John Feffer: The radical right has developed a global narrative that, by uniting virulent racists and commonplace conservatives, mass shooters and populist politicians, is already injecting fringe ideas into mainstream culture.
Walter G. Moss: Like fish in water, we need a sustaining element to surround us. We need a counterculture, or an opposing culture or way of life, to embolden our emotions and imaginations.
Harvey Wasserman: The bailout is vehemently opposed by a large majority of Ohioans, including most of its usually pro-corporate media.
Pat Elder: the federal government’s focus should be on diagnosing the sick and taking care of them, stopping the flow of contaminants, and providing clean water. Sadly, the DOD continues to contaminate drinking water supplies while the EPA is a non-actor.
Angelika Albaladejo : Why was a mother charged with failure to protect her children when she had moved them away from her abusive partner and into a shelter?
Tom Engelhardt: Brexit won’t just be an exit from the European Union but, for all intents and purposes, from history itself. It will mark the end of a century-long fall that will turn Britain back into a relatively inconsequential island kingdom.
Peter Laarman: The question that puzzles and vexes me is why so few U.S. faith leaders are stepping out and talking on their own about the astonishing degree of corruption and connivance that makes the lives of so many millions so miserable.
Ralph Shaffer: To Sessions and other like-minded reactionaries, Communism in America apparently means: helmets for motorcyclists, seat belts for adults, and car seats for toddlers.
Harvey Wasserman: in 1896 the Populists were sabotaged by wimp Democrat William Jennings Bryan, who begged their support, then back-stabbed them in a presidential election he lost (of course) to the corporate Republican, William McKinley.
Walter G. Moss: What directs Trump’s actions is his narcissism. A narcissism that leaves no room for wisdom or other moral values such as humility or empathy.
Vicki Ryder: I’d like to think that we all might learn to play by a new set of rules where everyone gets a fair share and nobody gets hurt.
John Peeler: Pervasive corruption on a scale previously unknown in this country (but check out Russia) is indeed the essential feature of this presidency.
Madeline is fierce and funny and fragile like any five year old. I fear that the world Donald Trump is taking such a hand in creating won’t have room for her — and, on some deep level, I suspect, she senses that, too, and it makes her mad.