Jack Rothman: The first option is for Sanders to focus on reforming or radicalizing the Democratic Party, basically creating a new and robust New Deal.
Barbara MacLean: liberals have abandoned so many of the traditions they once fought for historically that the socialist movement has, unfortunately, taken over the causes of liberals ranging from state intervention in the economy, to raising the minimum wage, and introducing single payer healthcare as if this were the core of socialism.
John Peeler: Trump is a particular type of asshole: an ass-clown, who “seeks an audience’s enjoyment while being slow to understand how it views him.” Indeed, given his exaggerated or inflamed need to be superior, he is a flaming asshole.
Larry Wines: “They told me if I voted for Goldwater in 1964 that there would be racial violence in the streets and a major war in Southeast Asia. And you know what? I did, and they were right!”
Ana Beatriz Cholo: Where does Erin Aubry Kaplan think Barack Obama fit in the pantheon of great black American leaders?
Steve Hochstadt: Republicans have made taxes into enemy #1 of Americans. But the policies they propose mainly help the wealthy. They always attack the income tax, the most progressive tax.
Frank Fear: For years I assumed that higher education valued social responsibility in athletic administration. But universities pay primary attention to winning, branding/marketing, and finances. Social responsibility is often relegated to the undercard.
One of my history-minded friends has a long-range political view summed up in three words: Liberals always win. Battles may be ferocious and seem endless, he says, but they finally bring progressive victories. Liberals Are the Future
Marguerite Renner: Jane Mayer’s ‘Dark Money’ details efforts of the Koch Brothers to buy control of the American political system. Democracy Under Fire
Bernie Sanders: At a time when so few have so much, and so many have so little, we must reject the foundations of this contemporary economy as immoral and unsustainable.
Berry Craig: I’ve never heard anybody call a “fart” a “trump” in my neck of the Bluegrass State woods. Nonetheless, count me in for transplanting “trump” from Old World to New. Trump Means Fart
Walter Moss: When I hear mention of any Trump tower and hear strident political-campaign accusations, I think rather of a different tower, the Tower of Babel, whose building the Bible says led God to confound the builders’ language so that they could no longer understand one another.
Ron Briley: While a repeat of the 1968 Chicago convention does not seem likely, the Republican Party establishment’s plan to deny Trump the nomination through a brokered convention has provoked assertions by the businessman that his supporters would riot and might trigger a third party candidacy by Trump that would splinter the party.