Robert Reich: Everyone knows our democracy is drowning under big money. Confidence in politics has plummeted, and big money as the major culprit.
Walter Moss: Hillary Clinton has expressed far more concern about the environment than has Trump, but she has displayed few signs of pursuing a more pacific Middle East policy than President Obama or of discouraging the high-consumption lifestyle that so many of us regard as almost a God-given right.
Lance Simmens: Donald Trump has shown himself to be simply overmatched by the magnitude of the issues that he will be expected to deal with. He has exhibited a disdain, if not outright rejection, of the notion that complex decisions require careful examination of potential consequences.
Paul K. Haeder: Every single day I get the same memo – “What are we going to do with 7.1 billion people on earth, and who gets the brass ring and which ones are just too expensive for our own survival and love of the good life?”
Michael T. Hertz: At the present moment, it appears ever less likely that Bernie will make it to the White House. But we can dream, can’t we? And we can think: what would it be like to have a leader who really responded to the people?
Murray Polner: Presidential elections since the sixties showed that its memories and impact will remain with us “so long as politicians who came of age in the 1960s seek high office—and perhaps longer— the tensions of the era will retain their power.” Those Fabulous Sixties
Charles Hayes: We still aspire to an ethos of self-reliance and rugged individualism espoused by the likes of Ralph Waldo Emerson at a time when we were poorer in purse but much more independent.
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.