Ted Vaill: BLOTUS wants to make sure every American has health insurance, so he could just embrace a new idea, one he is now eligible for at the advanced age of 70: MEDICARE FOR ALL.
Tom Hall: If progressives can develop honest messages about what the Donald’s administration team members positively stand for, those messages may have a better chance of reaching voters who are becoming concerned about the realities of the new regime.
Randy Shaw: Americans failure to vote in 2010 and 2014. built Republican power. So why does Obama think that these Americans will go to the polls to vote out Republicans in 2018?
Janet Maker: Crooked elections and wars with nuclear-armed countries are not supported by the base of either party, nor are they part of any party’s platform. Whose agenda are they serving?
John Peeler: While democracy cannot work without opposition and conflict, we have failed to remember how to have those while maintaining civility and mutual respect.
Mel Gurtov: The central question before us is, How can such an egotistical, power-hungry person who has created a wall around him that defies access be upended?
Peggy Renner: Describing himself as the messenger, not the message, Sanders discusses the decline of the middle class and calls for transforming an economy which exists to reinforce and strengthen the arm of the elite.
William J. Astore: Recall a saying often attributed to P.T. Barnum that “a sucker is born every minute.” Trump knows this — and will exploit it to the hilt, if the American people let him.
Doris Wolz-Cohen: When people ask me if I think Donald Trump can hurt the eco- and soul-consciousness I stand for, I recite verse fifty-two from the Tao Te Ching
Steve Hochstadt: I don’t predict the death of American democracy, because Trump is much more interested in himself than in any authoritarian program and is not smart enough to actually lead an organized movement.
Robert Reich: Hold few if any press conferences, preferring to communicate with the public directly through mass rallies and unfiltered statements.
Robert Reich: The man who is about to become President of the United States continues to exhibit a mean-spirited, thin-skinned, narcissistic and vindictive character.
Larry Wines: Things get goofy when the first day of the year arrives on a Sunday. We’ll get to why, and work our way to the specific January 1st histories that determine a lot of this year’s January 1st.