astore: For me, statues and monuments are a stimulus for reflection as well as education. Who was that guy on a horse? Why is he being honored? And what does that decision tell us about who we were and are as a people?
Rosemary Joyce: Archaeology has a checkered history of exploitation by totalitarian regimes. Treating the question of what materials from the past should be preserved, studied, and thus valorized, as politically neutral is part of the reason for that history.
Alvaro Huerta: In terms of moral values, it’s imperative that community organizers don’t impose their own values or belief systems on the community members they’re “trying to help.”
Ted Vaill: It is no surprise that in 1932, when Hitler was running for Germany’s top elective office, his campaign slogan was “Make Germany Great Again”, and that Trumputin used the same slogan in his campaign for the American presidency.
Jaime O’Neill: Those of us anywhere along the spectrum the reactionaries saw as left of them were portrayed, and continue to be portrayed, as people who cared more about owls and snail darters than about jobs, who were remote from the concerns of working people.
W.J. Astore: Lifelong military officers favor military solutions to problems. That’s precisely why you want civilians to control them, and to counterbalance their military advice.
Lance Simmens: Making America Great Again means entertaining support from white supremacists, neo-Nazi’s, the Ku Klux Klan, the survivalist movement, vigilante militias, and it is all neatly packaged in a spiffy new advertising meme labelled the alt-right.
Peter Dreier: In less than two weeks, a petition calling for Congress to censure President Donald Trump for misconduct and misdeeds has attracted more than 14,500 signatures.
Jaime O’Neill: Much more effective, when it comes to losing, is our timidity about hawking our agenda, about standing tall and speaking loud about the things we believe in most fervently.
Ron Briley: It is difficult to argue with Klein’s premise that piecemeal reform and efforts to form alliances with liberal corporatist politicians have brought progressives to this crisis
Robert Reich: This outburst of political effort resisting Trump has no parallel in recent history. John F. Kennedy asked Americans to ponder what they might do for America; Donald Trump is getting them to actually do it.